Nursing & Allied Health

​The goal of Chattanooga State's Nursing & Allied Health division is to prepare health care practitioners who can perform their duties at a professional level, ensure the safety of their patients, and be a benefit to their community.

Degrees and Certificates

All Nursing & Allied Health students must first apply to ChattState. After completing the college application, students interested in applying to a selective admission Nursing & Allied Health program must visit the specific program webpage for their respective application process.

Prospective Students

Nursing & Allied Health students must demonstrate a high level of academic success in the required pre-requisite and general education courses. The majority of successful NAH candidates complete most, if not all, of their general education requirements prior to applying to a NAH program. In order to be successful in NAH, prospective students should attend information sessions (required for some programs), read and be familiar with program information available on the website, and meet with their assigned academic advisor any time they have questions or concerns about their degree plan. View the profile summary for last years accepted applicant pool.

All Nursing & Allied Health programs require:

  • the student must be at least 18 years old
  • the student must have already completed at least 24 credit hours
  • the student must undergo a background check
  • the student must have a GPA of at least 2.5
    • below 2.5 they are required to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor


What programs are available and how many students are accepted each year?

Dental Assisting – 36 (certificate)
Dental Hygiene – 24
Emergency Medical Technician (fall 100-125) (spring 25-50) then Advanced Emergency
Medical Technician (spring 100-125) (fall 25-50) (certificates)
Health Information Management – 20
Nuclear Medicine Technology – 15
Pharmacy Technician – 25 (certificate)
Physical Therapist Assistant – 24
Radiologic Technology - 32
Registered Nursing: Day: 110 each fall Night: 50 each even fall: Transition: 20-30 each summer
Respiratory Care – 25
Veterinary Technology – 24

How do I get started?

If you are not a current student at Chattanooga State, please complete a College application online and complete all admission requirements. To check your admission status go to admission status. Each N&AH program has an application checklist to view next steps after complete admission into the college.

When should I turn in my program application?

Each program has an application checklist that will guide you on when and what to turn in with your program application. Attending an information session will also answer this question and help you to successfully complete the entire process. If the program requires observation hours and/or TEAS testing, don’t wait until the last minute to get these steps completed.

Can I apply for more than one program?

Yes, however, an application and program required materials are needed for each program file. Each program application checklist should be followed to successfully complete the application process.

What courses are required for degree programs?

Prerequisite courses must be taken first followed by general education/support courses. Most students try to complete as many general education/support courses as possible prior to applying as it enhances their standing in the competitive selection process. Attending a program information session will also clarify the point calculation process.

How are students selected into a career program?

Program selection is a competitive process based on an objective point system. Points are awarded for completion of curriculum courses, grades in those courses, results on test(s), and/or other materials required for a specific program. Some programs provide a point calculator to help you figure your points. The selection process is discussed at the program information session which is either required or strongly encouraged to attend.

How many points do I need?

There is no set number of points needed to be accepted. The applicant pool is sorted according to total points. Students scoring the highest number of points are considered for the program. Attend a program information session for details. The applicant pool results from previous year is found under View the profile summary for last years accepted applicant pool.

What programs have an information session?

Dental Assisting (required)
Dental Hygiene (required)
Emergency Medical Technician/AEMT (required)
Health Information Management (required)
Nuclear Medicine Technology (required)
Physical Therapist Assistant (required)
Radiation Therapy (required)
Radiologic Technology (required)
Registered Nursing (strongly encouraged)
Respiratory Care (Required)
Pharmacy Technician (strongly encouraged)
Sonography Program (strongly encouraged)
Veterinary Technology (strongly encouraged)

What test(s) are required to get into the programs?

Dental Assisting – College Entrance Test
Dental Hygiene – TEAS
Emergency Medical Technician/Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – TEAS
Health Information Management – none
Nuclear Medicine Technology – TEAS
Pharmacy Technician – ACT or College Entrance Test
Physical Therapist Assistant – TEAS
Radiologic Technology – TEAS
Registered Nursing – TEAS
Respiratory Care – TEAS
Veterinary Technology - TEAS

What is the deadline date for the programs?

Dental Assisting – June 15 of each year
Dental Hygiene – 1st Monday in May of each year
Emergency Medical Technician & Advanced Emergency Medical Technician –
    January 15 or July 31 (if on weekend Friday before)
Health Information Management – 1st Monday in May of each year
Nuclear Medicine Technology – March 1 of each year (if on weekend following Monday)
Pharmacy Technician – Acceptance when qualifications are completed or May 1
Physical Therapist Assistant – 1st Monday in February of each year
Radiologic Technology – May 1 of each year (if on weekend following Monday)
Registered Nursing – March 1 of each year; Transitions – January 15 of each year (if on
    weekend Friday before)
Respiratory Care – May 15 of each year
Veterinary Technology – November 1 of each year

How long is the program once you’ve been accepted?

