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MSN Degree Program


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a collaborative effort among Colleges of Nursing in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to educate nurses and fill nursing shortages in the health care industry.  Links below will take you to the website for specific program information.  Click here for the main information page.   

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall:  Early Application Deadline-February 1; Final Deadline-April 1

  • Spring:  Early Application Deadline-July 1; Final Deadline-August 1

  • Summer:  Early Application Deadline-December 1; Final Deadline-February 1

Please note that, beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, the College of Nursing will no longer admit applicants provisionally pending the completion of certain admission requirements.  All applicants must have an unencumbered RN license and an earned bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

Admission Requirements:

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed.
  2. An earned Bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course.
  4. Graduate school TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score as required by your TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.

    School TOEFL Paper-based score Internet-based score Computer-based score
    APSU 500 or 61 or 173
    ETSU > 550 or 79 or 231
    MTSU > 525 or 71 or 195
    TSU > 500 or 61 or 173
    TTU > 500 n/a n/a
    UOM > 550 or n/a 210
  5. Submission of all application documentation required by the Graduate School at the home campus to which the student is referred. Application requirements will vary slightly among the six TBR universities. Required documentation may include a resume or CV; a discussion of prior professional experience; future career goals; reasons for pursuing graduate study; and recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.

Requirements for the RN with a BSN degree: completion of the BSN.

Requirements for the RN with a BA/BS non-nursing degree: completion of the following 12 units RN/MSN nursing bridge sequence: NURS 4210 Healthcare Research; NURS 4211 Nursing Leadership and Management; NURS 4212 Trends and Issues in Nursing and Healthcare; NURS 4213 Community Health Nursing. RN to MSN graduates will not be awarded the BSN degree.


All candidates must apply to the TN eCampus and ETSU as the home school. Information on the TN eCampus admissions procedure and the TN eCampus application can be found here.The ETSU application for admission may be submitted online at A printable application can also be obtained at this site. To request a paper application, contact the School of Graduate Studies at (423) 439-4221.

The application and all materials should be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Once the application file is complete, it will be forwarded to the College of Nursing and reviewed by the admissions committee. Applicants will be notified by mail of the admission decision.

Notice: 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.

Questions?  email Amy Bower ( ) in the Office of Student Services. 

Post-Masters Certificates

The Post Master's graduate certificate is a degree level that is intermediate between the Master's degree and the doctorate. It is an option designed to provide individuals who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree or Master of Science in a field of nursing with the core courses and clinical experiences necessary for national exam eligibility. In your continuing education pursuit, the Post Master's certificate provides a systematic and unified way to achieve your goals.

ETSU offers three Post Master's degree certificates:

  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner
    • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for Master's-prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. To be eligible for the certification exam, students must "successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a Master's nurse practitioner program through a formal Master's level Nurse Practitioner program in the desired area of practice." The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second Master's degree.
  • Post Master's Nursing Administration
    • The Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration provides a flexible learning environment and a highly individualized experience for students who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree in another specialty. Through this program, students will gain a strong foundation in complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice.
  • Post Master's Nursing Education
    • The Nursing Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to meet established nurse educator competencies in one of five advanced clinical focus areas: Adult Health Nursing; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing. Students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and internalize values needed for success as a nurse educator in areas such as:
      • Teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program
      • Continuing education for clinical staff
      • Patient education

    • A firm foundation in teaching/learning principles, curriculum/program development and evaluation, methods to evaluate learning, and implementation of the educator role prepares graduates to assume these responsibilities with competence and confidence.
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