State board gives Pellissippi State nursing program approval

State board gives Pellissippi State nursing degree program full approval


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Health's Board of Nursing gave full approval to the Pellissippi State Community College nursing program.

The board voted on the approval on August 22 in Nashville. This sets the stage for the college to pursue national accreditation for the associate of applied science degree in nursing.

In February, the board did a two-day campus visit and on-site survey. The board reviewer evaluated the program, curriculum and degree and interviewed faculty, staff, students, and nurse educators at hospitals.

In May, Pellissippi State's first class of nursing students graduated. They received a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. Students who pass that exam are licensed to practice as registered nurses in Tennessee.

Pellissippi State's associate's degree requires 66 credit hours of coursework, taken over four semesters.

The associate's degree program has also received candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

The NLNAC has invited the program to submit a written self-study in the multi-step process of achieving accreditation.

Once the self-study is completed, an NLNAC site visit will be conducted and a governing board review will determine the program's accreditation status.

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