Nursing is a challenging and rewarding field, and we enjoy helping others get started in the profession.

Partnerships with Universities

Vol State has several Pre-Nursing pathways, including partnerships with Belmont, Cumberland, and Union Universities for students seeking a BSN.  Each has seats designated for Vol State A.S. graduates.  Vol State graduates also transfer into nursing programs at Austin Peay, David Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Tech, University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt.  Western Kentucky works with transfer students as well.  Click on the following links for more information.

BSN TTP Comparison Sheet

Pre-Nursing A.S. Information Packets

Tennessee State University extends their Associate's Degree in Nursing program to the Vol State campus in Gallatin and offers a bridge program to the Bachelor of Science-Nursing degree as well.  Volunteer State Community College is fortunate to be able to offer students in the Gallatin area the opportunity to complete an AAS Degree in Nursing through TSU's partnership.

Tennessee State University Nursing A.A.S Partnership - Information Packet

Steps in the Process

  • Fill out an application to Volunteer State Community College.
  • If needed, take the placement tests in Reading, Writing, and Algebra.
  • Meet with Vol State advisor to schedule all required Remedial or Developmental refresher courses.
  • Request official transcript(s) and have them sent to Vol State.  Your transcripts will be initially evaluated, but specific courses may need additional evaluation.
  • Full-time students must have shot records approved through Admissions.  Part-time students must be cleared for registration.
  • Follow the Program of Study for your major, and have your advisor setup a plan for you in Degree Works.

A student may request a Vol State application from the Office of Admissions (615) 230-3688 to be completed and returned. Online application is accepted.

Many of the prospective Nursing students entering at Vol State have been out of school for some time. Students who are 21 or older will be REQUIRED to take a Tennessee Board of Regents' Placement test. This is the same placement test used at all Board of Regents' Community Colleges, Technical Institutes and Universities (TSU and Columbia State, for example). This test battery is part of the normal process of registering for college courses for all students who enter to pursue degrees. The test has parts on Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, including Algebra. Many students who enter college today need some help in reading, writing or math and, based on test results, must take refresher courses before they can enroll in college-level classes.

More Information

If you choose to complete all of the Vol State General Education courses required in the TSU Pre-Nursing A.A.S. degree before taking any TSU Nursing courses, then the program will take longer than two years. Once enrolled in the first Pre-Nursing courses, program completion takes four semesters. Very few students choose to complete the Nursing Program in only two years.

There is tremendous interest in the Nursing profession and pre-nursing courses at Vol State.  This is a highly competitive major.  Seeking an Associates of Science degree before transferring is wise.  Planning ahead is absolutely essential.  Please call a Secretary of the Division of Mathematics and Science at Vol State in Gallatin, TN at (615) 230-3261 for nursing packet information, or print a packet from the links provided on our Pre-Nursing web pages.