Nursing RN Program (A.A.S. Transition)

Questions / More Information

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Program Director: 
Dr. Martina Harris
HSC 1042
(423) 493.8740
(423) 493.8750

Deadline Dates

Program - January 15 of Each Year
If weekend, due following Business Day.
No information sessions scheduled. Visit the Nursing & Allied Health Program Page.

Chattanooga State continues to offer the LPN-Paramedic Transition Program. For additional questions, please contact the Registered Nursing Program Office at 423-493-8740

The Nursing Program prepares students to be registered nurses who will help meet the current and emerging needs in the workplace for registered nurses. Graduates use a clinical decision making process to provide care to diverse individuals across the life-span.

The LPN and Paramedic to RN Transition Programs offer accelerated curriculum tracks for the licensed practical nurse and licensed Paramedic to pursue the Associate of Applied Science Degree in nursing and RN licensure. The associate degree curriculum is adapted to recognize the knowledge and skills of the LPN and Paramedic. LPNs and Paramedics accepted into the Transition Programs must successfully complete either NS 024 (LPN’s) or NS 027 (Paramedics) during the summer semester in order to receive credit for the first two semesters in the nursing curriculum. The paramedic transition course and the option to transition into the night nursing program are only available in the summer of the even numbered years. Following completion of a transition course students then complete the remaining clinical nursing courses in the program of study.

Upon completion of all course requirements for the nursing program, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing is awarded. Graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN licensing exam for licensure as a registered nurse.

Curriculum Details


The Associate Degree nursing program at Chattanooga State Community College located in Chattanooga, TN is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

Approved by:

Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN  37243


The purpose of the nursing program is derived from and consistent with the mission of Chattanooga State Community College.  The Nursing Program serves students from multiple counties in Tennessee and bordering states by preparing them to be competent nurses who will meet the current and emerging need of the workplace for registered nurses.  The nursing program maintains state approval (Tennessee Board of Nursing) and national accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).  Graduates of the nursing program obtain an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). 

Program Outcomes

Performance on Licensure Exam:

2019  2018  2017

NCLEX-RN LPN Pass Rate Day

100% 100% 100%

NCLEX-RN LPN Pass Rate Night

100% N/A 100%

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate Paramedic Day

100% N/A 100%

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate Paramedic Night

100% N/A N/A


Graduation Rate

2019   2018   2017 

LPN Graduation Rate Day, 2 year

72% 83.3% 80%

LPN Graduation Rate Night, 2 year

100% 100% 75%

Paramedic Graduation Rate Day, 2 year

100% 50% 80%

Paramedic Graduation Rate Night, 2 year

100% 50% N/A


Job Placement Rates 

2019 2018 2017


100% 100% 100%


100% N/A 100%
Employment Opportunities: 

Registered Nurses may choose to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, home health care agencies, nursing homes and outpatient care centers. Other career opportunities include government agencies, social assistance agencies and educational services.