Roane State Community College Nursing Program Review

Roane State Community College (RSCC) in Tennessee was founded in 1969, and moved into its first permanent building on the main campus in 1973.

Roane State now enrolls over 6800 students, and has nine campus locations in nine different counties. The school offers dual enrollment for area high school students, and has wireless internet access on all campuses.

Nursing Programs

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing

This program is designed to train students to be highly skilled healthcare providers to patients and families in a variety of situations. Students will have both classroom instruction and hands-on experience.

Students that successfully graduate from this program will be allowed to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX).

Students are able to take courses at the Roane County main campus, the Knoxville Health Sciences Center, or the Oak Ridge Branch Campus.

In order to apply to the nursing program, students must first apply to Roane State and submit their official high school or college transcripts. They must also complete Statistics or College Algebra with a grade of C or better, have a GPA of 2.75 or better on their general education courses, complete at least 12 of the 27 credit hours of general education classes, and complete the nursing pre-admission exam (HESI).

The general education requirements for the program are English Composition, Speech, Statistics or College Algebra, Lifespan Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, and a Humanities elective. Students are only required to complete at least 12 credit hours of these course to apply to the nursing program, but it is strongly recommended that they take as many as they can before beginning their nursing courses.

Admission to the program is through a point system based on the student’s GPA in the general education courses, their grades on Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Math, as well as how many general education courses they have completed prior to applying.

Once accepted into the program, students must meet health requirements, have background check and drug screenings, and be CPR certified. They will be informed of the specific requirements at their orientation for the nursing program.

The nursing program at Roane State has been approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Mobility

This program is for LPNs who wish to advance their education and become licensed RNs. This program is either offered during the daytime, or during the evenings and on Saturdays. Entrance into the program is dependent on available space for the applicants.

Students must have an active LPN license to be eligible for this program, and must meet the same requirements listed for the AAS program above. They will also need to achieve a passing score on the Challenge by Proficiency exam.

Students that are accepted into the program will begin studies either in January during the second semester of the traditional AAS program, or in the fall if taking the evening and weekend program.

Continuing Healthcare Education

Roane State Community College offers many different programs for license renewal for the healthcare professional. Students interested in these courses may register online with Roane State. Some of the courses offered are Advanced Medical Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Emergency Medical Technician Extended Skills, Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Professional, and First Responder.

Roane State Community College
276 Patton Lane
Harriman, TN 37748-5011