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RN-BSN Curriculum

The RN to BSN program consists of nine nursing courses taught in 7 week sessions the fall and spring semesters. This allows for two terms the fall and spring semesters. The summer semester consists of one eight week term. Refer to Course Program Plans below for schedule of classes.


RN-BSN Courses (Online only)
NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology 4 Credits
NRSE 2030 Health Assessment 4 Credits
NRSE 3010 Pharmacology 3 Credits
NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice 3 Credits
NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing 3 Credits
NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research 3 Credits
NRSE 4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses 4 Credits
NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice* 3 Credits
NRSE 4062 RN Practicum** 5 Credits

*NRSE 4620 OPTIONAL for All Course Program Plans – this course can be taken during Winter Session; mid-December thru mid-January         

**NRSE 4062 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).

This schedule is subject to revision at any time.  This schedule reflects only the required upper-division nursing courses.  Students needing General Education classes may be required to enroll in additional terms.

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

Course Program Plans:

The following Course Program Plans are based upon the semester in which a participant starts the program.  Courses are divided into optional plans of two, three, five, and nine semesters.     

Articulation Agreement 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 per the articulation agreement with designated community colleges;  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.

Articulation Agreement Credits will be applied toward the BSN degree.

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. Credit may be earned by taking the courses from regionally accredited institutions. 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 for more information. 

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:

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.

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.  Graduates of ETSU must complete their last semester of courses through ETSU. 


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

Questions?  an advisor in the Office of Student Services. 

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