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2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2015-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, A.A.S.


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Avon Williams Campus
(615) 963-7101
Windia Urquhart Wilbert, DNP, RN
AASN Program Director

Faculty: J. Bechard, S. Boone, B, Brown, C. Campbell, K. Gretton (LPN-RN Coordinator), E. Knox, S. Levy, B. Paramore, A. Poynter, A. Wilk and E. Wiltcher.

General Statement: The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is designed to prepare nurses who can provide safe competent care: assess patient needs, develop a plan of care, implement the plan of care skillfully, and evaluate the effectiveness of the care given. Care is provided to clients throughout the life cycle with commonly occurring illnesses in a variety of settings.

Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies:

  1. Clinical decision-making that results in finding solutions, individualizing care and assuring the delivery of accurate safe care that has positive outcomes.
  2. Understand the client and family’s cultural diversity to create a caring environment of hope and trust, where client choices related to cultural values, beliefs, and lifestyle are respected.
  3. Communication whether verbal, nonverbal, written or through information technology, that is effective and promotes positive outcomes.
  4. Professionalism which adheres to standards of professional practice; is accountable for own actions and behaviors; and within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
  5. Providing nursing care to the patient and family that incorporates knowledge of expected growth and development, prevents and/or provides for early detection of health problems, and uses strategies to achieve optimal health.
  6. Management of care by efficiently and effectively using human, physical, financial, and technological resources to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.

Program Options

There are two options for completing the associate degree program:

  1. The regular weekday program is offered on the main TSU campus, and at Volunteer State Community College.
  2. The LPN-AAS/RN Career Mobility evening/weekend program is offered on the TSU Avon Williams campus.

Admission, Progression, Retention Requirements

Students must be accepted into the University and be advised by the Division of Nursing faculty to assure students are completing the required courses for the AASN degree program.

Students can meet the prerequisite math requirement for the Division of Nursing by:

  1. taking an ACT (Enhanced) examination, within the last 3 years, and having a composite and a mathematics score of 19 or greater,
  2. or by successfully completing a college level algebra course from an accredited institution.

Students can meet the prerequisite Chemistry requirement for the AAS Nursing Program by:

Completing chemistry with a lab (1 year high school or 1 semester of college with grade of “C” or better).

All high school deficiencies and pre-requisite courses must be completed before being admitted to the AAS Nursing Program. Students are admitted on a space available basis.

Admission Requirements:

  1. All pre-requisite course requirements completed.
  2. High school graduate or a GED score of 50 or higher. Applicants with GED scores less than 50 must complete prescribed college level courses with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
  3. Overall GPA of 2.5 on high school or completed college work.
  4. One year of high school or one semester of college Chemistry with lab, with a grade of “C” or better which must be completed by the specific program application deadline.
  5. Verification of math competency at the college algebra level by university testing or completion of required courses.
  6. Completion of the pre-admission nursing entrance examination with scores equal to or above those designated on the AASN program website. (http://www.tnstate.edunnterior.asp?mid=2958,ptid=1)
  7. Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology/Bacteriology courses must have been taken within the last 5 years of admission with a minimal grade of C.
  8. The curriculum plan must be followed in the sequence listed in the catalog. General education required courses must be taken in the semester listed or may be completed before the required semester.

Application Requirements

Applications are available on-line or by contacting the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree program (http://www.tnstate.edu/interionasp?mid=2898,ptid=1).

Applicants will be conditionally accepted to the AASN Program until they are fully admitted to Tennessee State University.

Eligibility Considerations for Admission:

  1. completed Division of Nursing application
  2. copies of transcripts from all institutions
  3. copy of current TSU transcript
  4. copy of pre-admission nursing entrance examination report with designated scores

Admission Selection

The Admissions Committee will consider students who have submitted completed application materials postmarked by March 1st. Applications received after March 1st are considered on a space available basis. Students who are not admitted must reapply in order to be considered for the next academic year. Students who meet admission criteria are ranked for selection for the upcoming class. The order of selection for applications postmarked by March 1st will be ranked according to:

  1. Overall GPA on all college work or cumulative high school GPA if no college courses have been completed at the time of application.
  2. Number of required general education courses completed.
  3. Scores on the pre-admission nursing entrance examination.
  4. If more than one applicant has identical ranking scores, these applicants will be randomly selected. Qualified applicants who are not initially accepted will be placed on a waiting list and will be added to the class if space becomes available up until the first day of class. All waiting lists expire the first day of class.

Accepted Students

Students who are accepted are generally notified by May 15th. Students must return their acceptance form to the Division of Nursing AASN Program by the date listed in the admission notification letter to assure their space in the class. Students who do not return the acceptance form by the date listed in the letter will be removed from the admission list. Students must complete the required Division of Nursing orientation as stated in the admission notification letter.

Students admitted to the program on a space available basis are contingent on submission of required health forms by the designated due date. Students must have a health examination which indicates satisfactory health. Other requirements are: health insurance, Liability insurance [$1,000,000/$6,000,000], immunizations, titers, tuberculosis screening must be up to date as required by health care agencies for clinical practice. Clinical agencies may require fingerprinting, ten panel drug screen, and criminal background clearance. Students must show evidence of current AHA Healthcare Provider BLS training. Students must present documentation of requirements in order to attend clinical nursing classes. Documentation of all of the required clinical materials must be submitted to the AASN Program office no later than July 1. Failure to meet the July 1 deadline will result in loss of admission to the program. All requirements must be updated annually while the student is in the Division of Nursing courses.

Progression and Retention Requirements for AASN Program

  1. A grade of C or better in nursing courses and S (satisfactory) in laboratory and clinical evaluation is considered passing.
  2. A grade of D, F, or U is considered failing. A student who earns a failing grade in a nursing course is not eligible to progress in the program or be admitted to the BSN program.

