Nursing RN Program - A.A.S. Transition

Program Location

Check mark Main Campus
Check mark Kimball Site

Questions / More Information

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Program Director: 
Lindsey O'Hagan
HSC 1080
(423) 493.8721

Deadline Dates

Program - January 15 of Each Year
If weekend, due following Business Day.

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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 NRSG 1700 (LPNs) or NRSG 1701 (Paramedics) during the summer semester in order to receive credit for the first two semesters in the nursing curriculum.  The LPN and Paramedic Transition course has the option to transition into the night nursing program in the summer of the odd 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.

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Curriculum Details

Total Estimated Program Costs 

The estimated cost list provides an overall estimate of the costs for the nursing program. The costs quoted on this list are only estimated costs and subject to change without notice. The maintenance and other related enrollment fees are based on 2023-2024 fees for enrollment in nursing courses only. The other expenses are for nursing courses and nursing related expenses only. Expenses for other campus classes must be added to the costs listed below.

Check with the bookstore each semester for the books required in each course. Note that the textbook list is very heavy in the first course as many of the books purchased in the first semester are used throughout the remainder of the nursing program. For this reason, students are encouraged not to sell their textbooks back at the end of each semester. Expenses are again high in the last semester due to graduation, state board exam testing and licensure expenses.

Pre-Admission Costs
TEAS Admission Test $98.50
CPR Certification Course $55.00
Physical examination and required immunizations and tests $150.00
Hep B (required) $165.00
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen $60.00
N95 Fit Test $100.00
Total $628.50


First Semester Costs
First Semester (10 hours) (Summer) In-state Out-of-state
Maintenance Fee $1907.00 $7407.00
Nursing and Allied Health fee  $250.00 $250.00
Campus Access, Student Activity, & Technology Fees $135.00 $135.00
Nursing testing and lab fee $155.00 $155.00
Textbooks $420.00 $420.00
Lab Kit $105.00 $105.00
Student liability insurance $15.00 $15.00
Dress/pants uniform $40.00 $40.00
Nursing Shoes $40.00 $40.00
Stethoscope $50.00 $50.00
Bandage scissors  $10.00 $10.00
Watch with seconds indicator $20.00 $20.00
Total for First Semester $3147.00 $8227.00


Second Semester Costs
Second Semester (10 hours) (Fall) In-state Out-of-state
Maintenance Fee 1907 7407
N&AH Fee $250.00 $250.00
Nursing testing and lab fee $130.00 $130.00
Textbooks $50.00 $50.00
N95 Fit test, TB skin test $50.00 $50.00
Application for graduation $25.00 $25.00
Student Liability Insurance $15.00 $15.00
Total for Second Semester $427.00 $7927.00
Third Semester Costs
Third Semester (12 hours) (Spring) In-state Out-of-state
Maintenance Fee $2275.00 $8875.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee $300.00 $300.00
Nursing testing and lab fee $130.00 $130.00
Textbooks $135.00 $135.00
NCLEX-RN test application fee $200.00 $200.00
TN Board of Nursing – licensure application fee $100.00 $100.00
Licensure Background check $56.00 $56.00
Class composite photo (incl. state board picture) $15.00 $15.00
School pin $35.00 $35.00
Pinning Ceremony fee $2.00 $2.00
Total for Fourth Semester $3248.00 $9848.00

Total Program Cost






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

Program Outcomes
In accordance with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the following Chattanooga State Community College nursing program outcomes have been identified with the expected levels of achievement (ELA).

The data below reflects year of graduation.

Licensure Exam Pass Rate
The NCLEX pass rate for all first-time takers within 12 months of graduation will be 85% or greater. This includes the class as a whole and all disaggregated groups by program option and date of completion.

Performance on Licensure Exam:

 2021   2020   2019   2018 

NCLEX-RN LPN Pass Rate Day

    100% 100%

NCLEX-RN LPN Pass Rate Night

    100% N/A

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate Paramedic Day

    100% N/A

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate Paramedic Night

    100% N/A


Program Completion Rate
Program Completion: At least 80% of each nursing cohort will graduate within 150% of the program length.

Graduation Rate

 2021   2020   2019   2018 

LPN Graduation Rate Day, 2 year

5/2022  89.4 83.3% 83.3%

LPN Graduation Rate Night, 2 year

 N/A  N/A 100% 100%

Paramedic Graduation Rate Day, 2 year


 N/A 100% 50%

Paramedic Graduation Rate Night, 2 year


 N/A Dec 2021 50%


Job Placement
Within one year of program completion, at least 80% of program graduates will be employed as a registered nurse (RN) and/or enrolled in higher education classes.

Job Placement Rates 

 2021   2020   2019   2018 


    100% 100%


    100% N/A
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.