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Frequently Asked Questions


*What is the first step in order to gain admission to Pellissippi State Nursing department?

  1. Apply to and be accepted at Pellissippi State Community College
  2. Register and take HESI A2
  3. Submit online application to Pellissippi State Nursing department by application deadline


*What is the difference between the programs offered by Pellissippi State Nursing department?

Traditional Pathway

  • 4 semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring) 
  • No prior medical certifications required
  • Offered at Blount, Magnolia, and Strawberry Plains Campuses


Bridge Pathway

  • 3 semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring)
  • Must have current and active LPN or Paramedic license
  • Must have A+P I, A+P II, ENG 1010, & PSYC 1030 completed prior to admissions     
  • Only offered at Strawberry Plains Campus      


*What courses along with the Nursing curriculum are required to earn my AASN (Associate of Applied Science in Nursing) degree?

  • A&P I (BIOL 2010)
  • A&P II (BIOL 2020)    
  • English Comp I (ENGL 1010)
  • Microbiology (BIOL 2130)
  • General Psychology (PSYC 1030)
  • Public Speaking (SPCH 2100)
  • Introductory Statistics (MATH 1530)
  • Humanities class

(in total 27 credit hours of course work)



* What are the acceptable Humanities courses I can take?

  • ARTH 2010 - Survey of Art History I
  • ARTH 2020 - Survey of Art History II
  • ENGL 2110 - Early American Literature
  • ENGL 2120 - Modern American Literature
  • ENGL 2210 - British Literature: 650-1784
  • ENGL 2220 - British Literature: 1785-Present
  • ENGL 2310 - World Literature: 2500 BCE-1650
  • ENGL 2320 - World Literature: 1650-Present
  • ENGL 2331 - African-American Literature
  • ENGL 2510 - Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 2520 - Introduction to Drama
  • ENGL 2530 - Introduction to Fiction
  • HUM 2810 - Introduction to Film Studies
  • MUS 1030 - Music Appreciation
  • PHIL 1030 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 1500 - Philosophy & Film
  • PHIL 2010 - Survey of World Religions
  • PHIL 2400 - Introduction to Ethics
  • PHO 1200 - History of Photography
  • THEA 1030 - Introduction to Theatre


* What if I don’t have all my general education requirements complete.  Can I still apply?


For consideration in the Traditional Pathway, there are no official pre-requisite courses.  However, the application ranking system used by the Pellissippi State’s Nursing department does award points based on completed general education coursework.

For consideration in the Bridge Pathway, four (4) course must be completed before application submission.  Those courses are: A+P I, A+P II, ENG 1010, & General Psychology.  Remaining general education course may be completed once enrolled in Bridge pathway.  However, it is strongly encouraged that all coursework be completed before starting Nursing courses.

The Nursing department scores application immediately following the submission deadline.  Any course that has not been completed and on an academic transcript by time of scoring will not be factored into the application decision. 


*I took all my general education requirements at another institution, will those courses transfer to Pellissippi State?

In order to determine exactly how previous coursework will be transferred, students will need to officially apply to Pellissippi State and submit all previous institutions transcript to Pellissippi State’s Records office.  The records department will evaluate the transcripts and decide how transfer credits will be applied.  It is the students responsibility to ensure the most up to date transcripts have been submittedt to Pellissippi State's Records office.  Applications will be ranked with the information the student has submitted.


*I took Lifespan Psychology (PSYC 2130) but the new curriculum requires General Psychology (PSYC 1030). Will Lifespan Psychology still count?


 Starting 2018 and going forward, ONLY General Psychology (PSYC 1030) will be accepted.

*I took College Algebra (MATH 1130) but the new curriculum requires Introduction to Statistics (MATH 1530). Will College Algebra still count?


Starting 2018 going forward, ONLY Introduction to Statistics (MATH 1530) will be accepted.

*What is the deadline for turning in my application?

The 2018 Bridge Application period will be open August 2017 through January 31st, 2018.  Late applications will not be considered for admissions.

The 2018 Traditional Application period will be open August 2017 through February 28th, 2018.  Late applications will not be considered for admissions.


* How does the Pellissippi State Department of Nursing score applications?

  • Overall GPA in general education courses required for the A.A.S.N. degree (minimum of 2.5 GPA ) 
  • Total number of non-nursing courses completed (___ / 27 total hrs)
  • Extra weight will be given for required math and science courses completed with a grade of B or higher
  • HESI A2 nursing entrance exam scores
  • Extra weight will be given for any higher education degree earned (e.g., A.A.S., B.S. M.S.).
  • Extra weight will be given for licensure as LPN or EMT-P.


*What can I do to give me the best chance at admission to the Pellissippi State Nursing department?

  • Complete all the general education requirements before application deadline
  • Complete Math and Science general education course with letter grade of B or higher
  • Prepare for and achieve high scores on the HESI A2 exam


*What are my chances of being admitted to the Pellissippi State Nursing department?

Due to the limited number of roster spot available and the high number of submitted applications, admission to Pellissippi State Nursing department is a competitive process. 


