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AASN Traditional Pathway

Nursing Applications and HESI A2 Registration will be open October 1-January 31 for Fall and March 1-July 31 for Spring.

The Pellissippi State AASN Traditional Pathway consists of 22 months (four or five semesters) of registered nursing classes in addition to other general education course requirements. It is designed to give the student the necessary skills and preparation for employment as a Registered Nurse (RN) 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.

  • Application Timelines:
    • Traditional Fall: October 1-January 31
    • Traditional Spring: March 1- July 31
  • Program Timelines:
    • Traditional Fall: 4 semesters of work over 5 semesters of time (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring) 22 months
    • Traditional Spring: 4 semesters of work over 6 semesters of time (Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) 22 months

Quick Facts:

  • 22 months: 4 or 5 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring)  
  • No prior medical certifications required 
  • Offered at Blount, Magnolia, and Strawberry Plains Campuses 
  • General education courses that must be completed by graduation:
    • A&P I (BIOL 2010)
    • A&P II (BIOL 2020)
    • General Psychology (PSYC 1030)
    • English Comp I (ENGL 1010)
    • Fundamentals of Communication (COMM 2025) -or- Public Speaking (COMM 2045)
    • Microbiology (BIOL 2130)
    • Introductory 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) 
  • Only the last two Science course completions will be considered for ranking purposes. Any attempt over
    the limit will not be considered. Course withdraws do not count as attempts. (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)

Traditional Pathway AASN Degree Plan (PDF)

Traditional Pathway Admissions Ranking Sheet (PDF)


How Do I Apply?

Once you click the Apply Now button below, you will be directed to log into myPellissippi. Once you've logged in, make sure you're on the Home page in myPellissippi. Navigate to the box called "Links" and select Nursing Applications to drop down the links to the available applications. Select your application, fill out the information and submit.




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

  • 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.