Nursing & Allied Health

Mark Knutsen, Dean of Health Sciences Division, welcomes you to Chattanooga State's premier Nursing and Allied Health programs.

Programs & Certificates

The highly competitive admissions standards, combined with the personal mentoring by top-notch faculty, produce graduates that are extremely prepared and motivated to enter the workforce allowing them to meet the needs of the healthcare community.

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Benefits of a Career in Healthcare

Working in any healthcare field can be very challenging, but with that challenge come the rewards of a career which affords you the ability to help people, feel good about your job, be in demand by employers, have workplace stability, and work with other professionals with a similar sense of purpose.

The Division of Nursing & Allied Health comply with Section 504 of the Americans with Disability Act (1990)
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Application Process

All Chattanooga State students must first apply to the college.

After completing the college application, students interested in applying to a selective admission Nursing/Allied Health program must visit the specific health program webpage for the program application process.

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Every Nursing & Allied Health program accreditation hold its specific accreditation credential.  Accredited programs must achieve and maintain a standard of academic excellence established by each of their national accrediting organizations. The credentials issued certify that the programs offered have met or exceeded specific quality educational standards.

Benchmark for Success

Prospective Nursing & Allied Health Students are encouraged to:

View the profile summary for last years accepted applicant pool.
Understand the Benchmark for Success!
  1. Attend information sessions (required for some programs).
  2. Read and be familiar with program information available on the website.
  3. Meet with your assigned academic advisor any time you have quetions or concerns about your degree plan.

Nursing & Allied Health students must demonstrate a high level of academic success in the required pre-requisite and general education courses. The majority of successful candidates complete most, if not all, the general education requirements prior to applying to a program. N&AH students are evaluated after attempting 24 credit hours. If a student's cumulative GPA is below 2.50 s/he is required to schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to discuss ways to get back on track with their current major, parallel major options in the healthcare field and potential major options outside of healthcare.

Nursing & Allied Health FAQs

What programs are available and how many students are accepted each year?

Dental Assisting – 36 (certificate)
Pharmacy Technician – 25 (certificate)
Dental Hygiene – 20
Physical Therapist Assistant – 24
Emergency Medical Technician (fall 100-125) (spring 25-50) then Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (spring 100-125) (fall 25-50) (certificate)
Radiologic Technology - 32
Registered Nursing: Day: 110 each fall Night: 50 each odd fall: Transition: 30-40 each summer
Health Information Management – 20
Respiratory Care – 25
Veterinary Technology - 24

How do I get started?

Visit the Nursing & Allied Health website and view the specific program’s admission checklist and important information to help you get started. Attend an information session and most importantly – complete the Chattanooga State admission process. If general education/support courses are needed for the program, call (423) 697-4782 or (423) 697-4450 to set up an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. Your advisor will help you develop a Student Educational Plan.

When should I turn in my program application?

Each program has an admission checklist that will guide you on when and what to turn in with your program application. Also, attending an information session will answer this question. Many programs require observation hours, so don’t wait until the
last minute to get this step completed.

Can I apply for more than one program?

Yes, however, an application and transcripts are required for each program file. Each program checklist should be followed to successfully complete the application process.

What courses are required for degree programs?

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the first program course. Plan to take these courses first. General education/support courses can be taken prior to applying to the program or during the program. Most students try to complete as many general education/support courses as possible prior to applying as it enhances their standing in the competitive selection process. Attending a program information session will also clarify the point calculation process.

How are students selected into a career program?

Program selection is a competitive process based on an objective points system. Points are awarded for completion of curriculum courses, grades in those courses, results on test(s), and other materials required for a specific program. Registered
Nursing, Respiratory Care, Physical Therapist Assistant and Dental Assisting all provide a point calculation worksheet on their websites.

How many points do I need?

There is no set number of points needed to be accepted. The applicant pool is sorted according to total points. Students scoring the highest number of points are considered for the program. Attend a program information session for details.

What programs have an information session?

Dental Assisting (required)
Physical Therapist Assistant (strongly encouraged)
Dental Hygiene (strongly encouraged)
Radiologic Technology (required)
Emergency Medical Technician (required)
Registered Nursing (strongly encouraged)
Health Information Management (required)
Respiratory Care (strongly encouraged)
Pharmacy Technician (strongly encouraged)
Veterinary Technology (strongly encouraged)

What test(s) are required to get into the programs?

