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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get started?

First apply to Roane State Community College (RSCC). You must be accepted to RSCC before applying to the nursing program. Check with online college catalog for information on the Nursing Program Admissions Policy (Steps 1 & 2). Download and print the Nursing Program Admission Packet. In addition, you must complete the nursing online application in Raidernet.

When do I take the pre-admission exam?

After you have met the admission requirements for college level courses, contact the Testing Center to schedule your Nursing Pre-Admission HESI A-2 Exam.

Are Re-Takes Allowed for the HESI-nursing pre-admission exam (HESI-A2)?

RSCC allows students to re-take the exam after a minimum 3 month waiting period. Each time an exam is taken the examinee is required to pay the full fee. (See Testing Center website for current fee information.)

When should I apply to the Nursing program?

If you anticipate meeting the minimum eligibility requirements by the end of the fall term, you may go ahead and apply by the posted deadline. (See Nursing Admission Packet or college catalog). Applicants must first be accepted to RSCC. Students can access the nursing application through the Student tab in their RaiderNet account.

What is the deadline for submitting the online nursing application?

All eligibility requirements must be met, and the completed application submitted to the nursing division, by the deadline of the 4th Friday in January no later than 4:30 pm for the fall class of the same year. A new application must be submitted each year.

I didn’t pass the LPN Challenge exam, when can I take it again?

You can retake the LPN Challenge exam after a minimum 3 month waiting period. To facilitate preparation for this exam, you may purchase an NCLEX-PN review book either from a local bookstore or online. Remediation of this information is strongly encouraged to facilitate your success in passing the exam.

What is the difference between an Associate of Applied Science –Nursing and Bachelor of Science Pre-Nursing?

The Bachelor of Science–Pre-Nursing curriculum is for students who are preparing to transfer to a BSN completion program. The transfer students only take pre-requisites, not nursing courses at RSCC. The Associate of Applied Science-Nursing curriculum prepares the student to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and enter the workforce. After completing your Associate of Applied Science-Nursing program, you may be interested in furthering your education and completing your BSN.

I am transferring from another accredited college. How do I know if my courses will be accepted?

Once you complete the admissions process and enroll at RSCC, your other college transcripts will be evaluated. As long as your college is regionally accredited and the course titles and credit hours are similar, the courses should transfer to RSCC. If you have questions, you should contact the Admissions & Records Office.

What is the number of students accepted for the traditional program?

This may vary depending on the availability of clinical facilities and other factors. Recent class admissions have included about 100 students.

What is the number of students accepted for the LPN Mobility option?

This may vary, depending on the availability of clinical facilities and other factors. Recent class admissions have included about 20 students.

Will I be admitted?

Applicants are ranked using the applicant scoring tool (see Nursing Admission Packet); therefore, your admission status will depend on your ranking.

When/how will I know if I’ve been accepted into the program?

All applicants are notified of their admission status by official RSCC Raidernet email by no later than mid-May each year. Information will not be given via phone.

What if I apply and I am not admitted?

If you are not admitted, you may re-apply the following year.

What is your readmission procedure/policy?

After initial admission to the program, students eligible for readmission may be readmitted to the nursing program only once. Information regarding readmission is in the online college catalog.

I will be applying but have taken most of my general education courses. Are there other courses I may take?

The Advising Resource Center recommends you take courses that will help you be successful in the Nursing program and that may be able to be used in the future for pursuing a BSN. Contact your advisor to discuss specifics. Possible courses include:

What are the locations of my clinical?

You will be assigned to a variety of clinical experiences, and the locations will depend on the availability of clinical placements. Clinical experiences may be scheduled in various clinical affiliates in Anderson County, Blount County, Cumberland County, Knox County & Roane County.

How long is the program?

The total length of the program is 66 credits, which may be completed in 5 semesters. There are 4 semesters of nursing courses after admission to the program.

What is your success rate at the licensure examination?

In over 30 years of the program’s existence, there has been only two (2) times when the NCLEX-RN pass rate on first attempt has been less than 90%.

What is my earning potential as a new graduate from nursing school?

Approximately $18-21.00/hour.



Special articulation agreements exist for students who complete this program and wish to pursue a bachelor's degree. See or call toll free at 1-866-462-7722 ext. 4597 or 865-882-4597 for more information.

With the exception noted above, this program is designed for students who plan to enter the field upon graduation. Students intending to transfer to a baccalaureate program are advised that they should check with their academic advisor and the four-year institution regarding specific transfer of courses.

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