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AASN Traditional Pathway

Nursing Applications and HESI A2 Registration will open every October.

The Pellissippi State AASN Traditional Pathway consists of four 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.

Quick Facts:

Traditional Applications for Fall start will open in October

  •   Application deadline is February 28
  •   4 semesters (Fall, Spring, 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)
    •  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) 
  •  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)

Traditional Pathway AASN Degree Plan (PDF)

Traditional Pathway Admissions Ranking Sheet (PDF)


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.