Nursing
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Nursing Program Options and Program Statistics

Traditional Pathway 

The Traditional Pathway is two-years, four semesters of nursing courses that begins every fall semester. Successful completion of this program enables the graduate to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN®) to become a registered nurse. Applicants must have a 2.5 overall GPA to be considered for the program.

The Traditional Pathway is currently offered at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue, and Strawberry Plains campuses.

More information about the Traditional Pathway



Bridge to RN Pathway 

The accelerated Bridge to RN Pathway is a 12-month, three semester program that takes into account your training and experience as either a licensed LPN or Paramedic so you can "bridge" the gap to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree (AASN). The advanced placement program begins every summer. Successful completion of this program enables the graduate to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN®) to become a registered nurse.  Applicants must have a 2.5 overall GPA to be considered for the program.

The Bridge to RN Pathway takes place at the Strawberry Plains campus.

More information about the Bridge to RN Pathway



Traditional Pathway and Bridge to RN Pathway Comparison Flow Chart PDF

Program Statistics

NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate

  • 2015--92%
  • 2014--89%
  • 2013--97%
  • 2012--97%

Completion Rate

  • 2015--77.7%
  • 2014--88.3%
  • 2013--77%
  • 2012--73%

Job Placement Rate

  • 2015--100%
  • 2014--94%
  • 2013--97%
  • 2012--100%