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Welcome to ETSU's College of Nursing

Excellence Every Day in Nursing Education, Research, and Practice

The College of Nursing is a leader in nursing education at bachelor, masters and doctoral levels and nationally recognized for its nurse-managed health centers, rural focus, interdisciplinary programs, and community partnerships.

A History of Achievement & Recognition

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Home to one of the largest Nursing Programs in the state of Tennessee

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Highly qualified Faculty serve our Students

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We operate 9 Nurse-Led Clinics in rural Northeast Tennessee

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Our flagship Johnson City Community Health Center received PCMH recognition from NCQA.

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Named as the 17th most affordable online Master's in Nursing Administration by

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Named as one of the Most Affordable Online Colleges in the nation for the Nurse Practitioner Degree Program by SR Education Group

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Named as a 2018 Top 100 DNP Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

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The only Graduate Online Nursing Degree Program ranked in the Top 100 in the State of Tennessee by US News & World Report in 2018

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 Ranked as the 5th most affordable nursing degree in the state of Tennessee


ETSU-TTU Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

East Tennessee State University and Tennessee Technological University are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the new online/blended Joint Doctor of Nursing Practice Program to include the following concentrations:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Executive Leadership

Applications for Fall 2017 admission to the ETSU-TTU Joint DNP Program will be accepted until August 15, 2017


On October 18-20, 2017, the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University will have an on-site evaluation by a team from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) as a part of our continuing accreditation process. The College is now seeking CCNE accreditation of its BSN (including RN-BSN), DNP, and Post-DNP Certificate Programs.  

As a party affected by the performance and outcomes of the College of Nursing, you are being notified of the scheduled accreditation visit and being given the opportunity to provide input into the deliberations of the evaluation team. Your written and signed comments will be accepted by CCNE until September 27, 2017. You should direct your comments to CCNE at the address below:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

The Baccalaureate and DNP programs at East Tennessee State University's College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). (


acen logoWhile the MSN program was fully accredited as part of the Tennessee eCampus, the change in governance requires a “substantive change” review by the accrediting organization, ACEN, to confirm continued accreditation.  There is not a “loss of accreditation” of the program, but accreditation status must be verified for the accrediting agency to affirm our accreditation status. We will receive that decision on or around February 1, 2018.

Regulatory requirements governing student clinicals vary by state and are subject to change. Clinical placement outside of Tennessee is contingent upon approval by the appropriate regulatory bodies and will be evaluated on an individual basis upon admission to the program. Currently, placement in North Carolina and Virginia is allowed.


NCLEX-RN First-Attempt Pass Rates

The National Council Licensure Examination, (NCLEX)-RN is the nationally recognized exam for the licensing of Registered Nurses. After graduation from ETSU College of Nursing one takes the NCLEX-RN and upon successful completion receives his/her Registered Nurse licensure.

NCLEX-RN First-Attempt Pass Rates:  
2015-2016 = 88.0%





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