Dental Assisting – College Placement Test
Health Information Management – TEAS
Radiologic Technology – ACT & TEAS
Dental Hygiene – TEAS
Pharmacy Technician – ACT Compass Test
Registered Nursing – TEAS
Emergency Medical Technician – PSP Placement
Physical Therapist Assistant – TEAS
Respiratory Care – TEAS
Veterinary Technology - TEAS

What is the deadline date for the programs?

Dental Assisting – May 15 of each year
Dental Hygiene – 1st Monday in February of each year
Health Information Management and HIT – 1st Monday in May of each year
Emergency Medical Technician & Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – May 31 and November 15 of each year
Pharmacy Technician – Acceptance when qualifications are completed or May 1
Physical Therapist Assistant – 1st Monday in February of each year
Radiologic Technology – April 15 of each year
Registered Nursing – March 1 of each year; Transitions – January 15 of each year
Respiratory Care – May 15 of each year
Veterinary Technology – November 1 of each year

How long is the program once you’ve been accepted?

Dental Assisting – 3 semesters
Dental Hygiene – 5 semesters
Emergency Medical Technician – 1 semester; AEMT – 1 semester
Health Information Management – 4 semesters
Pharmacy Technician – 3 semesters
Physical Therapist Assistant – 4 semesters
Radiologic Technology – 6 semesters
Registered Nursing – Day: 4 semesters; Night: 5 semesters; Transitions: Day: 3 semesters; Night: 4 semesters
Respiratory Care – 6 semesters
Veterinary Technology – 4 semesters

Can I work while in a program?

Dental Assisting – First semester students are on campus 21 hours a week (12 hours a week in lecture and 9 hours each week in labs). They should allow about 24 hours a week for reading, studying, doing homework. Students who work 20 hours per week or less are generally most successful.
Dental Hygiene – First semester freshman Monday & Wednesday 8:00-12:00; Thursdays 8:30-4:30; Friday 8:00-4:00, we usually recommend not more than 20 hours per week. We also recommend that you cut as far back as possible then increase hours if you can. This works better than waiting to cut work hours and risk getting behind and not being able to catch up.
Emergency Medical Technician – 2 days per week (M/W or Tue/Thu) 9 hours per day; or 3 nights per week (M/Tue/Thu) 6 hours per night
Health Information Management/HIT – Yes, but if a student works 40 hours a week, we do not advise a full-time academic load. Students enrolled in the RODP HIT on-line program must be available to schedule time during traditional daytime work hours (Monday-Friday. 9 am to 5 pm) for professional practice experiences in the second year of the program. Part-time schedules are determined on a case-by-case basis by the program director.
Pharmacy Technician – Monday & Wednesdays: 9:00-4:00; Thursday: 8:00-2:00; Friday 8:00-12:00
Physical Therapist Assistant – Fall semester hours are Monday through Friday 8:00-12:00; we usually recommend not more than 20 hours per week. We also recommend that you cut as far back as possible then increase hours if you can. This works better than waiting to cut work hours and risk getting behind and not being able to catch up.
Radiologic Technology – The first semester of your first year is the less stressful of all since you do not go to clinic at the hospitals and you could work more this one semester. You would be in class 7am-12 noon Monday through Thursday with one afternoon in lab. Friday is set aside for study and research. After the first semester, you would be involved in either class, lab or clinic from around 7 am to around 4 pm each day. We recommend no more than 20 hours working per week or less if possible.
Registered Nursing –Yes, you can work; but we strongly recommend you do not work more than 24 hours per week. Classes are Day: 3 days a week / Night: 2 evenings a week.
Respiratory Care – First semester Monday and Fridays 12:00-3:00 with one lab added in spring and summer. Second year students are in class, lab or clinic for about 33 hours per week.
Veterinary Technology - It will be difficult for one to work once accepted into the program due to the required clinical hours outside of class. This applies to the following courses of Clinical Practicum: VETT 2010, VETT 2020 and VETT 2030.

Which programs require an interview before acceptance?

Dental Assisting – Meet with DAST Advisor
Pharmacy Technician – Meet with PC Advisor
Dental Hygiene – Yes
Physical Therapist Assistant – Yes
Health Information Management – Yes
Radiologic Technology – Yes

Which programs "require" observation hours as part of the acceptance process?

Dental Assisting - Meet with DAST Advisor
Dental Hygiene - Yes
Health Information Management - Yes
Pharmacy Technician - Meet with PC Advisor
Physical Therapist Assistant - Yes
Radiologic Technology - Yes