The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing prepares individuals to apply to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) following approval by the State Board of Nursing to become registered nurses and assume positions in the healthcare industry. Settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics are just a few of the career options available to Walters State nursing graduates.
The Nursing degree program is offered at WSCC campuses in Morristown, Greeneville, and Sevierville.
The WSCC Nursing Program has full accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Telephone 404.975.5000. The Tennessee State Board of Nursing reviews and approves the nursing program annually. WSCC is a member of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing, an affiliate of the Southern Regional Education Board.
For Fall Semester admission - January 31st of the year the student elects to participate in the selection process. (Courses taken through Spring semester of the year the student elects to participate will be considered.)
For Spring Semester admission - October 1st prior to the Spring the student elects to participate in the selection process. (Courses taken through Fall semester prior to the Spring will be considered.)
For Career Mobility admission - January 31st of the year the student elects to participate in the selection process. (Courses taken through Fall semester prior to the application deadline will be considered.)
(excluding tuition and maintenance fees)
|Textbooks (approximate cost for nursing books only)||$800.00|
|Comprehensive Testing Program||$345.00|
|Professional Liability Insurance (for both years)***||$73.00|
|Clinical Uniforms (1 uniform & 1 labcoat) & shoes||$125.00|
|Community Clinical Uniform (1 WSCC Nsg Polo and Khaki Pants)||price varies|
|Skills Lab Kit||$60.00|
|Physical Exam (approximate cost)||$200.00|
|Hepatitis B vaccination (3 doses)||$150.00|
|Graduate nurse pin||price varies|
|Pictures for State Board Exam ID||$40.00|
|State Board Application Fee||$100.00|
|NCLEX - RN fee||$200.00|
|TNF (Tennessee Nurses Foundation)||$10.00|
***Price of Professional Liability Insurance may vary based on additional licensure or certification.
The Walters State Community College Department of Nursing shares the Vision and Mission of the College and supports the Campus Compact. The philosophy of the nursing program provides the foundation for the curriculum, reflects the beliefs of the faculty, and supports achievement of division student learning outcomes.
The purpose of the Program is to provide an affordable, high quality nursing educational opportunity for the residents of East Tennessee. The program will prepare individuals to:
The goals of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing at Walters State Community College are summarized in the four broad program outcomes identified by the NLN (National League for Nursing, 2010). Nurses must:
In addition to program outcomes the following program outputs will be measured:
The Associate Degree Nurse is prepared for entry level practice as a registered nurse. To achieve the outcomes of the program, graduates will demonstrate relationship-centered care based on national standards set forth by the National League for Nursing (NLN, 2010) and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses initiative (QSEN, 2011).
Broad Program Outcomes
The graduate with the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing will:
"Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings" (p. 38).
1. Demonstrate holistic patient assessment across the life span.
"Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and promote the health of patients within a family and community context" (p. 38).
5. Provide safe, quality care across the wellness continuum.
"Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context" (p. 38).
8. Adhere to legal and ethical principles that guide professional nursing practice.
Spirit of Inquiry
"Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities" (p. 38).
11. Collaborate with other health care professionals.
Inherent in the program and graduate outcomes are the core components and competencies basic to the practice of nursing as identified by the National League for Nursing (2000) and the quality and safety competencies identified by QSEN.
The Walters State Community College nursing program promotes excellence in the teaching and preparation of students for life-long learning. Each student is valued as a unique person and is guided toward development of individual potential as a contributing member of the nursing profession and as a citizen in a democratic society.
The faculty believe that learning takes place within the learner; therefore, self awareness and self evaluation are emphasized. Faculty acknowledge that learners bring a variety of life experiences, learning styles, and personal goals to the education setting. Further, faculty believe learning is:
To prepare an adaptable generalist, nursing education is best accomplished in an institution of higher learning through a curriculum which incorporates knowledge from a variety of disciplines. These disciplines include the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and mathematics as well as the incorporation of oral, written, and technological communication.
The combination of general and nursing education courses provides learning experiences that prepare the student to function with intellectual and technical competence, utilizing critical thinking skills in the application of the nursing process.
The nursing faculty endeavors to provide the guidance that will enable each individual to apply his or her potential in the field of nursing. The nursing faculty facilitates learning for the students while functioning as nursing experts, teachers, mentors, and nurturers.
The philosophy of the Nursing Program is a belief system held by the faculty regarding person, environment, health, and nursing. These defining concepts are interrelated and exist in a dynamic relationship.
PERSON is defined as a human being worthy of respect and dignity. Accepting Maslow's theory, each individual has a hierarchy of needs from physiologic to self-actualization. Each person makes decisions and choices based on knowledge, cultural background, experience, perceptions, values, and goals. Changes in the person occur throughout the lifespan. Each person interacts with and responds to changes in the internal and external environment. The concept of person may include individuals, families, communities, and groups.
ENVIRONMENT refers to the total of all factors and processes, internal and external, continuously impacting on the person.
HEALTH is a dynamic state of being resulting from the adaptation to the interaction of person and environment. Health is a subjective and individual perception existing on a continuum from optimal wellness through end of life.
NURSING is an applied discipline of knowledge and skills based on research. Nursing functions are dependent, independent, and collaborative. The nurse interacts with the person in the environment to promote health. As a stakeholder in the community, nursing has a responsibility to provide fiscally sound, quality care that promotes health, prevents illness, restores health, and facilitates coping across the lifespan. Nursing occurs in a variety of settings.
Nursing process is a systematic method that uses critical thinking to provide structure to nursing practice toward the achievement of positive outcomes. Through the use of nursing process, nurses diagnose and treat the person's response to actual and potential health problems. The practice of nursing includes provision for a safe effective care environment, measures to achieve physiological and psychosocial integrity, and promotion and maintenance of health.
The Conceptual Model for this associate degree program depicts the interrelationship between the central concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing. The outer circle reflects the external environment. The broken lines of the two inner circles illustrate the continuous open interaction between the internal and external environments. The inner circles, representing person and nursing, overlap to depict the role of nursing as it interacts to promote health, prevent illness, restore health, and facilitate coping. The straight line intersecting person depicts the health continuum on which each person exists.