Motlow State Community College Nursing Program Review

The main campus of Motlow State Community College (MSCC) sits on 187 acres of land donated by the Motlow family. Founded in 1969, this public Tennessee college offers flexible learning pathways, degrees, and certificates to an 11 county service area.

In addition to the main campus, Motlow has three learning centers in Smyrna, McMinnville, and Fayetteville. The school provides dual enrollment to area high school students. Motlow enrolls over 2000 students each semester, and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation.

Nursing Programs

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing

This two year program is for students who wish to pursue a career in nursing. Students will learn to use the concepts and principles of knowledge to provide care to patients. Students will complete a minimum of 66 credit hours to graduate.

Students must apply to both the college and the nursing program, and submit their ACT/SAT or COMPASS test scores. Students must take Anatomy and Physiology I and II prior to entering the nursing program, and it is recommended that they take Dosage Calculation, as well as any non-nursing courses prior to starting the program.

Students must also take the HESI entrance exam and have a 2.3 GPA or better.

Applicants will be ranked by points awarded based on their GPA and their entrance exam scores. The top ranked students will be selected for the program. Students that are not selected must reapply during the next enrollment cycle.

Those who successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the licensing exam (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).

The AAS nursing program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) and is fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Career Mobility Transition

LPNs that currently hold a valid nursing license may continue their education and apply to the AAS nursing program via the Career Mobility Transition curriculum.

This course of study recognizes the skills and knowledge that LPNs have already acquired, and adapts the first year of the AAS degree program to fit into a ten week summer term. If students complete this transition curriculum and earn a grade of C or higher, they will begin the second year of the program in the Fall semester.

Students will also receive 20 credit hours toward their nursing degree after completing the Career Mobility Transition course.

To apply, students must be graduates of an accredited nursing program, hold a current nursing license, have taken the HESI entrance exam, and have a GPA of 2.3 or better.

National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)

The NSNA is a pre-professional organization for student nurses designed to organize and mentor students, promote skill development, contribute to advances in nursing care and education, and develop leaders in the profession.

At MSCC, student nurses may join the local chapter of this organization that boasts over 53,000 members nationwide.

Nursing Scholarships

MSCC offers a variety of scholarships for nursing students currently enrolled in the program. Students submit scholarship applications to the Director of Nursing, who distributes them to the appropriate scholarship committees.

Any nursing student may apply for scholarships. Some of the scholarships that may be available at MSCC include:

  • Henry Davis Memorial Scholarship
  • Lisa Laughlin McCord Nursing Scholarship
  • Rhonda & Max Jarrell Nursing Scholarship
  • Harton Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
  • Veronica Olanreewaju Omitowoju Nursing Scholarship
  • Middle Tennessee Home Health Nursing Scholarship
  • Southern Tennessee Medical Center Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
  • Smyrna Rotary/Stone Crest Medical Center Nursing Scholarship
  • Nancy Wilson Wagner Nursing Scholarship
  • Jewell and Wilson Tucker Endowed Nursing Scholarship
  • Arthur Davis LPN to RN Scholarship Program

Motlow State Community College
5002 Motlow College Blvd.,
Smyrna, TN 37167