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The ETSU/HVMC Accelerated BSN program is a collaborative educational effort between the ETSU College of Nursing and Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. Students participate in one of the quickest routes to licensure, while working within a clinical setting. The BSN degree is awarded after successful completion of all nursing course work qualifying you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

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Program Quick Facts

  • Takes five (5) semesters to complete
  • Students are admitted in fall and spring semesters and attend classes during the summer session as well
  • Clinical experiences within one of the largest health systems in the region
  • In addition to wellness and prevention, emphasis is placed upon clinical leadership, evidence-based nursing practice and culturally relevant care

 

Students are admitted to a specific program location and may not switch or mix locations without special permission.

Kingsport BSN enrollment is by permit only. If you are a Kingsport BSN student needing a permit for a course, please contact Scott Vaughn ().

All other main campus BSN student registration issues should be referred to Natalie Honeycutt ().

RN-BSN students should contact Matt Johnson ()

 

Curriculum
Course Name/Number Course Hours
First Semester  
NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology for Nursing 4
NRSE 2020 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3
NRSE 2310 Communication for Hlth Prof 2
NRSE 2350 Patient Centered Care 1 3
NRSE 2351 Patient Centered Care 1 Practicum 4
Total 16
Second Semester  
NRSE 3010 Pharmacology for Nursing 3
NRSE 3350 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Systems 2
NRSE 3500 Patient Centered Care 2  3
NRSE 3501 Patient Centered Care 2 Practicum 3
NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research 3
Total 14
Third Semester  
NRSE 3090 Care of Persons with Mental Illness 3
NRSE 3091 Care of Persons with Mental Illness Practicum 2
NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing  3
NRSE 3540 Adult Care 1 3
NRSE 3541 Adult Care 1 Practicum 4
Total 15
Fourth Semester  
NRSE 4550 Adult Care 2  3
NRSE 4551 Adult Care 2 Practicum 3
NRSE 4561 Clinical Care for Women, Childbearing Families, and Children 4
NRSE 4570 Childbearing Families and Reproductive Health 3
NRSE 4580 Child Health Nursing 3
Total 16
Fifth Semester  
NRSE 4610 Adult Care 3 3
NRSE 4611Adult Care 3 Practicum 4
NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice 3
NRSE 4621 Professional Practice Practicum  4
Total 14
Total BSN Hours 72

 

Admissions Criteria

Students must be admitted to East Tennessee State University by the nursing application deadline dates. Since admission to the university can take several weeks, students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the nursing deadlines. Consideration for the nursing major cannot be guaranteed if full admission to the university has not been obtained.

1. Students must be in progress or have completed all ETSU General Education courses* (or equivalent from a Transfer Institution) including the 4 Nursing Pre-requisite classes:  Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with labs), Intro to Microbiology (with lab), and Probability and Statistics. At least 3 of the 4 pre-requisite math/science classes must be  completed  prior to the application deadline.

Students with  greater than 2 unsuccessful attempts  to complete all required pre-requisite math/science courses will be  ineligible for admission to the College of Nursing .  Grades below a “C” (C-, D+, D, and F) are considered unsuccessful attempts.

* Students with completed Bachelor’s degrees are exempt from taking General Education Requirements (by virtue of the completed degree) but must complete the four pre-requisite math/science courses or equivalents with at least 3 of the 4 completed prior to the application deadline.

*Transfer students are responsible for making sure courses taken at other institutions are equivalent to ETSU General Education courses. For further information about transfer equivalency, go to http://www.etsu.edu/articulation/equivalencies.aspx . For a list of ETSU General Education requirements go to: http://catalog.etsu.edu/content.php?catoid=21&navoid=1106

2. A minimum cumulative College Level GPA of 2.6 as computed by East Tennessee State University (excluding developmental coursework) is required.

3. Students must apply to the College of Nursing using the Centralized Application System (Nursing CAS).  Official Transcripts from all colleges attended (including dual enrollment during high school) must be sent to CAS.  Transfer students must also apply for General Admission to ETSU.  This should be done well in advance of the application deadline. Detailed instructions and information are available at: http://www.etsu.edu/nursing/prenursing/admissions.php

4. Applicants must submit (electronically) all scores from the TEAS standardized entrance exam. The TEAS may be taken twice within a two year period, but not twice in the same semester.  Scores are valid for two years.  Information about scheduling and preparing for the TEAS can be found at www.atitesting.com

5. ETSU College of Nursing does NOT require references, a personal statement or professional experience for admission.

6. Pre-Admission to the BSN Program (begins Fall 2017): First Time Freshmen admitted to ETSU with a high school GPA of 3.5 or above AND an ACT composite score of 29 or higher, or an SAT composite of 1350 and maintain an ETSU overall GPA of 3.2 or higher will be guaranteed admission to the nursing major. Students must complete the College of Nursing Application process and meet all other established admissions criteria. 

