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Nursing

A.A.S.

What is Nursing?

Program Information Videos


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing is designed to prepare students for employment to practice as a professional registered nurse (RN) in public, private, and governmental healthcare sectors.

“Professional nurse” functions include:

  1. Responsible supervision of a patient requiring skill and observation of symptoms and reactions and accurate recording of the facts;
  2. Promotion, restoration and maintenance of health or prevention of illness of others;
  3. Counseling, managing, supervising and teaching of others;
  4. Administration of medications and treatments as prescribed by a licensed physician, dentist, podiatrist or nurse authorized to prescribe pursuant to  
  5. Application of such nursing procedures as involve understanding of cause and effect; and
  6. Nursing management of illness, injury or infirmity including identification of patient problems.

 

Completion of the nursing program at Cleveland State does not guarantee ability to be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). However, graduation with an Associate of Applied science degree in nursing is one of the requirements of the Board of Nursing to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered professional nurse.

 

The Nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Accreditation Status:

The Associate of Applied Science nursing program at Cleveland State Community College located in Cleveland, Tennessee is in accordance with ACEN records is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) located at

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326

(404) 975-5000

Web Address: https://www.acenursing.org

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science nursing program is continuing accreditation.

GOV ID: 355

Initial Accreditation June 1978

Per U.S. Department of Education regulation, the most recent Board of Commissioners accreditation decision:

Date of Most Recent Commission Action: March 2019

Current Accreditation Status: Accredited

Accreditation Stipulations: None

Date of Last Visit: September 25-27, 2018

Next Site Visit: Fall 2026

 

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm



What will I learn?

Competencies/Student Outcomes: Upon completion of the nursing program, the student will be able to integrate the eight (8) core competencies as evidenced by: 

  1. Professional Behavior: Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice.
  2. Communication: Communicate effectively using verbal, nonverbal, and written techniques including information and technology.
  3. Assessment: Analyze subjective and objective data to identify actual or potential health alterations.
  4. Clinical Decision Making: Evaluate outcomes of clinical decisions implemented to provide safe and effective evidenced-based nursing care.
  5. Caring Interventions: Evaluate the effectiveness of caring interventions that incorporate principles of dignity, diversity, safety and knowledge.
  6. Teaching and Learning: Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented teaching plan to meet the learning needs of patients, families and/or groups.
  7. Collaboration: Collaborate when planning, implementing, and evaluating care.
  8. Managing Care: Manage care through effective use of prioritization, delegation, informatics and resources.

 

 

What are my options at Cleveland State Community College?

  • Nursing, A.A.S. Day Option
  • Nursing, A.A.S. Evening Option
  • LPN - RN Transition Option
  • Dual Enrollment for BSN through University Partnerships
  • Continuation into BSN after completion of A.A.S

What can I do with this degree?

There are over 70 possible specialties that can be pursued with the Nursing, A.A.S. degree.  These opportunities include positions in the hospital, community, school systems, nursing homes, Doctors’ offices, home health care, and a plethora of other areas.  

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What are my options to pay for this degree?

  • Apply for financial aid at www.FAFSA.gov
  • A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid. He/she must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Program Schedule

Day Sequence Schedule 


Fall Semester

BIOL 2010

Anatomy and

Physiology I

4

PSYC 1030

Introduction to Psychology

3

NRSG 1710

Fundamentals of Nursing

7



GEN 1010

First Year Seminar

3


 

Fall Milestones

  • Successful completion of BIOL 2010 and NRSG 1710 required for progression to BIOL 2020 and NRSG 1720
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • Cooperative Education and Service-Learning Experience are great ways to gain hands-on experience in your career field and make sure your selected career is a good fit for you. These experiences are also great to share in future job interviews and resumes. Email coopeducation@clevelandstatecc.edu for more information. 
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other college expenses to ensure you are in good standing. 
  • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Spring Semester

BIOL 2020

Anatomy and

Physiology II

4

PSYC 2130

Lifespan Development Psychology

3

NRSG 1320

Women's Health and the Childbearing Family 

3

NRSG 1620

Medical Surgical Nursing I

6

NRSG 1120

Pharmacology I

1


Spring Milestones

  • Successful completion of NRSG 1620, 1120, and 1320 required for progression to NRSG 2630, 2130 and 1330.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other college expenses to ensure you are in good standing. 
  • Consider enrolling in summer courses to catch-up or get ahead.
  • Work with your advisor to discuss Summer and Fall registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Summer Semester

BIOL 2230

Microbiology

4

ENGL 1010

English Composition I

3


Summer Milestones

  • Successful completion of BIOL 2230 is required for continued progression in program.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other college expenses to ensure you are in good standing.
  • Remember, advising is key to success!

Fall Semester

MATH 1530

Introductory Statistics

3

NRSG 1330

Pediatric Nursing

3

NRSG 2630

Medical Surgical Nursing II

6

NRSG 2130

Pharmacology II

1


Fall Milestones

    • Successful completion of NRSG 1330, 2630, and 2130 required for progression to NRSG 2240, 1340, 2640, and 2140.
    • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
    • Apply to graduate through Enrollment Services at U117.
    • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other expenses for the college to ensure you are in good standing. 
    • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Spring Semester

NRSG 1340

Mental Health Nursing

3

NRSG 2240

Professional Practice in Nursing

2

NRSG 2640

Medical Surgical Nursing III

6

NRSG 2140

Pharmacology III

1

HUM

Humanities/fine arts elective

3


Spring Milestones

  • Successful completion of NRSG 2240, 1340, and 2740 required for graduation.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • Complete exit exam in the student services center. Call ext. 217 to schedule or visit the offices at U118.
  •  Be sure to report your completed, approved Service-Learning hours at http://srvc.tbr.edu/ to be eligible for a Service-Learning Student Recognition Award at graduation. Need assistance? Email service_learning@clevelandstatecc.edu. 
  • Congratulations! After you complete this semester’s courses and maintain a 2.0, you will be a Cleveland State graduate.
  • Visit the Counseling & Career Services Office for assistance with job search skills and placement.

