AAS Nursing Program

Nurse Pinning Ceremony

The associate of applied science degree in Nursing prepares individuals to become Registered Nurses. After completing the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, individuals are qualified to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) following approval by the State Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, one holds the title of a Registered Nurse (RN) and may enter the healthcare industry as an RN.

The associate degree RN is a generalist whose practice encompasses the interrelated roles of care provider, manager of care, and a member of the comprehensive healthcare team. Assessment, caring interventions, clinical decision making, collaboration, communication, managing care, professional behaviors, and teaching and learning characterize this role.

  • Northeast State Nursing Program
  • Regional Center for Health Professions
  • 300 West Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660
  • 423.354.5108
  • nursingmail@NortheastState.edu   

Open the headings below for more information.

Northeast State’s Nursing Program first line of advisement is the Nursing Information Session. The Information Session is face-to-face and free. Click on the Advisement heading to schedule a day and time.


The first line of advisement for any student interested in the Northeast State Nursing program is a Nursing Information Session. These sessions are conducted by a member of the nursing faculty. During an Information Session, material presented is geared towards any student who might have an interest in the nursing program. The session begins with program goals and outcomes and progresses into making application to Northeast State, followed by detailed information regarding courses which are required to be completed prior to making application to nursing. Information is also presented about ranking each nursing applicant once application has been made. Courses specific to nursing, once a student has been accepted into the program, is also shared along with the amount of time a student needs to set aside for studying once admitted to the program in order to be successful.

The Nursing Division uses online schedule for Information Sessions and student advisement appointments. To register for an Information Session or student advisement appointment, click the link below to access our online appointment registration system.

Online Appointment Registration System

Note: When registering for an Information Session, Traditional AAS Nursing students need to select “Information Session”. LPN to RN option students need to select “LPN to RN Information Session”.



After being accepted by the College, a student must meet AAS Nursing admission identified under the Enrollment Requirements tab below. Nursing Program Traditional Option applications are accepted in summer semester with accepted students enrolling into nursing specific coursework in the fall semester. Nursing courses are completed in four semesters. After successful completion of coursework, students are awarded with an associates of applied science in Nursing Degree. Applicants are selected twice a year with applications due during summer and fall semester; applicants accepted begin classes in fall or spring semester.

Please note the timeline on application posting and deadline information for each cohort.

  • August cohort start: will post to the nursing homepage in March with a deadline in June .
  • January cohort start: will post to the nursing homepage in September with a deadline in December.




    Northeast State Nursing Students

     After being accepted by the College, specific pre-nursing general education courses must be completed prior to making application to the Nursing program. Nursing Program LPN to RN Option applications are accepted in spring semester with accepted students enrolling into nursing specific coursework in the summer semester. Nursing courses are completed in three semesters (summer, fall, spring). After successful completion of coursework, students are awarded with an associates of applied science in Nursing Degree. Applicants are selected once a year with applications due during spring semester.

    For those applying to the LPN to RN option, documentation of a current, active LPN license must be provided with the nursing application.


    Prior to applying for acceptance into the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing program an applicant must:

    1. Meet the general admission requirements as noted in the  Admissions Requirements (General) , and submit an application to Northeast State Community College.
    2. Be accepted by Northeast State Community College.
    3. Indicate the associate of applied science degree in Nursing as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
    4. Seek advisement from the student’s assigned nursing advisor to establish a program plan of study.
    5. Complete all required learning support courses prior to applying to the associate of applied science degree nursing program.
      • LPN to RN applicants must complete BIOL 2010: Anatomy and Physiology I; ENGL 1010: Composition I; PSYC 1030: General Psychology; and MATH 1530: Probability and Statistics prior to applying to the associate of applied science degree nursing program.
    6. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the associate of applied science degree nursing program.
    7. Assure all BIOL courses contain lecture and laboratory components and are obtained within ten years of first semester of NRSG coursework.
    8. Complete the required entrance test* with a minimum score in each of the following areas: English Language Comprehensive Score, Science Comprehensive Score, and Math. The minimum score is set by the Nursing Division. Completion date of the entrance exam must be within one year of applying to the program.
    9. Possess a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 after completing a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework required for the associate of applied science degree nursing program OR possess a minimum ACT score of 23 in each of the following areas: Math, Reading, Science, and English.
    10. Complete the Nursing Program Application process as described in “Applying to the A.A.S. Nursing Degree Program”. Submission of all requirements must be received by the established deadline date and time as a complete packet.
    11. Provide documentation to the Director of Nursing that the applicant is, with reasonable accommodation, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential job functions of a registered nurse as outlined in the Core Performance Standards of Admission and Progression adopted by the Tennessee Board of Regents institutions offering nursing programs.

