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Follow your passion for helping others in a rewarding and highly in-demand career in Nursing. Pellissippi State’s prestigious Nursing program provides traditional classroom lectures and more than 400 hours of hands-on experience at the Blount County, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses – including real-time training with state-of-the-art SimMan patient simulators. (Yeah, they’re a little creepy, but they’re great teachers!)

As a nurse, you will have the opportunity to care for patients in a variety of settings and in every stage of health, from hospitals and nursing homes to walk-in clinics and elementary schools. Pellissippi State Nursing faculty teach skills like professional behavior, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring interventions, teaching, collaboration and managing care to prepare you for whatever Nursing path you choose.

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% to 100% of our graduates pass and are ready to start their nursing careers right away.

Typical job opportunities:

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN), Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Nurse Midwife (CNM), Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Nursing Instructors and Teachers

Average salaries:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): $30,720
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN): $48,500
  • Registered Nurse (RN): $77,460
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP): $111,840
  • Nurse Midwife (CNM): $108,810
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA): $181,040
  • Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary: $83,160

Degree Plan for Traditional Pathway (PDF)
Degree Plan for Spring Bridge Pathway (PDF)

Undergraduate Programs

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) 

Traditional Pathway
     Fall Application available October 1-January 31
     Spring Application available March 1- July 31

Spring Bridge to RN Pathway
     Spring Application available March 1- July 31


Tennessee State Board of Nursing (TBON) 
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 532-5166 or 1-800-778-4123


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 
Formerly NLNAC 
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850 
Atlanta, Georgia 30326 
Phone: (404) 975-5000 
Fax: (404) 975-5020

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.

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