Readmission Process

  1. A student who earns a failing grade in a nursing course and wants to re-apply, must write to the Program Director for re-entry at least six weeks before the beginning of the semester re-entry is requested. An updated transcript is required. Re-admission requests are reviewed by the Retention and Progression Committee, which makes recommendation to the program director. Readmission is in part based on available faculty and clinical resources. There is no guarantee that any student will be re-admitted.
  2. A student who earns a second failing grade in any nursing course at TSU cannot continue in the program. This includes any newly enrolled course(s) or any nursing course being repeated a second time.

Transfer of RN Nursing Courses:

Transfer students from other RN programs must meet the University and Division of Nursing requirements for admission and graduation. Students who have completed nursing courses with minimum grades of C in an NLNAC or CCNE accredited RN program may be eligible to receive transfer credit. Students must provide a current transcript, nursing course descriptions, evidence of satisfactory clinical performance, and a letter of good standing from their previous nursing school director BEFORE the course(s) are evaluated. Students who have earned a D, F, or WF in a nursing course at another school are not eligible for admission. Eligible transfer students are admitted on a space available basis.

Departmental Requirements for Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (60 Semester Hours)


General Education Core:


Twenty-four semester hours of University and General Education courses are required:

Suggested Two Year Plan: Total 60 credit hours


LPN-AASN/RN Career Mobility Program:


The Career Mobility Program is designed to meet the needs of LPN’s advancing their careers and recognize LPN’s previous learning and current clinical experience.

Eligibility considerations for Admission Requirements for Licensed Practical Nurses (AASN Program):

  1. All remedial and developmental requirements completed.
  2. High school graduate or a GED score of 50 or higher. Applicants with GED scores less than 50 must complete prescribed college level courses with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on completed college work.
  4. One year of high school or one semester of College Chemistry with lab with a grade of “C” or better must be completed by application or deadline (March 1st) for summer admission.
  5. Verification of math competency at the college algebra level by university testing or completion of required courses.
  6. Completion of the pre-admission nursing entrance examination with scores equal to or above those designated on the program website (http://www.tnstate.edunnterior.asp9mid=19058,ptid=1).
  7. Completion of required departmental and general education courses with a grade of “C” or better.
      English Composition 3
      Microbiology/Bacteriology 8
      Introduction to Psychology 3
      Humanities 3
      Developmental Psychology 3
  8. Proof of current unencumbered Tennessee LPN license
  9. Currently working as a LPN a minimum of one year or LPN program completion within the last six months and currently employed as a LPN.

Application Requirements:

Each applicant must be fully admitted to Tennessee State University prior to being considered eligible to apply for admission to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Program. Applications are available in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Program Office on the Avon Williams Campus (http://www.tnstate.eduAnterior.asp?mid=289&ptid=1).

Students who meet admission requirements must complete the following application materials to be postmarked no later than March 1st for the summer entry class.

  1. Completed application to Division of Nursing.
  2. Copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
  3. Copy of current course enrollment.
  4. ACT (enhanced), SAT or Compass placement examination score.
  5. Pre-admission nursing entrance examination report with designated scores.
  6. Copy of current Tennessee LPN license.
  7. Letter verifying current employment from the Director of Human Resources. Letter must be on company letterhead.
  8. Letters of reference from immediate supervisor on company letterhead.
  9. Applicant letter of intent.

Note: The student must submit a postage paid self-addressed postcard that will be sent back to the student as a receipt of the application.

Admission Selection:

The Admissions Committee will consider students who have submitted completed application materials postmarked by March 1st, for summer admission. Applications received after March 1st are considered on a space available basis. Students who are not admitted must reapply to be considered for the next admission period.

Students who meet admission criteria are ranked for selection for the upcoming class. The order of selection for applications received by March 1st will be ranked by:

  1. Cumulative GPA on all college work or cumulative high school GPA if no college courses have been completed at the time of application.
  2. Number of general education courses completed.
  3. Scores on the pre-admission nursing entrance examination.
  4. If more than one applicant has identical ranking scores, applicants will be randomly selected.

Qualified applicants who are not initially accepted will be placed on a waiting list and will be added to the class if space becomes available up until the first day of class. All waiting lists expire the first day of class

Accepted Students

Students who are accepted are generally notified by May 15th for summer admission. Students must return their acceptance form by the date listed in the letter to assure their space in the class. Students who do not return the acceptance form by the date listed in the letter will be removed from the admission list. Students must complete the required Division of Nursing orientation.

Students admitted to the program on a space available basis and contingent on submission of required health forms by the designated due date. Students must have a health examination which indicates satisfactory health. Other requirements are: health insurance, Liability insurance [$1,000,000/$6,000,000], immunizations, titers, tuberculosis screening must be up to date as required by health care agencies for clinical practice. Clinical agencies may require fingerprinting, ten panel drug screen, and criminal background clearance. Students must show evidence of current AHA Healthcare Provider BLS training. Students must present documentation of requirements in order to attend clinical nursing classes. Documentation of all of the required clinical materials must be submitted to the AASN Program office no later than July 1. Failure to meet the July 1 deadline will result in loss of admission to the program. All requirements must be updated annually while the student is in the Division of Nursing courses.

Progression Requirements of Licensed Practical Nurses


Students are admitted to the LPN-RN Career Mobility Program once a year in the summer.

LPN’S who successfully pass


LPN’S who successfully pass the NURS 1020/1024  challenge exam will have the following progression. (NURS 1020/1024  will be noted on the transcript prior to taking a clinical course).

LPN’s who are NOT successful


LPN’s who are NOT successful on the NURS 1020/1024  challenge will have the following progression.

Year I - Semester II


Total: 8 Hours

Year II - Semester I


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