Frequently Asked Questions

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Traditional AASN Applications for a summer start in Gallatin and Livingston are due April 1st. Applications for a fall start date in Springfield are due July 1st. Late applications will only be considered if cohorts are not full.

LPN to RN applications for the Fall start date in Gallatin and Livingston are due July 1st. Applicants who apply before April 1st will be given first consideration.

LPN to RN applications for a January start date in Springfield are due October 1st. Applicants who apply before July 1st will be given first consideration.

All application requirements must be complete and in the nursing department by the deadline. All applications will be submitted online. The application will be available at

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The test covers math, science, English, and reading comprehension. Applicants must score a minimum of proficient to be considered eligible to apply. The overall grade will be part of the ranking of nursing applicants.

Students may take the TEAS up to three times in the two years prior to the application deadline. Students must wait 60 days between testing dates. Any scores from additional attempts within the two-year period will not be considered.

Go to the Testing Center and scroll down to “TEAS Assessment for Nursing.” Click the link to schedule a testing appointment.

The complete program, including pre-requisites, will take six semesters. This assumes that the student has no prior credit, does not need Learning Support coursework, and is a full-time student during the pre-requisite year.

The Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reviewed the materials seeking approval of the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Nursing. The Board approved the program and included it in the scope of the current accreditation.

The AASN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The effective date for initial accreditation of the nursing program is February 16, 2021.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Yes, there is an LPN to RN bridge option. When accepted into the associate of applied science in nursing program, LPNs with a current, unencumbered TN license, may waive out of Fundamentals of Nursing (NRSG 1710) upon successful completion of assigned Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs). The LPN will then receive seven credit hours for NRSG 1710.

Students can do the required general education, science and elective coursework required for the program on a part-time basis if desired and/or choose to take night classes for these courses. However, once admitted to the nursing program, students will have to follow the prescribed cohort daytime weekday schedule which includes a summer (7 credit hours), fall (13 credit hours), spring (12 credit hours) and summer (7 credit hours) schedule. There could be an occasional night-time clinical required, but it is not an evening program.

The first semester is generally up to three days per week. The remaining semesters are generally four days per week. There are weeks and semesters when this may vary.

The nursing AAS program is offered in Gallatin, Livingston, and Springfield.

You may work while completing pre-requisite courses, although advisors recommend no more than part-time work hours while enrolled as a full-time student. We do not recommend working while in nursing school taking the NRSG courses. This competitive, rigorous program requires many hours of study in order to be successful. In some cases, it can also be a safety risk to nursing students and patients if a student participates in clinical rotations after working a long night shift.

Only the required general education, science and elective courses listed in the curriculum will be used to determine GPA for consideration. The admission committee will use a GPA calculator and only enter those courses required for the program to generate a GPA for consideration for each applicant.

Yes, we will use the course with the highest grade. For example, if for humanities/fine arts, you have earned a B in ART 1035 and an A in PHIL 1030, we will use the PHIL 1030 grade of A in determining your GPA for consideration.

We will use your most recent attempt in any repeated course to calculate your GPA for consideration.

No, there is not a rule about how long ago courses were taken. However, the required pre-admission TEAS exam covers math, science, English, and reading comprehension. So if you took science courses a long time ago, you may choose to retake them for best results on the TEAS and in the nursing program. Always check with the Financial Aid Office about whether or not your aid will cover repeated coursework.

If you left a nursing program in poor academic standing (on academic probation or expulsion), you will not be eligible for admission to the Vol State Associate of Applied Science nursing program. If you withdrew and left in good standing, you would be eligible to apply if all other admission requirements are met. Please reach out to an advisor if you have questions about your ability to apply based on prior attendance in another nursing program.

Not yet. As with all our competitive applied healthcare programs at Vol State, there are two application steps to be admitted. As a new or transfer student, you will first apply to Vol State as a Pre-Nursing A.S. student. This concentration is for students planning to go on to a B.S.N. program as well as those who plan apply to the Nursing A.A.S. Due to financial aid rules, the college does not allow students to be under the Nursing A.A.S. pathway until they are formally admitted to the program. The second application step is applying to the Nursing A.A.S. program after completing the pre-requisites.

Yes. Cohorts begin every summer in Gallatin and Livingston. The Springfield cohort begins in the Fall. LPN’s start classes during the second semester at each campus.

Yes, if you have completed all the needed courses to apply except for your currently enrolled courses during the spring semester. All pre-requisite courses MUST be completed prior to starting your first NRSG course.

No, if you lack even one prerequisite after the spring semester, then you will have to wait to apply to the nursing program during the next admission cycle the following year. Students can continue working on additional general education courses that are part of the Pre-Nursing A.S. degree program while waiting to apply to the Nursing A.A.S. program if desired. Many students who earn an A.A.S. degree go on later to bridge to a B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), so these additional general education courses may transfer to the B.S.N. Always check with your assigned academic advisor with any course selection questions and ask the Financial Aid Office to see how many semesters your aid will cover.

Yes, all students must apply to Vol State and have a completed application on file. Transfer students must request official transcripts from all prior colleges to be submitted to the Vol State Admissions Office. If a student has completed pre-requisites at another college, they must apply to Vol State and have those transcripts evaluated to make sure all the courses transfer as equivalent to the pre-requisite courses required for the program. Please see an advisor with questions about how credits transfer.

Go to the website to apply for general college admission:
Once admitted to the college, you will receive a welcome letter with instructions on how to access your MyVolState Portal. You will also receive information on next steps such as sending high school and college transcripts (if applicable), sending test scores or taking a placement test (different than the nursing admission test), advising, registration and more. If you have never attended college before and plan to enroll starting in the fall, you will be required to attend a Campus Connect orientation session in the late spring or summer. Check your Vol State student Gmail for the invitation to Campus Connect. You will be able to register for fall classes at that time.

Each student has a unique financial aid situation depending on which grants, scholarships and loans you receive, how long you may have already been in college, when you will be eligible to apply to the nursing program, etc. It is always best to talk to someone in the Financial Aid Office each semester prior to the start of classes to see where you stand with your specific situation and if they need additional information from you. To reach the Financial Aid Office at Vol State, visit in person in the Ramer Building, suite 132, call 615-230-3456 or email 
The first step to see if you qualify for Financial Aid is to fill out a FAFSA: 
For those students interested in the Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship, please go here for information and the application link (scroll down to GET STARTED to find the Tennessee Reconnect Application):

Call the nursing department at (615)-230-4760.

New students who still need to work on pre-requisites and plan to start in the fall will be advised at Campus Connect orientation.  New students starting in spring or summer and transfer/returning students still working on pre-requisites can reach out to the Advising Center to discuss curriculum planning and course registration. The Advising Center (615-230-3702 or ) is located in the Ramer Building, suite 174, on the main campus. For assistance at the Livingston Campus, stop by Student Services or call 931-823-7065. Once admitted to Vol State, you will be assigned a specific advisor who you can work with on an ongoing basis.