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

Full-time option

Fall

NRSE 2030 Health Assessment* 4
NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology:  Concepts of Disease 4
NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice* 1

Spring

NRSE 3220 Nursing Research and Theory 3
NRSE 3010 Pharmacology for Nursing 3
NRSE 4110 Population-Based Nursing Care I 3
Summer

NRSE 4120 Population-Based Nursing Care I 3
NRSE 4060 Transition to Professional Practice 3
NRSE 4062 RN Practicum** 8

Part-Time Option
Fall

NRSE 2030 Health Assessment* 4
NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice* 1

Spring

NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology 4
NRSE 4110 Population Based Nursing Care I 3

Summer

NRSE 4120 Population Based Nursing Care I 3
NRSE 3010 Pharmacology 3

Fall

NRSE 3220 Nursing Theory and Research 3
NRSE 4060 Transition to Professional Practice 3

Spring

NRSE 4062 RN Practicum** 8

*Students graduating from a Community College where ETSU has an Articulation Agreement will receive eight (8) semester hours credit upon successful completion of NRSE 2030 & NRSE 3200.

**RN Practicum requires 120 hours (60 hours clinical and 60 hours leadership). Students who have worked as a RN for longer than 1 year will have the clinical hours waived. Leadership hours will be completed with preceptor in the student's cohort area.

Note: Students who enroll in and succesfully complete CSCI 1100 will receive college credit.  College credits are not rewarded for the proficiency exam.



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.