*How many students are accepted into the Traditional Pathway each year?

Each year the number can vary due to several factors.  Recent classes range from 90-105 students.


* How many students are accepted into the Bridge Pathway each year?

Each year the number can vary due to several factors.  Recent classes range from 15-20 students.


*What is the timeline for application decisions?

Once your program's application deadline has passed, applications will be scored and ranked in February and March with notice being sent upon completion.  Pellissippi State Nursing department’s goal is to have results available in April.


*Do I have to take any exams prior to admission?

Applicant will be required to take the HESI A2 exam prior to Pathway application deadlines.  Once exam has been completed, results will automatically be sent directly to Pellissippi State Nursing department.  If exam was taken previously, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have results sent to Pellissippi State Nursing department.


*I took my enterance exam at anothoer instituion, how do I get my results submitted to Pellissippi State Nursing Department?

You are free to take your enterance exam at any institution that offers the HESI A2.  Once complete, it is the students responisibilty to have exam results submitted to the Pellissippi Nursing department. Lack of exam score submission will result in students application not being eligible for ranking.

  •        Contact Elsevier (1-800-222-9570) to have HESI results submited.  You must complete Elseiver's Transcript request form and pay the $15 processing fee.  Transcripts will than be emailed directly to the Nursing department.
  •        Contact ATI (1-800-667-3571) to Have TEAS V results submited.  You must complete ATI's Transcript request.  Results will than be visable for the Nursing dpeartment to access.

*What if I forgot to take any exams (HESI / TEAS) prior to admission?

If the Nursing department can not match a enterance exam transcript to your name, your submitted application WILL NOT be ranked for admission considerations.  EVERY student is required to take an enterance exam regardless of previous schooling or employment.  NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.

* I’ve taken the TEAS V, does that fill the HESI A2 requirement?

As of summer 2016, Pellissippi State Nursing department has decided to switch from TEAS V to the HESI A2.

  • If you have taken a HESI or TEAS V in previous years, Pellissippi State Nursing department will honor score results for up to 5 years
  • If you have not yet registered for either exam, please register for HESI A2 – NO TEAS V results will be accepted with exam dates past 7-11-16


*Is there a passing score on the HESI A2 exam?

HESI A2 scores are not pass / fail.  A score of 90% or higher on the Math, Vocabulary, and Reading sections will increase application ranking scores.


*Can I take the HESI A2 more than once?

Pellissippi State Nursing department will only count the first exam score during each application cycle. 


* How long are HESI A2 or TEAS V score good for?

Pellissippi State Nursing department will accept TEAS scores taken within the last 5 years.  5-year time limit is counted backwards from current year’s application deadline.


*If selected for admission, how will I be notified?

Applicants will be notified via Pellissippi email address.   Due to FERPA regulations, information will not be given via telephone.  Please refrain from calling the nursing office for admissions information.


* If selected for admissions, when will my program begin?

Bridge: classes begin in May (Beginning of Summer semester)

Traditional: Classes begin in August (beginning of Fall Semester)


*What will my schedule be once enrolled at Pellissippi State Nursing department?

Each pathway is constructed with 3 components: Lecture, Lab, and Clinical hours.

Lecture will be two (2) days per week, either Monday & Tuesday or Wednesday & Thursday depending on your level within the program. 

Lab will be one (1) day per week.  Lab days and time will be determined at beginning of each semester

Clinical hours are either in one (1) 12 hour shift or two (2) 6 hour shifts.  Clinical hours will be divided between concentrations of Obstetrics, Medical-Surgical, Pediatrics, and Psych nursing. Hours and days of the week for clinical will vary from semester to semester depending on clinical availability. 


*Where are the locations of clinical sites?

Pellissippi State Nursing department uses as many clinical locations as possible to better understand the needs of the public.  Clinical affiliates used in the past include:

- East Tennessee Children’s Hospital                            - Parkwest Hospital

- Tennova Physicians Regional Medical Center              - Sweetwater Hospital

- Tennova North Medical Center                                  - Blount Memorial Hospital

- Tennova Turkey Creek                                             - Fort Loudon Medical Center

- Cornerstone Recovery Center                                   - Select Specialties Hospitals

- Community Schools

- Methodist Medical Center                           


* Can I still work full-time hours while in school at Pellissippi State Department of Nursing?

It is highly recommended students limit work hours while enrolled in the nursing program. The nursing program is intense and rigorous and we can not accomodate work schedules.  Time management is a critical component to ensure student success.


* I was enrolled at another institution's nursing program.  I was not successful with that institution's requirements.  Can I transfer to Pellissippi State Department of Nursing?

Yes, with certain exceptions.

If you have been unsuccessful in another institution's nursing program in only one semester, the student is still eligile to transfer into Pellissippi State's Nursing department.  Student must submit a TRANSFER APPLICATION. Admissions to Pellissippi State Nursing department will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee and the Dean of Nursing.  Additional interview may be requested by the Dean of Nursing.

If you have been unsuccessful in another institution nursing program in more than one semester (2 or more), the student is NOT ELIGIBLE for transfer into Pellissippi State's Nursing Department