Nursing is a challenging, rewarding, competitive field, and we enjoy helping others get started in the profession. There is tremendous interest in the pre-nursing courses at Volunteer State Community College. Seeking an Associates of Science degree before transferring is wise. Planning ahead is absolutely essential.

Partnerships with Universities

The Associate of Science (Pre Nursing-Belmont Partnership) is a two-year program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Belmont University. Partnership graduates earn the A.S. degree (64 semester hours) from VSCC and the B.S.N (64 semester hours) from Belmont University. Belmont School of Nursing reserves 16 seats for VSCC Pre-Nursing graduates. Each fall and spring semester, Belmont’s Coordinator of Nursing Admissions visits the campus to meet with students and provide up-to-date information about the partnership, expectations, and the application process. Check with the Math and Science Division about the dates of these advising sessions on the VSCC campus.

Vol State graduates can apply and transfer, as accepted, to these universities for a BSN. Graduates also transfer into nursing programs at Austin Peay, David Lipscomb, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Tech, University of Tennessee, and Western Kentucky University.  Vanderbilt University offers an accelerated Pre-Specialty Entry MSN program. Western Kentucky University and Columbia State Community College offer LPN to RN bridge programs. 

Admissions to the TSU two-year (AASN) Nursing program are currently suspended and undergoing revision. Students interested in this AASN program need to contact Karen Avant at TSU directly at 615-963-5265 to discuss the program and be advised. Contact information would be collected in case the program status changes.

Steps in the Process

  • Fill out an application to Volunteer State Community College.
  • If needed, take the placement tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.  The Learning Commons can help you prepare for testing, or schedule an appointment at the Testing Center.
  • Meet with a 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.
  • Review the Program of Study for your major located under the "Academics" tab on the homepage, and have your advisor setup a plan for you in Degree Works to follow.

A student may request a Vol State application from the Office of Admissions (615) 230-3688 to be completed and returned. Vol State Online applications are 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. 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.  Based on test results, some students must take refresher courses before they can enroll in college-level classes.