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RN-BSN Curriculum

Effective Fall 2016

Students are subject to university General Education Requirements.  These may be completed online and concurrently with the BSN courses.  Students must also satisfy computer proficiency by taking either the examination or CSCI 1100.  Please contact Janelle Grooms ( or 423.439.4528), academic advisor in the College of Nursing  for additional information. 

CURRICULUM (RN-BSN Online Nursing Courses):


  • NRSE2016 Pathophysiology = 4 credits
  • NRSE2030 Health Assessment = 4 credits
  • NRSE3010 Pharmacology = 3 credits
  • NRSE3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice = 3 credits
  • NRSE3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing = 3 credits
  • NRSE3525 Health Promotion and Research = 3 credits (Math 1530 is a prerequisite for 3525)
  • NRSE4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses = 4 credits
  • NRSE4620 Leadership and Professional Practice** = 3 credits
  • NRSE4062 RN Practicum*** = 5 credits


12+ Credit hours is full-time at the university level at ETSU.

*This schedule is subject to revision at any time.  New “cohorts” of students form each fall at Johnson City, Kingsport, Sevierville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Cleveland, TN.  Note:  This schedule reflects only the required upper-division nursing courses.  Students needing General Education and required non-nursing classes may be required to enroll in additional terms.

**NRSE4620 can be taken during winter session (W0 section); mid-December thru mid-January         

***RN Practicum consists of a change project and individual clinical requirement assessment. The practicum is offered each semester and can only be taken the last semester of nursing course(s).

NOTE:  General education courses will be determined through the individualized program plan. Students who enroll in and successfully complete CSCI 1100 will receive college credit.  College credits are not awarded for the proficiency exam. 

Please contact the RN to BSN advisor, Office of Student Services in the College of Nursing for further admission information and to assist you in developing your plan of study.

For additional information, visit the College of Nursing website. Click Here


Below is a list of when courses are offered by semester and term. 


1st Term (7weeks)

  • NRSE2030 Health Assessment
  • NRSE3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice
  • NRSE3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing

2nd Term (7weeks)

  • NRSE2016 Pathophysiology
  • NRSE3525 Health Promotion and Research
  • NRSE4062 RN Practicum


1st Term (7weeks)

  • NRSE3010 Pharmacology
  • NRSE4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses
  • NRSE4620 Leadership and Professional Practice

2nd Term (7weeks)

  • NRSE3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice
  • NRSE3525 Health Promotion and Research
  • NRSE4062 RN Practicum


(Single 8week term)

  • NRSE2016 Pathophysiology
  • NRSE2030 Health Assessment
  • NRSE3010 Pharmacology
  • NRSE3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing
  • NRSE4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses
  • NRSE4620 Leadership and Professional Practice
  • NRSE4062 RN Practicum



The following Program Plans are based upon the semester in which you start and are broken up into two, three, five, and nine semester plans. 

OPTIONAL for All Plans *NRSE4620 can be taken during Winter Session (W0 section); mid-December thru mid-January          


Chat with an Advisor

To schedule an appointment with an Advisor please contact:


423-439-4578 or 1-888-376-8773

Program Coordinator:  

RN-BSN Advisor: , 423-439-4528

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.  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:  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 regionally accredited institutions.

ETSU requires all students to have 50 credit hours from a senior-level (4 year) college or institution.  The RN/BSN major requires completion of 32 semester credits; these 32 credits 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.

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.  For additional information regarding the selection process for the College of Nursing, please visit:

Also required:

General Education will be required to graduate from ETSU with the BSN Degree.  Your RN to BSN Advisor can help you determine any general education courses you need for the degree.  These courses can be taken online through ETSU while in the nursing program.  Please check with your Advisor regarding your specific requirement needs.  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 for more information. 

Students should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for specific requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Graduates of ETSU must complete their last semester of courses through ETSU. 

Note: Select RN to BSN nursing courses have intensives included in them

Questions?  an advisor in the Office of Student Services. 

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