Legal Limitations for Licensure

Graduates from the Northeast State Community College Nursing Program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) after official transcripts confer the degree. Successful completion of NCLEX is required in order to practice and hold the professional title of Registered Nurse. However, individuals who have been convicted of a crime, other than a minor traffic violation, could be ineligible for registered nurse licensure in the state of Tennessee. Completion of the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility for licensure. The Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBoN) determines a graduate's eligibility for licensure on an individual basis.