RN-BSN Curriculum

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 ( grooms@etsu.edu or 423.439.4528), academic advisor in the College of Nursing  for additional information. 

RN to BSN Program Plans - Effective Fall 2015


Three Semester Plan

Semester One - Fall

  • NRSE3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice = 3 credits
  • NRSE2030 Health Assessment = 4 credits
  • NRSE2016 Pathophysiology = 4 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 11

Semester Two - Spring

  • NRSE4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses = 4 credits
  • NRSE3525 Health Promotion and Research = 3 credits (Math 1530 is a prerequisite for 3525) 
  • NRSE3010 Pharmacology = 3 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 10

Semester Three - Summer

  • NRSE3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing = 3 credits
  • *NRSE4620 Leadership and Professional Practice = 3 credits
  • NRSE4062 RN Practicum = 5 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 11

Optional Fall Semester - Fall

  • NRSE4062 RN Practicum = 5 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 5

TOTAL CREDITS=32

*NRSE 4620 can be taken during winter session; mid-December thru-mid January (full-time or part-time plan)


Five Semester Plan

Semester One - Fall

  • NRSE3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice = 3 credits
  • NRSE2016 Pathophysiology = 4 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 7

Semester Two - Spring

  • NRSE2030 Health Assessment = 4 credits
  • NRSE3010 Pharmacology = 3 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 7

Semester Three - Summer

  • NRSE4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses = 4 credits
    NRSE3525 Health Promotion and Research = 3 credits (Math 1530 is a prerequisite for 3525) 
  • TOTAL CREDITS = 7

Semester Four - Fall

  • NRSE3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing = 3 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 3

Semester Five - Spring

  • *NRSE4620 Leadership and Professional Practice = 3 credits (January through May)
  • NRSE4062 RN Practicum = 5 credits
    TOTAL CREDITS = 8

TOTAL CREDITS=32

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

**NOTE:  General education courses will be determined through the individualized program plan.

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

   for the proficiency exam. 

**NOTE: RN Practicum consists of a change project and individual clinical requirement assessment and is offered each semester.

*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. 

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


Chat with an Advisor

To schedule an appointment with an Advisor please contact:

OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES

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

Program Coordinator:  

RN-BSN Advisor: , 423-439-4528



Transfer of College Credit and University General Education Requirements

All nursing courses in which a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher was earned will be transferred as elective courses and will count as elective credit in partial fulfillment of the B.S.N. degree requirements. Non-nursing credits are transferred and evaluated according to the policies of East Tennessee State University.

Up to 45 hours of General Education Courses may be required, depending on courses transferred from other institutions.  These courses must be completed in order to fulfill university and/or CoN requirements for the BSN degree.  The BSN degree is a 120 semester-hour program.  Additionally: 

  • Students must satisfy a residency requirement of not less than two semesters during the junior and senior years, including the last full semester for a minimum of 30 hours. Not less than 12 semester hours may be counted as a semester of residence. Courses taken at ETSU off-campus centers are classified as residence credit.
  • A minimum of 50 semester hours of credit must have be completed in senior-level college or university. This includes RN-BSN 33 semester credits; these 32 credits will partially fulfill the university requirement of 50 semester credits having been completed in a senior-level college or institution. Therefore, an additional 18 semester credits must be completed at a senior-level college or university.

    Click here for a downloadable copy of the requirements.



Questions?  an advisor in the Office of Student Services. 

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