RN-BSN Fall Admission Criteria

Deadlines 

  • Spring Semester - December 15 ( Note: Applications will continue to be accepted after this date pending availability.)

  • Summer Semester - April 15 ( Note: Applications will continue to be accepted after this date pending availability.)

  • Fall Semester - August 1 ( Note: Applications will continue to be accepted after this date pending availability.)

Admissions Criteria

  1. Apply and be fully admitted to the university for the intended term of entry.  If you have been accepted at ETSU previously, complete and submit the Readmit Form to the university.  Refer to the Application Process below.

  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.60 on a 4.0 scale (on all college level course work).  Developmental studies grades/quality points will not be used in the calculation for the cumulative GPA for admission purposes.

  3. Completed or have in progress the following Math/Science courses (or equivalents): 
    1. HSCI 2010/2011 Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab
    2. HSCI 2020/2021 Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab
    3. HSCI 2230/2231 Intro to Microbiology w/lab
    4. MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics

  4. Earned a minimum of a “C” (2.0) in each of the required Natural Science courses and Math 1530 course:
    1. Only 2 of the HSCI and MATH 1530 courses may be repeated to achieve a “C” (2.0)

  5. Graduate from an NLN accredited registered nurse diploma or associate degree program, hospital diploma graduates and graduates of non-NLN-accredited associate degree programs must also present a minimum of 35 semester hours of college credits.  Coursework must include:  English composition – 6 semester credits; Natural Science – 8 semester credits; Social/Behavioral sciences – 6 semester credits; General education/electives – 9 semester credits.  Credit may be earned by taking the courses from a regionally, accredited institutions.

  6. Unencumbered RN Licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of TN or a compact state.

Application Process   

There are 2 applications to the program:

  1. Apply to the ETSU, click here.  Please apply as a Transfer Student and select Pre-Nursing (Pre-BSN) as your major.  Request ALL college and university transcripts, and your high school transcript (if you graduated High School Fall 1989 or after) be sent to ETSU.  If you have been accepted at ETSU previously, please complete the online Re-admit Form to the university. Request all updated transcripts be sent to ETSU.  You do not pay the admission fee, again.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the Admissions Office regarding university acceptance (423-439-4213).  Admitted students will be classified as Pre-BSN students until they are accepted into our program.  The College of Nursing will change the status to BSN when accepted.  However, Pre-BSN status does not guarantee admission to the RN-BSN major.

  2. Submit the nursing application through NursingCAS.org.  (3.0 version)  Select RN to BSN Program.  Please submit college and university transcripts to NursingCAS.org.  You can apply to ETSU and NursingCAS in the same time frame.  The College of Nursing will accept RN to BSN applications for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.  References are not needed for this application process.  NursingCAS application fee is $45.00.  Please refer to their site regarding application requirements and questions. 

Semester Deadlines to Apply:

  • Spring – December 15
  • Summer – April 15
  • Fall – August 1

NOTE:

  • Attach copy of in-process schedule (if attending another institution or in progress of completing ADN program)
  • List RN license number and state of issuance
  • ADN graduates- Students sitting for licensing exam (but do not have results) should attach a copy of NCLEX registration as proof of eligibility for licensure

 Transfer of Nursing College credits:  All nursing courses, in which a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher was earned, will be transferred in as nursing electives.  Nursing courses, in which a grade of “C-“ or less was earned, are considered nursing failures. Please contact the Office of Student Services regarding the nursing failure policies and procedures.

 


Selection Process:

Students are ranked according to a points-system that includes:

  1. Overall GPA (excluding developmental coursework) * - 100 points available 
  2. Math-Science Requirements GPA (at least 3 of 4 courses must be complete upon application with remainder in progress and completed by end of term)** - 100 points available

200 Total points are available.

 


Admission points breakdown:

OVERALL GPA* - 100 Points Available

  • GPA 3.8 to 4.0 = 100 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.6 to 3.79 = 90 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.4 to 3.59 = 80 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.2 to 3.39 = 70 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.0 to 3.19 = 60 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.8 to 2.99 = 50 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.6 to 2.79 = 40 Admissions Points
  • GPA of less than 2.6 = 0 points

OVERALL GPA** - 100 Points Available

  • GPA 3.8 to 4.0 = 100 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.6 to 3.79 = 90 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.4 to 3.59 = 80 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.2 to 3.39 = 70 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.0 to 3.19 = 60 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.8 to 2.99 = 50 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.6 to 2.79 = 40 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.2 to 2.59 = 20 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.0 to 2.19 = 10 Admissions Points
  • GPA of less than 2.0 = 0 points

Also required:

General Education and Proficiency Intensive Courses will be required to graduate from ETSU with the BSN Degree.  Transfer students who have 50 or more transferable credit hours or have an Associate of Science Degree from a TBR institution are exempt from the additional Writing Intensive Course general education requirement.  

East Tennessee State University is fully in accord with the belief that educational and employment opportunities should be available to all persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, religion, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

**NOTE:  General education courses can be determined through individual program planning at orientation.

**NOTE:  Students who enroll in and successfully complete CSCI 1100 will receive college credit.  College credits are not awarded for the proficiency exam. 

Questions?  For additional information contact in the Office of Student Services by email or at 423.439.4528.

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