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Volunteer State Program Highlight: Nursing

By: Victoria Shelton

Vol State is home to a multitude of various different programs of study including the Nursing Program. This program is taught at either the Gallatin or Livingston Campuses and is to prepare students to apply to sit for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Students are required to apply to be a part of this program and the selection process for applicants is competitive. A minimum of 24 students will be selected each semester. Students are required to complete or be in progress in all general education, science, and elective courses, at the time of application.  Any courses in progress at the time of application must be completed before beginning the nursing program. Students are also required to have at least a 3.3 prerequisite G.P.A. All applicants will be required to take, and earn a proficient score, in the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test. The courses are designed to fit with university programs, so students will be able to continue studying Nursing at a four-year University.

Those are the minimum requirements and just meeting those does not mean an applicant is guaranteed to be accepted into the program. A point system will be used to rank each applicant. Applicants are selected for admission based on a combination of grade point average in  prerequisite courses, TEAS scoring, and current healthcare experience. Only students accepted into the program will be allowed to take nursing courses. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Cassie Koester, the Dean of Nursing at Vol State, believes the limitations are endless for graduates as most of them have multiple job offers and can fill a wide variety of roles as a registered nurse.

“Our program has a 100% job placement rate after graduation,” said Koester.

If you are interested in applying to the nursing program, the application for 2023 will be available in December.

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