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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing prepares individuals to apply to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) following approval by the State Board of Nursing to become registered nurses and assume positions in the healthcare industry. Settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics are just a few of the career options available to Walters State nursing graduates.
The Nursing degree program is offered at WSCC campuses in Morristown, Greeneville, and Sevierville.
NRSG 1710 (1st Semester) - Fundamentals NEW STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET
NRSG 1710 (1st Semester) - Fundamentals READMIT STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET
NRSG 1620/1501/1340 (2nd Semester) Readmit Student Information Packet
NRSG 2630 and/or 1330 (3rd Semester) – Med Surg II/Peds READMIT STUDENT INFORMATION PACKET
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You need to complete BIOL 2010/2011 (with a grade of C or better), ENGL 1010, MATH 1530, PSYC 1030, and all required learning support courses.
You must complete
For career mobility, students will be ranked on classes completed through fall semester.
Students applying for fall clinical admission will be ranked on classes completed at the end of spring semester.
Students applying for spring clinical admission will be ranked on classes completed at the end of fall semester.
Microbiology BIOL 2230/2231 must be completed before the beginning of the third semester of clinical nursing.
When BIOL 2230/2231 is taken, a grade of "C" or better must by achieved for admission or progression in clinical nursing.
Yes, nursing majors must complete MATH 1530 prior to program admission.
The required courses for admission consideration are BIOL 2010/2011, ENGL 1010, MATH 1530, PSYC 1030.
After completing these courses, you certainly are encouraged to begin taking the remaining required general education courses.
For Fall Semester admission - January 31st of the year the student elects to participate in the selection process. (Courses taken through Spring semester of the year the student elects to participate will be considered.)
For Spring Semester admission - October 1st prior to the Spring the student elects to participate in the selection process. (Courses taken through Fall semester prior to the Spring will be considered.)
For Career Mobility admission - January 31st of the year the student elects to participate in the selection process. (Courses taken through Fall semester prior to the application deadline will be considered.)
Expenses prior to admission to program not included in overall expenses
Total estimate of expenses: $11,097.00
(including estimated tuition and fees)
First Semester Expenses
|10 Hours Tuition and Fees||$2,076||estimated|
|Physical Exam||$200||Personal physician, estimated|
|Professional Liability Insurance
|$80||*varies if additional license|
(1 uniform; 1 lab coat; shoes)
|$125||shoes not included|
|Community Clinical Uniform
(WSCC Polo; Khaki Pants)
|$35||Shirt at WSCC Bookstore;
Pants not included
(Tennessee Nurses Foundation)
|Patches for Lab Coat
Second Semester Expenses
|9 Hours Tuition||$1,882||estimated|
|HESI Study Guide||$75||WSCC Bookstore, recommended|
Third Semester Expenses
|9 Hours Tuition||$1,882||estimated|
|HESI Study Guide||$75||WSCC Bookstore, recommended|
Fourth Semester Expenses
|11 Hours Tuition and Fees||$2,270||estimated|
|Picture for State Board Exam ID||$40|
|Photograph Sitting Fee||$27|
|Fingerprint & Background Check by TBI for Licensure||$45|
|Comprehensive Review Program||$400||Optional; recommended|
|Graduate Nursing Pin (sterling silver)||$55||Optional|
The Walters State Community College Department of Nursing shares the Vision and Mission of the College and supports the Campus Compact. The philosophy of the nursing program provides the foundation for the curriculum, reflects the beliefs of the faculty, and supports achievement of division student learning outcomes.
The purpose of the Program is to provide an affordable, high quality nursing educational opportunity for the residents of East Tennessee. The program will prepare individuals to:
The Associate Degree Nurse is prepared for entry level practice as a registered nurse. To achieve the outcomes of the program, graduates will demonstrate relationship-centered care based on national standards set forth by the National League for Nursing (NLN, 2010) and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses initiative (QSEN, 2011).
End of Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Inherent in the program and graduate outcomes are the core components and competencies basic to the practice of nursing as identified by the National League for Nursing (2000) and the quality and safety competencies identified by QSEN.
The Walters State Community College nursing program promotes excellence in the teaching and preparation of students for life-long learning. Each student is valued as a unique person and is guided toward development of individual potential as a contributing member of the nursing profession and as a citizen in a democratic society.
The faculty believe that learning takes place within the learner; therefore, self awareness and self evaluation are emphasized. Faculty acknowledge that learners bring a variety of life experiences, learning styles, and personal goals to the education setting. Further, faculty believe learning is:
To prepare an adaptable generalist, nursing education is best accomplished in an institution of higher learning through a curriculum which incorporates knowledge from a variety of disciplines. These disciplines include the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and mathematics as well as the incorporation of oral, written, and technological communication.
The combination of general and nursing education courses provides learning experiences that prepare the student to function with intellectual and technical competence, utilizing critical thinking skills in the application of the nursing process.
The nursing faculty endeavors to provide the guidance that will enable each individual to apply his or her potential in the field of nursing. The nursing faculty facilitates learning for the students while functioning as nursing experts, teachers, mentors, and nurturers.
The philosophy of the Nursing Program is a belief system held by the faculty regarding person, environment, health, and nursing. These defining concepts are interrelated and exist in a dynamic relationship.
PERSON is defined as a human being worthy of respect and dignity. Accepting Maslow's theory, each individual has a hierarchy of needs from physiologic to self-actualization. Each person makes decisions and choices based on knowledge, cultural background, experience, perceptions, values, and goals. Changes in the person occur throughout the lifespan. Each person interacts with and responds to changes in the internal and external environment. The concept of person may include individuals, families, communities, and groups.
ENVIRONMENT refers to the total of all factors and processes, internal and external, continuously impacting on the person.
HEALTH is a dynamic state of being resulting from the adaptation to the interaction of person and environment. Health is a subjective and individual perception existing on a continuum from optimal wellness through end of life.
NURSING is an applied discipline of knowledge and skills based on research. Nursing functions are dependent, independent, and collaborative. The nurse interacts with the person in the environment to promote health. As a stakeholder in the community, nursing has a responsibility to provide fiscally sound, quality care that promotes health, prevents illness, restores health, and facilitates coping across the lifespan. Nursing occurs in a variety of settings.
Nursing process is a systematic method that uses critical thinking to provide structure
to nursing practice toward the achievement of positive outcomes. Through the use of
nursing process, nurses diagnose and treat the person's response to actual and potential
health problems. The practice of nursing includes provision for a safe effective care
environment, measures to achieve physiological and psychosocial integrity, and promotion
and maintenance of health.
The Conceptual Model for this associate degree program depicts the interrelationship between the central concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing. The outer circle reflects the external environment. The broken lines of the two inner circles illustrate the continuous open interaction between the internal and external environments. The inner circles, representing person and nursing, overlap to depict the role of nursing as it interacts to promote health, prevent illness, restore health, and facilitate coping. The straight line intersecting person depicts the health continuum on which each person exists.
The following program outcomes will be measured:
NCLEX-RN Licensure Pass Rate*
|Year Admitted||Spring Admission||Fall Admission|
Career Mobility Option*
|Year Admitted||Summer Admission|
Job Placement Rate*
90% or higher within 1 year of graduation
*Rates rounded to nearest whole number