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RN-BSN Dual Degree Admission Criteria, General Education & Deadline

Open Application Date

January 1st - April 15th


Admissions Criteria

  • Must be enrolled in an NLN accredited registered nurse diploma or associate degree program.

  • Must be fully admitted to ETSU prior to classes starting. A delay in applying to the university may delay acceptance into the RN to BSN program.

  • Must make a separate application to the College of Nursing by the deadline date and present a minimum 2.60 college grade point average (GPA), on all college-level course work.  Developmental studies grades/quality points will not be used in the calculation of the GPA for admission purposes.

  • Must have earned a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in each required math, science, health science and nursing course. No more than two science/health science courses may have been repeated, and only one science/health science course may have been repeated more than once in order to achieve a minimum grade of "C" (2.0).


Selection Process

  • Eligible Dual Degree RN/BSN students will be admitted for the Summer semester

  • Eligible applicants will be rank ordered by college level grade point average; admission will be offered to the top ranked applicants and may be limited by space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.

  • Eligible applicants who are not admitted must re-apply.


University General Education Requirements and Transfer of Nursing College Credit  

The university requires all students to satisfy general education courses toward their bachelor’s degree.  These may be completed online and concurrently with the BSN courses.  The General Education Curriculum Sheet  gives students choices when selecting courses to fulfill this requirement.  All courses transferred to ETSU will be analyzed regarding fulfillment of required general education courses.  

Coursework must include:
Course work completed prior to graduation must include 45–48 semester hours of college credits: English composition – 6 semester credits; Natural Sciences – 12 semester credits; Behavioral/Social sciences – 6 semester credits; General Education/electives – 9 semester credits; Mathematics – 3 semester credits; History – 6 semester credits; Oral communication – 3 semester credits; Using Information Technology (CSCI 1100) – 0-3 semester credits.

Students who enroll in and successfully complete the required CSCI 1100 computer course will receive college credit.  College credit is not awarded for the CSCI 1100 proficiency exam.  CSCI 1100 must be satisfied before 30 credit hours have been attempted at ETSU.  Please visit www.etsu.edu/uit for more information. General education courses can be determined through individual program planning at orientation.  Graduates of ETSU must complete their last semester of courses through ETSU.

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 College of Nursing Office of Student Services regarding the nursing failure policies and procedures. 

The RN to BSN Academic Advisor can help you determine any general education courses needed for the degree.  These courses can be taken online through ETSU while in the nursing program.  General education courses can be determined through individual program planning per orientation.  Graduates of ETSU must complete their last semester of courses through ETSU.

Students should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for specific requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

ETSU requires all students to have 50 credit hours from a senior-level (4 year) college or institution which includes transfer courses from a senior level institution.  The RN/BSN major requires completion of 32 semester credits which will partially fulfill the university requirement of 50 semester credits.  Therefore, an additional 18 semester credits must be completed at a senior-level college or university, ETSU or any other 4 year institution.  Refer to Articulation Agreement Credits for eligibility of additional credit given for senior institution credit/BSN degree.


Articulation Agreements Credits

Associate RN degree graduates upon successful completion of NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice and NRSE 2030 Health Assessment will be awarded 8 – 12 articulation course credits at articulation agreement community college locations;  Asheville-Buncombe, Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, Mayland, Mountain Empire, Northeast State, Pellissippi State, Roane State, Southwest Virginia, Virginia Highlands, and Walters State. 

Hospital diploma graduates or graduates of non-NLN accredited associate degree programs upon successful completion of NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice and NRSE 2030 Health Assessment will be awarded 42 semester credits in nursing.


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

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