Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Category

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 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.
Which nursing admission exam do I take? Traditional RN or Fast Track Nursing Program?
FAQ Answer: The Division for Nursing requires the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) at the admissions exam for all three nursing tracks. The TEAS must be taken at DSCC and the score is good for three (3) years.
I don't have a copy of my IRS Tax Transcript. How can I get one?
FAQ Answer:
  • You can request a transcript from IRS, free of charge, in one of three ways:


  • Go to
  • Look in "Tools" Section
  • Click "Order a Tax Return or Account Transcript"
  • In the Type of Transcript field, select “Return Transcript”
  • In the Tax Year field, select the tax year
  • Receive your tax transcript within 5 to 10 working days


  • Call IRS @ 1-800-908-9946
  • Follow instructions
  • Receive your tax transcript within 5 to 10 working days


Where is the Financial Aid Office located?
FAQ Answer:
  • The Financial Aid office in Dyersburg is located in the Student Center on the Dyersburg campus. You may reach this office at 731-286-3350.The Financial Aid Office in Covington is located in the Jimmy Naifeh Building on the JNC-Tipton County center. You may reach this office at 901-475-3100.
Have you received my FAFSA information yet?
FAQ Answer:
  • You can log into the MyDSCC Student Portal to see if the Financial Aid Office has received your FAFSA.  If you have not yet received your username and password from Admissions and Records, you can call the Financial Aid Office at 731-286-3350 to see if your FAFSA has been processed.  Once in the MyDSCC system you will need to follow these instructions:
    • Click on the Student Tab
    • Find the Financial Aid Requirements
    • Select the Aid Year you want to view
      • The Financial Aid Application will show as complete if we have received the FAFSA.
      • If additional documents are needed, the requirements will display as needed.