Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the nursing program application deadline?
FAQ Answer:

Traditional class:  Dyersburg campus application deadline is March 1 with courses to begin in the Fall. Jimmy Naifeh Center (JNC) at Tipton County application deadline is Sept. 1 with courses to begin in the Spring.

LPN-RN class:  Dyersburg campus application deadline is Dec. 31 with courses to begin in May. There is no LPN-RN class at the JNC.

Paramedic-RN class: JNC at Tipton County application deadline is Sept. 1 with courses to begin in the Spring. The Dyersburg application deadline is March 1 with courses to begin in the Fall.

What are the minimal requirements for admission to the traditional nursing program?
FAQ Answer: You must have a GPA of 2.5 or above, successfully completed all Learning Support (LS) courses, taken the TEAS exam, and completed a current nursing application. If you are not a current student at DSCC, you will also need to apply for admission as a student. If you have attended any other college or university, all transcripts must be forwarded to DSCC Admissions and Records as well as the Division of Nursing prior to the application deadline. The TEAS exam score is good for three years.
How is the nursing class selected?
FAQ Answer:

Traditional: To be considered for admission to nursing, you must meet all eligibility criteria. These include completion of all pre-college (LS) courses, GPA of 2.5 or above (nursing general education curriculum courses only), submission of an electronic application, and completion of the standardized preadmission test (TEAS). Points are calculated for applicants meeting eligibility criteria. The applicants with the highest points are selected. Points are awarded for the following: GPA; TEAS score (your score / 10); and general education courses (A&P I, English Composition I, and Introductory Statistics) with an A or B completed prior to application deadline will receive 1 point for each. Applicants with current healthcare experience can receive 1 point.

LPN-RN: To be considered for admission to LPN-RN Fast Track nursing, you must meet all eligibility criteria. These include completion of all pre-college (LS) courses, GPA of 2.5 or above (nursing general education curriculum courses only), submission of an electronic application, and completion of the standardized preadmission test (TEAS). Prerequisite courses that must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to the application deadline are Learning Support (if needed), Introduction to Psychology, English Composition I and A & P I. Points are calculated for applicants meeting all eligibility criteria. The applicants with the highest points are selected. Points are awarded for the following: GPA; TEAS score (your score / 10); and general education courses (A&P I, English Composition I, and Introductory Statistics) with an A or B completed prior to application deadline will receive 1 point for each.

Paramedic-RN: To be considered for admission to Paramedic-RN nursing, you must meet all eligibility criteria. These include completion of all pre-college (LS) courses, GPA of 2.5 or above (nursing general education curriculum courses only), submission of an electronic application, and completion of the standardized preadmission test (TEAS). Prerequisite courses that must be completed with a grade of C or better prior to the application deadline are Learning Support (if needed), Introduction to Psychology, English Composition I and A&P I. Points are calculated for applicants meeting all eligibility criteria. The applicants with the highest points are selected. Points are awarded for the following: GPA; TEAS score (your score / 10); and general education courses (A&P I, English Composition I, and Introductory Statistics) with an A or B completed prior to application deadline will receive 1 point for each.

When do I need to see an advisor?
FAQ Answer:

You must first follow the admissions process for the college (www.DSCC.edu). Once this is complete, an advisor will be assigned to you in order to assist in the registration of courses. Your advisor will be able to review your information and ACT/AccuPlacer scores and assist with an overall curriculum plan.

How many days a week is the Nursing Program?
FAQ Answer:

Traditional class typically meets 3 days a week on campus and 1 day a week in the clinical area. LPN-RN class typically meets 2 days a week on campus and 1 day a week in the clinical area. Paramedic-RN class typically meets 2 days a week on campus and 1 day a week in the clinical area.

How many students do you typically accept?
FAQ Answer:

Typically, we accept between 45-48 students in the traditional class, 45-48 students in the LPN-RN class, and 20-24 students in the Paramedic-RN class.

When do I need to take the entrance exams and do I need to wait to apply until I take the entrance exams?
FAQ Answer:

You may take the entrance exams at any time. The exams must be completed before the application deadline. You can apply to the nursing program before an entrance exam is taken. Both the entrance exam and application must be completed prior to the application deadlines.

What does the Nursing Program require upon admission to the program?
FAQ Answer:

Upon acceptance into the program, orientation information will be mailed to you with your acceptance letter. At the orientation, nursing faculty will review everything that is required. A few of the requirements are immunizations, CPR certification, background checks and random drug screens. Detailed information will be discussed during new nursing student orientation.

What can I do to better my chances of getting into the nursing program?
FAQ Answer:

The best advice is to do well in all of your classes. Your GPA is calculated based on the nursing general education core curriculum only. It is a competitive program and the better grades that you have, the better your chance at being accepted.

How do I access the nursing packets on-line?
FAQ Answer: Go to www.DSCC.edu and choose “Programs” from the headings at the top of the page. There will be links to the nursing programs under the Health Science section.