Nursing RN Program - A.A.S. Day & Night

Nursing & Allied Health Division - Application Notice

We are updating the online Nursing & Allied Health Division application system to enhance student experiences. At this time, the online application system is unavailable. If you need immediate assistance, please send an email to or call 423-697-4450. Please continue to visit the N&AH website for updates. Thank you in advance for your patience as we finalize the updated application system.


Questions / More Information

(423) 493-8740 | Request Information

Program Director: 
Lindsey O'Hagan
HSC 1080
(423) 493.8721

Deadline Dates

Application Deadline: March 1st of each year
If on weekend, due the following business day.

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The Nursing Program prepares students to be registered nurses who will help meet the current and emerging needs in the workplace for registered nurses. Graduates use a clinical decision making process to provide care to diverse individuals across the life-span.

Following acceptance into a nursing class, the day program includes a sequence of four clinical program courses that can be completed in two academic years. A new day class is accepted each fall. The night program includes five clinical program courses and takes two and one-half years to complete. New night classes are accepted every other year on the even-numbered years. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in all courses included in the summary of required hours.

Graduates of the program are prepared to write the NCLEX-RN licensure examination to obtain the title of registered nurse (RN).

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Curriculum Details

ChattState has adopted the TBR Common Curriculum for students in the RN Traditional Pathway (Day and Night), LPN, and Paramedic Transition Pathway.

A summary of the changes includes:

  • Students will now be required to complete all General Education and Science Courses before beginning the RN Program. 
  • BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, BIOL 2230, PSYC 1030, PSYC 2130, ENGL 1010, HUM Elective, and MATH 1530. 
  • The RN Program will have a change in curriculum and will go from an integrated curriculum to now offering separate courses in Women’s Health and Childbearing Family, Pediatric Nursing, and Mental Health Nursing.

Total Estimated Program Costs

The estimated cost list provides an overall estimate of the costs for the nursing program. The costs quoted on this list are only estimated costs and subject to change without notice. The maintenance and other related enrollment fees are based on 2023-2024 fees for enrollment in nursing courses only. The other expenses are for nursing courses and nursing related expenses only. Expenses for other campus classes must be added to the costs listed below.

Check with the bookstore each semester for the books required in each course. Note that the textbook list is very heavy in the first course as many of the books purchased in the first semester are used throughout the remainder of the nursing program. For this reason, students are encouraged not to sell their textbooks back at the end of each semester. Expenses are again high in the last semester due to graduation, state board exam testing and licensure expenses.

Pre-Admission Costs
TEAS Admission Test $98.50
CPR Certification Course $55.00
Physical examination and required immunizations and tests $150.00
Hep B (required) $165.00
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen $60.00
N95 Fit Test $100.00
Total Pre-Admission Costs $628.50

First Semester Costs

First Semester (7 hours) (Fall) In-state Out-of-state
Maintenance Fee $1349.00   $5199.00 
Nursing and Allied Health fee  $175.00 $175.00
Campus Access, Student Activity, & Technology Fees $135.00 $135.00
Nursing testing and lab fee $155.00 $155.00
Textbooks $420.00 $420.00
Lab Kit $105.00 $105.00
Student liability insurance $15.00 $15.00
Dress/pants uniform $40.00 $40.00
Nursing Shoes $40.00 $40.00
Stethoscope $50.00 $50.00
Bandage scissors  $10.00 $10.00
Watch with seconds indicator $20.00 $20.00
Total for first semester $2514.00 $5944.00

Second Semester Cost

Second Semester (10 hours) (Spring) In-state Out-of-state
Maintenance Fee $1907.00   $7407.00
N&AH Fee $250.00 $250.00
Testing and Lab Fee $130.00 $130.00
Textbooks $460.00 $460.00
Total for Second Semester $2747.00 $8247.00

Third Semester Cost

Third Semester (10 hours) (Fall) In-state Out-of-state
Maintenance Fee $1907.00   $7407.00
N&AH Fee $250.00 $250.00
Nursing testing and lab fee $130.00 $130.00
Textbooks $50.00 $50.00
N95 Fit test, TB skin test $50.00 $50.00
Application for graduation $25.00 $25.00
Student Liability Insurance $15.00 $15.00
Total for Third Semester $2427.00 $7927.00

Fourth Semester Cost

Fourth Semester (12 hours) (Spring) In-state  Out-of-state 
Maintenance Fee $2275.00 $8875.00
Nursing & Allied Health Fee $300.00 $300.00
Nursing testing and lab fee $130.00 $130.00
Textbooks $135.00 $135.00
NCLEX-RN test application fee $200.00 $200.00
TN Board of Nursing – licensure application fee  $100.00 $100.00
Licensure Background check $56.00 $56.00
Class composite photo (incl. state board picture)   $15.00 $15.00
School pin $35.00 $35.00
Pinning Ceremony fee $2.00 $2.00
Total for Fourth Semester $3248.00 $9848.00

Total Program Cost





The Associate Degree nursing program at Chattanooga State Community College located in Chattanooga, TN is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

Approved by:

Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN  37243


The purpose of the nursing program is derived from and consistent with the mission of Chattanooga State Community College.  The Nursing Program serves students from multiple counties in Tennessee and bordering states by preparing them to be competent nurses who will meet the current and emerging need of the workplace for registered nurses.  The nursing program maintains state approval (Tennessee Board of Nursing) and national accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).  Graduates of the nursing program obtain an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). 

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes
In accordance with Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the following Chattanooga State Community College nursing program outcomes have been identified with the expected levels of achievement (ELA).

The data below reflects year of graduation.

Licensure Exam Pass Rate
The NCLEX pass rate for all first-time takers within 12 months of graduation will be 85% or greater. This includes the class as a whole and all disaggregated groups by program option and date of completion.

A.A.S. Day & Night RN
Performance on Licensure Exam:

 2021   2020  2019 2018
NCLEX RN Pass Rate Day Pending 93.3% 97.4% 97%
NCLEX RN Pass Rate Night N/A N/A 91.3%


Program Completion Rate
Program Completion: At least 80% of each nursing cohort will graduate within 150% of the program length.

Program Graduation Rate

 2021   2020  2019


Day Graduation Rate, 3 year

Pending 89.3 82.7% 85.3% 

Night Graduation Rate, 3 year

N/A N/A Dec 2021 N/A

Job Placement
Within one year of program completion, at least 80% of program graduates will be employed as a registered nurse (RN) and/or enrolled in higher education classes.

Job Placement Rates

 2021   2020  2019


Day  Pending  Pending  100%



N/A N/A 100%



Employment Opportunities: 

Registered Nurses may choose to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, home health care agencies, nursing homes and outpatient care centers. Other career opportunities include government agencies, social assistance agencies and educational services.