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Online degrees available. Choose from seven completely online programs.Online degrees available. Choose from seven completely online programs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get started?

First apply to Roane State Community College (RSCC). Students must be accepted to RSCC before applying to the nursing program. Information on admissions is available in the catalog's Nursing Program Admissions Policy (steps 1 & 2) and in the Nursing Program Admission Packet. In addition, applicants must complete the nursing online application in Raidernet.

When do I take the pre-admission exam?

After a student has met the admission requirements for college level courses, they need to contact the Testing Center to schedule their 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?

Applicants must first be accepted to RSCC. If a student anticipates meeting the minimum eligibility requirements by the end of the fall term, they may go ahead and apply by the posted deadline. (See Nursing Admission Packet or college catalog). 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?

Students can retake the LPN Challenge exam after a minimum 3 month waiting period. To facilitate preparation for this exam, students 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 AS Pre-Nursing degree and an AAS Nursing degree?

The AS Pre-Nursing curriculum is for students who are preparing to transfer to a BSN program or are awaiting acceptance to the AAS Nursing program. Transfer students only take BSN pre-requisites, not nursing courses at RSCC. The AAS Nursing curriculum prepares the student to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam and enter the nursing workforce at graduation. After completing the AAS Nursing program, graduates may be interested in furthering their education and completing their BSN.

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

Once a student completes the admissions process and enrolls at RSCC, their other college transcripts will be evaluated. As long as their college is regionally accredited and the course titles and credit hours are similar, the courses should transfer to RSCC. If a student has questions, they 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, their admission status will depend on their 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 a student is not admitted, they 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.

What are the locations of my clinical?

Students 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 for the traditional option and 67 for the LPN Mobility option. The program of study 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 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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