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Program Description. The Pellissippi State Nursing program begins each fall and is offered at two sites—the Magnolia Avenue Campus in Knoxville and the Blount County Campus in Friendsville. The program requires two years in addition to completing certain prerequisites. Per criteria of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, graduates are eligible to take the nursing licensure exam (NCLEXRN) to become a registered nurse and enter a nursing career. The program was approved in September 2009.

Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (A.A.S.N.)

Program goals. After successfully completing the Nursing program, the graduate will be equipped to do the following:

  1. Take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is required to become a registered nurse.
  2. Critically analyze and articulate positions on patient care, communicating effectively and professionally both orally and in writing.
  3. Recognize, define and implement appropriate health care for patients; adapt to emerging developments and applications in the nursing field.
  4. Work independently with a network of individuals and function within a work team to facilitate care for individuals and groups of patients with health-care needs.

Contact: Nursing Department, (865) 981-5353, departments/nursing

Nursing—Courses and Course Sequence

This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.

Semester I (Fall)
BIOL 2010 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
NURS 1150 Fundamentals of Nursing 9
PSYC 2130 Life Span Psychology 3
Semester II (Spring)
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology I I 4
ENGL 1010 English Composition I 3
NURS 1160 Lifespan Nursing I 9
Semester III (Summer)
BIOL 2130 Microbiology 4
HUM 1 Humanities and/or Fine Arts Electives 3
SPCH 2100 Public Speaking 3
Semester IV (Fall)
MATH 1530 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
or MATH 1130 College Algebra 3
NURS 2150 Lifespan Nursing II 9
Semester V (Spring)
NURS 2160 Lifespan Nursing Care III 9
NURS 2170 Transition to Nursing Practice 3
Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 66


HUM 1 Chosen from ARTH 2010, 2020; ENGL 2110, 2120, 2210, 2220, 2310, 2320, 2331, 2510, 2520, 2530; HUM 2810; MUS 1030; PHIL 1030, 1500, 2010, 2400; THEA 1030.


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