Jackson State Community College Nursing Program Review

Jackson State Community College (JSCC) was founded in 1967, and has an enrollment of over 5000 students. There are campuses in Jackson, Humboldt, Lexington and Savannah, making it accessible to a large part of western Tennessee. Jackson State offers dual enrollment programs at area high schools, giving young students an advantage. However, the average student age at Jackson State is 27, so there is a wide diversity of age among the student body.

Nursing Programs

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)

This is a two year, generalist degree program that prepares students to become a professional provider of health care in a variety of areas, and be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) after passing the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). This program requires 65 credit hours to complete.

To apply, students will apply to the college and declare pre-nursing as their major. They will also need to submit their transcripts from high school and college (if any), ACT scores, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to enter the program. It is also recommended to complete Anatomy and Physiology I before beginning the nursing program.

Applicants will be ranked based on their ACT scores, which account for 75% of their score, and their cumulative GPA. They may also earn bonus points if they have taken Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and have any prior healthcare experience.

Entrance to this program is competitive and only the top 80 applicants based on rank will be offered a spot. There is no waiting list for the program. If students are not selected, they must apply again during the next enrollment cycle.

Jackson State has articulation agreements with area universities for baccalaureate degrees, allowing students to continue their education. There is also a dual enrollment program with the University of Memphis, allowing students to earn both an associate and bachelor’s degree.

This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN

This program is designed for the LPN who wants to earn their AAS in Nursing and become an RN.

To apply, LPNs must show documentation of a current nursing license, take an admission exam, and complete 23 credit hours of General Education courses, including English Composition, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, and a major elective course.

Most students will finish this program in 3 semesters, or 12 months.

Transfer Applicants

Students who wish to transfer into the nursing program from another school’s nursing program must submit a letter of recommendation from their previous school’s Director of Nursing Admissions, verifying they were in good standing in the program. They will also need to submit a written request for transfer and official transcripts.

Transfer students are admitted on a space available basis. All nursing courses from other programs will be evaluated for transfer individually.

Pre-Nursing Pathway

This one year program was designed to prepare students for entry into the second year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) program at a four year university.

This is a 32 credit hour program, and covers the first year requirements of all nursing programs at public universities in Tennessee. Students will take courses in English, Speech, Psychology, Sociology, History, Anatomy and Physiology, and Probability and Statistics.

Completion of this program does not guarantee acceptance into a BSN program.

Jackson State Community College
2046 North Parkway,
Jackson, TN 38301