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Bridge to RN Pathway

The Pellissippi State AASN Bridge Pathway consists of three semesters of nursing classes in addition to other general education course requirements. Bridge was developed to allow students who have already completed certifications as LPN (Licensed Practical Nurses) and Paramedics to use their prior experiences to complete the program in a shorter amount of time. It is designed to give the student the necessary skills and preparation for employment as a RN (Registered Nurse) after graduation. Graduates of the AASN program are eligible to apply for the National Council License Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse.

The Bridge Pathway will be primarily conducted as an Online course.
Students will have the majority of their lecture content delivered through the online class format.
Students are still required to report to campus for some Lectures, Exams, Labs, and all clinical hours.

The Online format will only apply to the Summer Bridge portion of the Nursing program.
Upon completion of Bridge, student will continue with the traditional land based version of the program for their final two semesters.

Quick Facts:

Summer Bridge application will open in October

  • 3 semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring) 
  • Must have current and unencumbered LPN / Paramedics license
  • Students will attend the Strawberry Plains campus for the Summer semester, then possibly be reassigned to another campus for the remainder of the Nursing program
  • General education courses that must be completed prior to Bridge acceptance:
    • A&P I (BIOL 2010)
    • A&P II (BIOL 2020)
    • General Psychology (PSYC 1030)
    • English Comp I (ENGL 1010)
  • General education courses that must be completed prior to graduation:
    • Public Speaking (COMM 2045)
    • Microbiology (BIOL 2130)
    • Probability + Statistics (MATH 1530)
    • Humanities course (see FAQ for list of approved courses)
  • Science courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher (A+P I, A+P II, Microbiology)
  • Science courses may not be repeated more than once (A+P I, A+P II, Microbiology)
  • Science courses must not be more than 5 years old at the time of application deadline (A+P I, A+P II, Microbiology)
  • Students enrolled in the accelerated program must successfully complete the transitional course (NRSG 1700) available in the summer semester. Upon successful completion of NRSG 1700, bridge students merge into the 2nd year of the nursing program.

Bridge to RN Pathway Degree Plan (PDF)

Bridge Admissions Ranking Sheet (PDF)

Acceptance into the Bridge to RN Pathway is highly competitive.  Criteria used to assess candidates are:

  • Applicants to the Bridge to RN pathway must possess current LPN or EMT-P licensure
  • Overall GPA in general education courses required for the A.A.S.N. degree (minimum of 2.5 GPA) 
  • HESI A2 nursing entrance exam scores
  • Extra weight will be given for required math and science courses completed with a grade of B or higher
  • Extra weight will be given for any higher education degree earned (e.g. A.A.S., B.S., M.S.)

Note that course and admission requirements may change. See the College Catalog for more information on admission requirements for the College and for the Nursing Department.