The bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) program prepares individuals to become Registered Nurses. After completing the BSN degree, individuals are qualified to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) following approval by the State Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, one holds the title of a Registered Nurse (RN) and may enter the healthcare industry as an RN.
The BSN RN is a generalist whose practice encompasses the interrelated roles of provider of care; designer/manager/coordinator of care; and member of a profession. “Nursing generalist practice includes both direct and indirect care for patients, which includes individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Nursing practice is built on nursing knowledge, theory, and research. In addition, nursing practice derives knowledge from a wide array of other fields and professions, adapting and applying this knowledge as appropriate to professional practice.” (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education-resources/BaccEssentials08.pdf)
The ETSU College of Nursing BSN curricula incorporates professional standards and guidelines based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008]. These Essentials reflect the core knowledge required of healthcare professionals and emphasizes patient-centered care, interprofessional teams, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety, informatics, clinical reasoning/critical thinking, genetics and genomics, cultural sensitivity, professionalism, and practice across the lifespan. By the end of the BSN program, the graduate will be able to:
NCLEX Pass Rate:
NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates:
2015-2016 = 88.0%
Accreditation and Approval
The ETSU College of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) which is part of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476
The ETSU College of Nursing BSN program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243
The ETSU College of Nursing BSN program offers eligible candidates membership in the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society.