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Follow your passion for helping others in a rewarding and highly in-demand career in Nursing! When you’re finished with your Pellissippi State coursework, you’ll be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

On average, 95% – 100% of our graduates pass and are ready to start their nursing careers right away!

  • Our prestigious Nursing program provides traditional classroom lectures and more than 400 hours of hands-on experience
  • Courses offered at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses
  • Real-time training with state-of-the-art SimMan, SimMom, and SimBaby patient simulators

Pellissippi State’s Nursing faculty teach skills to prepare you for to prepare you for whatever Nursing path you choose.

  • Professional behavior
  • Communication
  • Assessment
  • Clinical decision making
  • Caring interventions
  • Teaching
  • Collaboration
  • Managing care

Contact Us

Nursing Department
7201 Strawberry Plains Pike
Room ST3646
Knoxville, TN 37914

Schedule an Appointment

Brian Gilpin
Nursing Pathways Advising Coordinator
Strawberry Plains Campus: ST 3645

Jennifer D. Strader
Nursing Pathways Advisor
Strawberry Plains Campus: ST2930

Undergraduate Programs

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)

Traditional Pathway

  • Fall Application available October 1-January 31 (Strawberry Plains, Magnolia, and Blount County Campuses)
  • Spring Application available March 1- July 31 (Strawberry Plains Campus)
  • Degree Plan for Traditional Pathway (PDF)

Spring Bridge to RN Pathway

Application Information

We appreciate your commitment and wish you the best of luck in your application process. We look forward to the possibility of welcoming you into the Nursing Program at Pellissippi State.

  • Be enrolled as a Pellissippi State student.
  • Complete the online application on the Nursing website
  • Complete the HESI by February 7, 2024

Register Now

No late applications or HESI results will be accepted.

  • Results will be sent to your PSTCC webmail account around February 15, 2024
  • If selected, the Nursing program will begin in August 2024

If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, you can reach out to the following contacts:

  • This information is only for students who wish to start the Nursing program in Fall 2024. It is fine if you are currently working on your General Education course. You are welcome to apply for any future Nursing start. PSCC Nursing offers 2 applications times each calendar year.
  • Fall admission period is only Traditional Pathway.  if you are seeking admission into the Bridge to RN program, application will be due by July 31 of this year.
  • There will NO HESI exemptions for any reason (i.e. previous degrees earned, taken for another program of nursing, could not schedule a test time)
  • Failure to complete HESI by February 7 will result in ineligible status


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850 
Atlanta, Georgia 30326 
Phone: 404.975.5000 
Fax: 404.975.5020


Tennessee State Board of Nursing (TBON) 
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615.532.5166 or 800.778.4123

The mission of the program is to produce graduates with necessary skills and competencies to assist individuals and families in achieving optimal levels of functioning and independence. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to practice safe nursing and function as productive team members as a provider of patient care, as a manager of care, and as a member within the discipline of nursing upon successful completion of the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses.

The Nursing Department’s mission is congruent with the mission of Pellissippi State Community College. The  Nursing Department prepares students to enter the workforce with the abilities to think critically about actual or potential patient care problems, the ability to critically analyze and articulate positions on patient care, communicating effectively and professionally both orally and  in writing; to recognize, define, and implement appropriate health care for patients;  to adapt to emerging developments and applications in the nursing profession; and to work independently with a network of individuals and function within a team to facilitate care for individuals and groups of patients with health  care needs. The Nursing Department prepares graduates who are capable of functioning competently at the beginning level of entry into practice. Recognizing the rapid changes in healthcare delivery, the Department also inculcates the necessity of continued professional growth and development through life-long learning.

The Nursing Department is committed to providing an education that values excellence in ethical patient care and professional growth and integrity.

Discover what it is like to be a Pellissippi State Nursing program student and graduate. Join us and find out why Pellissippi State is one of the “top 50 fastest growing public two-year colleges” nationally.

The Pellissippi State Nursing Department is committed to assisting each and every student in achieving success. For this reason, specific requirements regarding enrollment and re-entry are in place to ensure that all students committed to their educational goals are given every opportunity to progress and complete the program.