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The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Nursing emphasizes patient-centered approaches to nursing care. The graduate nurse is able to provide highly skilled nursing care for patients and families in a variety of health care delivery settings. The program of learning includes the study of clinical application of nursing theory and principles. The graduate is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX examination to become a registered nurse.

Admission Policies for Associate of Applied Science 

The RSCC Academic Council has established (for both beginning and transfer students) the following requirements in considering applicants for admission into the Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing Program:

  1. Applicants must:
    1. Apply and be accepted to RSCC.
    2. Submit high school transcripts or GED equivalent and transcripts of all previous college work to the Admissions and Records Office.
    3. Take the ACT exam (for applicants under 21 years of age).
    4. Complete Learning Support courses prior to the application deadline to the nursing program as determined by the requirements specified in the Admission Requirements of the RSCC catalog under “General Student Classifications.”
    5. Pass the nursing pre-admission test by the application deadline.  Preadmission testing for entrance into the Nursing program is waived for those applicants with a previously earned associate degree or above from an accredited college (SACSCOC or equivalent accrediting body.)
  2. In addition to requirements above, applicants must meet requirement A, B and C below prior to the published application deadline.
    1. Complete at least 13 of the 27 required credit hours of Nursing general education courses including the college math requirement (MATH 1130 or 1530 or higher level), BIOL 2010, and PSYC 2130.  MATH 1410 will not fulfill the math requirement.
    2. Complete the required math and science courses with a grade of "C" or above.
    3. Achieve a 2.75 GPA (GPA is calculated only on the required general education courses).
    4. Licensed Practical Nurses may be admitted by fulfilling the following:
      1. Meet requirements A, B, C, and D in the above Section I.
      2. Meet requirements A, B, and C in Section II.
      3. Pass a proficiency exam.
  3. Only nursing specialty courses which were completed within three years prior to applying for admission or readmission will be considered. Science courses more than ten (10) years old will not be considered.
  4. An information session will be scheduled in early summer (date to be published) for all accepted students.  Students will receive information about health requirements, background checks, CPR, uniforms and other program requirements.  Students will be permitted to register for nursing classes after attending the information session.
  5. A mandatory orientation to the nursing program will be scheduled prior to the first day of classes. Prior to this orientation students must submit:
    1. A completed physical examination providing evidence of physical status necessary for practice in all areas of nursing care.
    2. Proof of current CPR certification that includes one-person, two-person and infant and child CPR (Health Care Provider).
    3. Evidence of background check.
    4. Students who do not attend this orientation and submit physical examinations and proof of CPR certification by the first day of class will be withdrawn from the program.
  6. Health:
    1. Even though preliminary admission to the Nursing Program has been granted, a student will be required to undergo a physical exam/health verification before final admission to the program. Students will be required, during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain tasks and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Core performance standards for admission and progression which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 are listed in the catalog under Career Preparation Programs.
    2. Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of the affiliating agencies. For example, health insurance may be required by some affiliating agencies. Not having health insurance could limit a student’s educational experience. Students are responsible for costs incurred from injury or illness while in the Nursing Program.
  7. Other
    1. Criminal background checks may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in the nursing program. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of  the Nursing Program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from the Nursing Division Dean or program director.
    2. Students will be required to provide nursing care under supervision, for patients with infectious diseases. Any student refusing assignment to an infectious patient may be subject to dismissal from the program.
    3. The applicant must report if any license in any health care field has been suspended, revoked or denied.
    4. Additional testing and counseling may be recommended on an individual basis.
    5. The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Division Dean and the office of the Dean of Student Services and Multicultural Affairs. Please refer to the nursing handbook for further information. Failure to correct the problem will result in termination from the Nursing Program.
    6. There are additional expenses for the nursing program.  Uniforms are required.  Financial Aid may be available.  Questions should be directed to the Financial Aid office.

The Nursing Admissions Committee considers all eligible applicants and recommends applicants for acceptance into the Nursing Program.  Students who have not met minimum requirements will not be considered. All students meeting minimum criteria will be considered competitively, based on ACT score or GPA in required general education courses completed. It will be to the applicant's benefit to complete as many general education courses as possible by application deadline. The earlier application date will also be considered if other criteria are equal. MEETING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE. Preference will be given to Tennessee residents.

Transferring Nursing Students  

RSCC General Student classification admission policies for transfer students apply to transferring nursing students. Students wishing to transfer nursing credits must meet RSCC general admissions requirements. Nursing Program admission requirements must also be met with the exception of the nursing pre-admission test. A letter of recommendation including evidence of clinical and lab competency must be submitted from the director of the previous nursing program. The student must be eligible to progress in their previous program.  No nursing courses earned in a sc