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The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) nursing program prepares you to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The four-semester curriculum emphasizes the application of the nursing core competencies: professional behavior, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring intervention, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care of a diverse client population.

Clinical activities are provided in campus classrooms, area hospitals, extended care facilities, and other health and community agencies. While the majority of the clinical experiences are located within the college's 11-county service area, additional travel is sometimes required. Students completing this program will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Articulation with a baccalaureate program of study is supported.

Student Selection Process

Applicants are ranked in numerical order on a selection list with the highest scores selected to fill the class. Students are notified of their fall semester admission status in April via their Motlow email account. Selection for admission to the Nursing Program is based upon a point system, with the highest points possible being 600 plus eligible applicants earning up to 75 quality points.

Students admitted to the Nursing Program are required to attend a Nursing Program Orientation Session.

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The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) nursing program prepares you to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The three-semester curriculum emphasizes the application of the nursing core competencies: professional behavior, communication, assessment, clinical decision making, caring intervention, teaching and learning, collaboration, and managing care of a diverse client population.

Clinical activities are provided in campus classrooms, area hospitals, extended care facilities, and other health and community agencies. While the majority of the clinical experiences are located within the college's 11-county service area, additional travel is sometimes required. Students completing this program will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Articulation with a baccalaureate program of study is supported.

Student Selection Process

Applicants are ranked in numerical order on a selection list with the highest scores selected to fill the class. Students are notified of their fall semester admission status in April via their Motlow email account. Selection for admission to the Nursing Program is based upon a point system, with the highest points possible being 600 plus eligible applicants earning up to 75 quality points.

Students admitted to the Nursing Program are required to attend a Nursing Program Orientation Session.

Program of Study

Program Total Credit Hours: 66

Prerequisites

  • PSYC 1030 Introduction to Psychology
  • ENGL 1010 English Composition I
  • BIOL 2010 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2020 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • MATH 1530 Introductory Statistics

Summer Semester

  • NRSG 1700 Transition to Professional Nursing: 7 credit hours (5/2)

Total Credit Hours: 7

Fall Semester

  • NRSG 2730 Medical Surgical Nursing II: 7 credit hours (5/2)
  • NRSG 1330 Pediatric Nursing: 3 credit hours (2/1)
  • BIOL 2230 Microbiology
  • Guided Elective: ENGL 1020; SPCH 1010, or PSYC 2130: 3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours: 17

Spring Semester

  • Humanity Elective: ARTA, MUSA, or THEA 1030: 3 credit hours
  • NRSG 2240 Professional Practice in Nursing: 2 credit hours
  • NRSG 2740 Medical Surgical Nursing III: 7 credit hours (5/2)
  • NRSG 1320 Women’s Health and Childbearing Family: 3 credit hours (2/1)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Motlow nursing students study in the lab

Program Supply Fees and Expenses

In addition to College fees, nursing students may anticipate the following expenses. Fees are subject to change.

  • Uniform and supplies: $200 *
  • Drug Screen and Background Check $100 (annually)
  • Health Physical: $100 *
  • TB Skin Test: $10-20 (annually)
  • CPR Certification: $50-75 *
  • Textbooks: First year/LPN transition: $1200; Second year: $300
  • Licensing Exam Fees: $300 (last semester) *
  • Fingerprint Scan for Licensure $45 *
  • Nursing Pin (optional): $50-150 (last semester) *
  • NCLEX Review Course (recommended) $250-350 *

*indicates a one-time fee

Nursing Scholarships

Motlow is home to one of the premier nursing programs in Tennessee. Through the Motlow College Foundation our nursing program provides financial assistance to nursing students through a variety of scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of philanthropists throughout southern middle Tennessee, nursing students have scholarship options.

Motlow's single scholarship application system allows nursing students to apply for all nursing scholarships at one time.

Become a Registered Nurse

A nursing major can apply to take the National Council of Licensure Exam for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

  • Nurse at the care level of an Associate Degree graduate.
  • You will meet or exceed the mean score on the NCLEX-RN. 
  • You’ll be encouraged to apply for positions in Motlow’s 11-county service area.

Why Study Nursing at Motlow?

  • Qualified, experienced faculty will help you succeed
  • Clinical experiences throughout Tennessee
  • Our curriculum prepares you for work in today's healthcare industry
  • Motlow's excellent reputation
  • High state licensing pass rates
  • High job placement rates, (95-100%)


Student Achievement Data

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

Years Motlow NCLEX Pass Rate 4-Semester Program Pass Rate LPN-RN Program Pass Rate TN NCLEX Pass Rate National NCLEX Pass Rate
2014 96.92%     82.86% 88.05%
2016 100% 100% 100% 85.49% 89.1%
2016 92.73% 95% 85.7% 84.56% 87.22% 

Four-Year Program Completion

  • 2012-2015: 65%
  • 2013-2016: 64.7%
  • 2014-2017; 59.7%

LPN-RN Program Completion

  • 2013-2015: 70%
  • 2014-2016: 78.9%
  • 2015-2017: 68.4%

Job Placement Rates

  • 2013: 98%
  • 2014: 100%
  • 2015: 98%

Specific Program Outcomes

  • Graduates are prepared to perform the graduate core competencies for Associate Degree nurses in the delivery of care
  • Graduates meet or exceed the state and national mean score on the NCLEX-RN
  • Graduates contribute to the supply of registered nurses in the Motlow State's eleven county service area

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Specific Program Outcomes

  • Performance on the NCLEX-RN exam: The three (3) year mean for the NCLEX-RN pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same three (3) year period
  • The annual NCLEX-RN pass rate for first time takers will be at or above 85% in accordance with the Tennessee Board of Nursing
  • Program completion: 60% of student will complete the program within 150% of the program length
  • Graduate Program Satisfaction: 85% or greater of the graduates will express satisfaction with graduate preparation 6-12 months post-graduation (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Employer Program Satisfaction: 85% of employers will express satisfaction with graduate preparation 6-12 months post-graduation (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Job Placement Rates: 85% will be employed within 6-12 months post-graduation
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