7. Applicants are ranked by a point system which includes 100 possible points in 4 areas: Overall GPA, Math/Science Nursing Pre-requisite GPA, Adjusted Individual Total Score, and Adjusted Individual Reading section score of the TEAS for a total of 400 possible points.  Applicants are admitted in point order.

 Download Ranking System (pdf)

 

OVERALL GPA *

100 Points Available

Includes all college level courses

 

Overall GPA Ranges

Admissions Points

3.8-4.0

100

3.6-3.79

90

3.4-3.59

80

3.2-3.39

70

3.0-3.19

60

2.8-2.99

50

2.6-2.79

40

<2.6

 

 

MATH/SCIENCE GPA**

100 Points Available

GPA includes Nursing Pre-requisites only (A&P I,II, Micro, & Prob/Stats)

*At least 3 must be completed 1 can be in progress*

 

Math/Science GPA Ranges

Admissions Points

3.8-4.0

100

3.6-3.79

90

3.4-3.59

80

3.2-3.39

70

3.0-3.19

60

2.8-2.99

50

2.6-2.79

40

2.2-2.59

20

2.0-2.19

10

<2

0

 

TEAS POINTS***

200 Points Available

Total (all 4 sections): 100   Reading section only: 100

 

TOTAL SCORE

READING

Adjusted individual Total score

= number of points earned.

Adjusted individual Reading score

= number of points earned

   

*A Total Score below 50 earns

0 points

*A Score below 50 earns

0 points

Application Process & Selection

Please note that the method for receiving applications to Traditional, LPN-BSN and Accelerated programs has changed. We have moved to a Centralized Application Service that is available nationally to nursing programs and which is sponsored by our accrediting agency. The cost to apply is $45. Please read the Nursing CAS Application Instructions very carefully BEFORE you click the link to apply to our program.)

Students with questions about the admissions or selection processes are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Office of Student Services.

Questions? .

Application Deadlines

October 1 for program beginning Spring Semester - Online application available after March 15 until deadline date.

February 1 for program beginning Fall Semester - Online application available after November 1 until deadline date.

To receive full consideration, students must be admitted to East Tennessee State University by the nursing application deadline dates. Since admission to the university can take several weeks, students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the nursing deadlines. Consideration for the nursing major cannot be guaranteed if full admission to the university has not been obtained.

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FAQs
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  1. How long does the program take to complete?Answer
  2. When is the application deadline?Answer
  3. When does the program begin?Answer
  4. How many students do you accept?Answer
  5. What are the four Pre-requisite classes that need to be completed?Answer
  6. Can I take the pre-requisite classes online or at a community college?Answer
  7. My pre-requisites are older than five years, or ten years. Do I need to re-take them?Answer
  8. Do all four of the pre-requisites need to be completed when I apply?Answer
  9. Do I still need to take the TEAS even though I already have a Bachelor’s Degree?Answer
  10. Is the program offered online, part time or nights/weekends?Answer
  11. Can I work and be successful in the program?Answer
  12. Do I need to have shadowing experience to be eligible to apply?Answer
  13. Do I need to provide letters of recommendation for the application process?Answer
  14. Do you conduct interviews as part of the application process?Answer
  15. What is the difference between the traditional program and the accelerated program?Answer
  16. When will I be notified about acceptance to the program?Answer
  17. What is the cost of the program?Answer
  18. Is financial aid or scholarship money available?Answer

How long does the program take to complete?

Five (5) semesters including summer semester/s. Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center/ETSU Partnership Accelerated BSN program always begins fall or spring semester and ends a year and half later


When is the application deadline?

October 1 for program beginning Spring Semester - Online application available after March 15 until deadline date.

February 1 for program beginning Fall Semester - Online application available after November 1 until deadline date.

To receive full consideration, students must be admitted to East Tennessee State University by the nursing application deadline dates. Since admission to the university can take several weeks, students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the nursing deadlines. Consideration for the nursing major cannot be guaranteed if full admission to the university has not been obtained.