    For those applying to the LPN to RN option, documentation of a current, active LPN license must be provided with the nursing application. 
    *Attend an Information Session in the Nursing Division for information regarding the entrance test required. 


    All students applying to Northeast State’s Nursing Programs must take the nursing entrance test, the  Admission Assessment (A2). For information about the A2 Study and Review Materials, the A2 test, and the A2 Registration form, click the link below:

    Registration and scheduling information is available at  www.NortheastState.edu/Testing.


    Typical Program of Study


    Semester 1


    Semester 2


    Semester 3


    Semester 4


    Total Credit Hours: 66


    Total Clinical Hours: 450


    Typical Program of Study


    Semester I Required Pre-Requisites


    Summer Semester II


    Fall Semester III


    Spring Semester IV


    Total Credit Hours: 66


    Total Clinical Hours: 360     


    The Associate degree nursing program at Northeast State Community College located in Blountville, TN is accredited by the: 

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
    Phone: 404.975.5000
    Web address: www.acenursing.org

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

    Northeast State Community College Nursing Program is fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

    Tennessee Board of Nursing 
    665 Mainstream Drive 
    Nashville, TN 37243 
    Telephone:
    1.615.532.5166 
    Web address:   https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/nursing-board/nursing-board/about.html

    Northeast State NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates:     
    2021 = 80.3%

    Northeast State Nursing Student Completion
    2021 Aggregate On Time Completion = 51.3%


    Johanna Neubrander, MSN, RN 
    Nursing Faculty, Director of Nursing 
    Northeast State Community College 
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 209 
    423.354.5106 
    jlneubrander@NortheastState.edu

    Laura R. Jones, MSN, RN 
    LPN to RN Program Coordinator, Nursing  
    Northeast State Community College  
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 213  
    423.354.5512  
    lrjones@NortheastState.edu 

    Cindy Welch, Nursing Administrative Assistant 
    Northeast State Community College 
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 210 
    423.354.5509 
    crwelch@northeaststate.edu

    Deborah Lawson, Nursing Secretary III 
    Northeast State Community College  
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 208  
    423.354.5108  
    dalawson@NortheastState.edu

    Amy Brown, MSN, RNC 
    Nursing Faculty, Assistant Professor 
    Northeast State Community College 
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 242  
    423.354.5503 
    albrown@NortheastState.edu  

    Sandra Hooker, MSN, RN 
    Nursing Faculty, Assistant Professor
    Northeast State Community College 
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 211 
    423.354.5123 
    sghooker@NortheastState.edu

    Kathleen J. Kinser, DNP, FNP-BC, RN
    Nursing Faculty, Instructor
    Northeast State Community College
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 213A
    423.354.5266
    kjkinser@northeaststate.edu

    Joy McLain, MSN, WHNP
    Nursing Faculty, Instructor
    Northeast State Community College
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 245
    423.354.5124
    jemclain@NortheastState.edu  

    Sandra Smith, MSN, RN
    Nursing Faculty, Instructor
    Northeast State Community College
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 221
    423.354.5514
    sjsmith@NortheastState.edu

    Erin Sommer, MSN, RN
    Nursing Faculty, Instructor
    Northeast State Community College
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 222
    423.354.2446
    ecsommer@NortheastState.edu

    Angel Rose BSN, RN
    Nursing Program Lab Assistant
    Northeast State Community College
    alrose@northeaststate.edu

    Liza Waldroupe, MSN, RN
    Nursing Faculty, Instructor
    Northeast State Community College
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 241
    423.354.5502
    lewaldroupe@NortheastState.edu

    S. Liberty Taylor, MSN, RN
    Nursing Faculty, Instructor
    Northeast State Community College
    Regional Center for Health Professions, Room 213A
    423.354.5239
    sltaylor@NortheastState.edu