Evening Sequence Schedule


Spring Semester

BIOL 2010

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

NRSG 1710

Fundamentals of Nursing

7

GEN 1010

First Year Seminar

3

PSYC 1030

Introduction to Psychology

3


 

Spring Milestones

  • Successful completion of BIOL 2010 and NRSG 1710 required for progression to BIOL 2020 and NRSG 1720
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • Cooperative Education and Service-Learning Experience are great ways to gain hands-on experience in your career field and make sure your selected career is a good fit for you. These experiences are also great to share in future job interviews and resumes. Email coopeducation@clevelandstatecc.edu for more information. 
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other college expenses to ensure you are in good standing. 
  • Work with your advisor to discuss Summer and Fall registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Summer Semester

BIOL 2020

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

NRSG 1320

Women’s Health and Childbearing Family

3

NRSG 1330

Pediatric Nursing

3

PSYC 2130

Lifespan Development Psychology

3


Summer Milestones

  • Successful completion of BIOL 2020, NRSG 1320 and 1330 are required for progression to BIOL 2230, NRSG 1620 and 1120.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • Remember, advising is key to success!

Fall Semester

BIOL 2230

Microbiology

4

NRSG 1620

Medical Surgical Nursing 1

6

NRSG 1120 Pharmacology I 1

Fall Milestones

  • Successful completion of BIOL 2230 is required for continued progression in program. 
  • Successful completion of NRSG 1620 and 1120 required for progression to NRSG 2630 and 2130.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other expenses for the college to ensure you are in good standing.
  • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Spring Semester

NRSG 2630

Medical Surgical Nursing II

6

NRSG 2130

Pharmacology II

1

ENGL 1010

Composition I

3


Spring Milestones

  • Successful completion of NRSG 2630 and 2130 required for progression to NRSG 2240.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other expenses for the college to ensure you are in good standing.
  • Work with your advisor to discuss Summer and Fall registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Summer Semester

Math 1530

Introductory Statistics

3

NRSG 1340

Mental Health Nursing

3

NRSG 2240

Professional Practice in Nursing

2


Summer Milestones

  • Successful completion of NRSG 2240 required for progression to NRSG 2640 and 2140.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • Apply to graduate through Enrollment Services at U117.
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other expenses for the college to ensure you are in good standing.
  • Remember, advising is key to success!

Fall Semester

NRSG 2640

Medical Surgical Nursing III

6

NRSG 2140

Pharmacology

1

HUM

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3


Fall Milestones

  • Successful completion of NRSG 2640 and 2140 required for graduation.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • Complete exit exam in the student services center. Call ext. 217 to schedule or visit the offices at U118.
  • Be sure to report your completed, approved Service-Learning hours at http://srvc.tbr.edu/ to be eligible for a Service-Learning Student Recognition Award at graduation. Need assistance? Email service_learning@clevelandstatecc.edu. 
  • Congratulations! After you complete this semester’s courses and maintain a 2.0, you will be a Cleveland State graduate.
  • Visit the Counseling & Career Services Office for assistance with job search skills and placement.

 LPN to RN AAS Bridge Pathway Curriculum 1 (Beginning Spring 2019)

Spring Semester

NRSG 1120

Pharmacology I

1

PSYC 2130

Lifespan Development Psychology

3

2NRSG 1600

Transition to Professional Nursing

6

NRSG 1320

Women's Health and the Childbearing Family

3


 

Spring Milestones

  • 1 Successful completion of prerequisite general education courses:  BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, GEN 1010, ENGL 1010, PSYC 1030, MATH 1530, and Humanities/Fine Arts (23 hours) with a grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 2.75 or better. 

    2 Upon successful completion of NRSG 1600 students will be awarded prior learning credit of 7 hours for NRSG 1710.  

    • Successful completion of NRSG 1600 and 1120 required for progression to NRSG 2630 and 2130.
    • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
    • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other expenses for the college to ensure you are in good standing. 
    • Work with your advisor to discuss Fall registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Fall Semester

NRSG 2130

Pharmacology II

1

BIOL 2230

Microbiology

4

NRSG 2630

Medical Surgical Nursing II

6

NRSG 1330

Pediatric Nursing

3

Fall Milestones

  • Successful completion of NRSG 2630 and 2130 required for progression to NRSG 2640 and 2140.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
  • FINANCIAL ALERT-Check on fees and other expenses for the college to ensure you are in good standing. 
  • Apply to graduate through Enrollment Services at U117.
  • Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

Spring Semester

NRSG 2140

Pharmacology III

1

NRSG 2240

Professional Practice in Nursing

2

NRSG 2640

Medical Surgical Nursing III

6

NRSG 1340

Mental Health Nursing

3

  • Spring Milestones

      • Successful completion of NRSG 2640 required for graduation. 
      • A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses.
      • Complete exit exam in the student services center. Call ext. 217 to schedule or visit the offices at U118.
      • Congratulations! After you complete this semester’s courses and maintain a 2.0, you will be a Cleveland State graduate.
      • Visit the Counseling & Career Services Office for assistance with job search skills and placement.
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