Dental Assisting – 3 semesters
Dental Hygiene – 5 semesters
Emergency Medical Technician – 1 semester; Advanced Emergency Medical Technology – 1 semester
Health Information Management – 4 semesters
Nuclear Medicine Technology – 4 semester
Pharmacy Technician – 3 semesters
Physical Therapist Assistant – 4 semesters
Radiologic Technology – 6 semesters
Registered Nursing – Day: 4 semesters; Night: 5 semesters; Transitions: Day: 3 semesters; Night: 4 semesters
Respiratory Care – 6 semesters
Veterinary Technology – 4 semesters

Can I work while in a program?

Dental Assisting – First semester students are on campus 21 hours a week (12 hours a week in lecture and 9 hours each week in labs). They should allow about 24 hours a week for reading, studying, doing homework. Students who work 20 hours per week or less are generally most successful.
Dental Hygiene – First semester freshman Monday & Wednesday 8:00-12:00; Thursdays 8:30-4:30; Friday 8:00-4:00, we usually recommend not more than 20 hours per week. We also recommend that you cut as far back as possible then increase hours if you can. This works better than waiting to cut work hours and risk getting behind and not being able to catch up.
Emergency Medical Technician/Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – 2 days per week (M/W or Tue/Thu) 9 hours per day; or 3 nights per week (M/Tue/Thu) 6 hours per night
Health Information Management – Yes, but if a student works 40 hours a week, we do not advise a full-time academic load. Students enrolled in fully on-line courses must be available to schedule time during traditional daytime work hours (Monday-Friday. 9 am to 5 pm) for professional practice experiences in the second year of the program. Part-time schedules are determined on a case-by-case basis by the program director.
Nuclear Medicine Technology – First year students are in clinic one to two days each week, however, when fall classes start the program is a 40 hour per week commitment Monday through Friday.  This time is divided between clinical and didactic courses.  It is highly recommended that students do not work during the program; however, if one must work then evenings and weekends are the only available times.  Working limited hours is suggested in the fall semester and then taper in more work hours as the student is able, without compromising program GPA.
Pharmacy Technician – Monday & Wednesdays: 9:00-4:00; Thursday: 8:00-2:00; Friday 8:00-12:00
Physical Therapist Assistant – Fall semester hours are Monday through Friday 8:00-12:00; we usually recommend not more than 20 hours per week. We also recommend that you cut as far back as possible then increase hours if you can. This works better than waiting to cut work hours and risk getting behind and not being able to catch up.
Radiologic Technology – The first semester of your first year is the less stressful of all since you do not go to clinic at the hospitals and you could work more this one semester. You would be in class 7am-12 noon Monday through Thursday with one afternoon in lab. Friday is set aside for study and research. After the first semester, you would be involved in either class, lab or clinic from around 7 am to around 4 pm each day. We recommend no more than 20 hours working per week or less if possible.
Registered Nursing –Yes, you can work; but we strongly recommend you do not work more than 24 hours per week. Classes are Day: 3 days a week / Night: 2 evenings a week.
Respiratory Care – First semester Monday and Fridays 12:00-3:00 with one lab added in spring and summer. Second year students are in class, lab or clinic for about 33 hours per week.
Veterinary Technology - It will be difficult for one to work once accepted into the program due to the required clinical hours outside of class. This applies to the following courses of Clinical Practicum: VETT 2010, VETT 2020 and VETT 2030.

Which programs require an interview before acceptance?

Dental Assisting – Meet with DAST Advisor
Dental Hygiene – Yes
Health Information Management – Yes
Nuclear Medicine Technology - Yes
Pharmacy Technician – Meet with PC Advisor
Physical Therapist Assistant – Yes
Radiologic Technology – Yes

Which programs "require" observation hours as part of the acceptance process?

Dental Assisting - 16 hours
Dental Hygiene - 16 hours
Nuclear Medicine Technology – 24 hours
Physical Therapist Assistant - 16 hours
Veterinary Technology - 16 hours

If I have disabilities can I still pursue a career in Nursing & Allied Health?

The Division of Nursing & Allied Health complies with Section 504 of the Americans with Disability Act (1990). Visit Disabilities Services for more information.

What is the expected salary I would make after graduation from a program?

Visit the program website and scroll down on their main page to Occupational Outlook Handbook  to find current salary information from the Occupational Employment Statistics..

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Contact - Anna Kent | (423) 697-4782 | Office - HSC 2087 (Allied Health Major)
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