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Application Deadlines
Fall semester deadline - February 1
Spring semester deadline - July 1
Summer semester deadline - December 1

Admissions Requirements

As stated in the ETSU Graduate Catalog, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in nursing  from a regionally accredited institution. In addition, the following materials must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies before an applicant will be considered for admission:

  • Payment of required non-refundable application fee.
  • A completed application form.
  • An official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • A completed personal essay form.

(For additional information concerning graduate admission of international students and other graduate admission policies, the please review the ETSU Graduate Catalog.)

In addition to the admission requirements from the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Nursing requires the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • A "B" average in the nursing major (3.00 on a 4.00 scale).
  • Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if GPA is less than a 3.2  cumulative GPA, as reported by their BSN institution.
  • Licensure in the United States as a registered nurse and eligibility for licensure in Tennessee.
  • Three (3) professional references should be included in the application packet (forms for this purpose are provided in the application). Applicants are encouraged to request references from individuals who can best assess one's potential for graduate study (e.g. previous nursing faculty, other master's prepared nurses).
  • Professional resume. 

Documentation of the above requirements must be included with the application materials and submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

Factors influencing the admission decision include the following:

  • Grade point average (GPA).
  • Level of GRE performance, if required
  • Professional work experience.
  • Demonstration of professional commitment through continuing education.
  • Professional honors and awards.
  • Writing ability.
  • Demonstrated interest in primary care in rural setting.
  • References which document potential for the academic program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to address their accomplishments in these areas in their essay and resume.

Application forms and general information concerning the graduate program are obtained from the School of Graduate Studies by writing:

East Tennessee State University
School of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 70720
Johnson City, TN 37614-0720

Core Performance Standards

Questions?  an advisor in the Office of Student Services. 

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