When does the program begin?

There are two cohort start dates each academic year: one in mid-August, which is our Fall Semester and the other in mid-January which is our Spring Semester.


How many students do you accept?

30 students out of approximately 150-200 applicants


What are the four Pre-requisite classes that need to be completed?

Two Anatomy and Physiology classes with labs. These can either be Anatomy and Physiology I and II OR a course in Human Anatomy and a course in Human Physiology. One Microbiology with lab: Introduction to Microbiology or General Microbiology course and one Statistics class. Many students take Probability and Statistics or Introduction to Statistics, but we also accept Statistics for any of the Social Sciences, Biostatistics, or any class that includes a large statistical emphasis. Also courses in Virology or Bacteriology can substitute for Microbiology. Providing a catalog course description is helpful for determining whether classes fulfill the requirement.


Can I take the pre-requisite classes online or at a community college?

Yes, they can be taken at any accredited college or university, including accredited online programs.


My pre-requisites are older than five years, or ten years. Do I need to re-take them?

No. Pre-requisite classes do not “expire” although we recommend that the student has competent recall of the material, and suggest re-taking them if you do not feel confident about your grasp of the material.


Do all four of the pre-requisites need to be completed when I apply?

At least THREE out of the 4 classes need to be completed. You can have one pre-requisite course in progress when you apply. There are no exceptions to this requirement.


Do I still need to take the TEAS even though I already have a Bachelor’s Degree?

Yes. No one is exempt from the TEAS admission requirement. It is part of the admission score. The GRE is not accepted as an alternate test. For more information about the TEAS, go to www.atitesting.com


Is the program offered online, part time or nights/weekends?

No. The Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center/ETSU Partnership Accelerated BSN program is on ground full time only.


Can I work and be successful in the program?

We strongly discourage working and enrolling in the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center/ETSU Partnership Accelerated BSN program. Some students work part time in a health care related field, and are successful, but ideally, you should plan to be work free for the 18 months of the program.


Do I need to have shadowing experience to be eligible to apply?

No. However, we do encourage students to be sure that they understand what is involved in a nursing career before investing time and money into pre-requisite classes.


Do I need to provide letters of recommendation for the application process?

No. We evaluate applicants according to objective criteria only: Overall GPA, Pre-requisite courses GPA, TEAS Overall Adjusted Individual Score, and TEAS Reading Adjusted Individual Score. Each one of the 4 criteria is worth up to 100 points, for a possible maximum of 400 points. Please see admission criteria above.


Do you conduct interviews as part of the application process?

No. Please see answer to question 16.


What is the difference between the traditional program and the accelerated program?

Both programs are five (5) semesters; however, accelerated programs attend summer semesters for earlier degree completion.


When will I be notified about acceptance to the program?

We evaluate all applications after the February 1 deadline, and letters concerning the admission decision are usually sent out the first week of March. We do not have a Waiting List designation, however if accepted students decline their spaces, we will admit additional students in point order.


What is the cost of the program?

ETSU charges per credit hour, so each semester will cost a different amount. There are also course fees, books and supplies that add to the cost. To calculate the approximate tuition (either in state or out of state) go to https://www.etsu.edu/bf/bursar/tuitioninfo/calendar.php to see the cost per credit hour.


Is financial aid or scholarship money available?

We suggest that you talk with a financial aid counselor about your individual qualifications for federal student aid. There are scholarships offered through the College of Nursing. There are no “full ride” scholarships available to any student through the College of Nursing.


Program Contacts
Frannie Miller

 

Frannie Miller

Pre-Nursing Advisor
Contact:
423-439-4578 /
Nicks Hall, Office of Student Services

 

Scott Vaughn

 

Scott Vaughn

Director of Student Services
Contact:
423-439-4578 /
Nicks Hall, Office of Student Services
Accreditation and Approval

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing at East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.  

http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation

 

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
Telephone 1.615.532.5166
https://tn.gov/health/topic/nursing-board

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. 

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Please note that the method for receiving applications to Traditional, LPN-BSN, and Accelerated programs has changed. We have moved to a Centralized Application Service that is available nationally to nursing programs and which is sponsored by our accrediting agency. The cost to apply is $45. Please read the Nursing CAS Application Instructions very carefully BEFORE you click the link to apply to our program.

 

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