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Designed for the Licensed Practical Nurse, our LPN-BSN program consists of five semesters of major courses after completing university core requirements. Become an LPN-BSN major by enrolling at ETSU as a pre-nursing major, changing majors, or transferring to ETSU from another college or university after completion of a successful application to the program. Part-time and full-time options are available, and some college credit may be awarded toward the BSN degree based on knowledge gained from the student's LPN program.

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Program Quick Facts

  • Bachelors prepared nurses have a stronger knowledge base and a broader education
  • A Bachelor’s degree provides many opportunities for career advancement
  • Continue your education post-graduation/pursue your MSN, DNP, or PhD


 

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 ()

 

Program Details

Program Curriculum
Course Name/Number Course Hours
First Semester - Freshman  
ENGL 1010 Critical Reading and Expository Writing 3
MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics 3
HSCI 2010/11 Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab 4
HIST 2010 U.S. History to 1877 3
CSCI 1100 (or proficiency examination) 0-3
Total 13-16
Second Semester - Freshman  
ENGL 1020 Critical Reading and Argumentation 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
HSCI 2020/21 Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab 4
HIST 2020 U.S. History from 1877 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Total 16
First Semester - Sophomore  
HSCI 2230/31 Intro to Microbiology w/lab 4
Literature 3
Social/Behavior Science 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Oral Communication 3
Total 16
Second Semester - Sophomore  
NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology for Nursing 4
NRSE 2020 Introduction to the Nursing Profession 3
NRSE 2030 Health Assessment 4
NRSE 2310 Communication for Health Professionals 2
Total 13
First Semester - Junior  
NRSE 3010 Pharmacology for Nursing 3
NRSE 3170 LPN-BSN Transition* 3
NRSE 3350 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Systems  2
NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research 3
Total 11
Second Semester - Junior  
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
First Semester - Senior  
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
Second Semester - Senior  
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

114-117

 ( " * " ) - Students who successfully complete NRSE 3170 are awarded credit for NRSE 2350, NRSE 2351, NRSE 3500, and NRSE 3501.

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
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

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. What are the admission requirements?Answer
  2. Do I have to be a “pre-nursing” student to apply to the program?Answer
  3. Does ETSU limit the number of students declared “Pre-Nursing”?Answer
  4. Do you give preference for admission to ETSU students over students from other Colleges or Community Colleges?Answer
  5. How many students apply to the program and how many do you accept?Answer
  6. Do you keep a waiting list?Answer
  7. Do you offer a two year (Associate Nursing Degree) or LPN license training?Answer
  8. Can I Minor in Nursing?Answer
  9. I’ve decided to pursue nursing, but I am not a pre-nursing student. How do I change my major?Answer
  10. I want to transfer to ETSU and apply to the nursing program. Where do I send my transcripts?Answer
  11. Do courses taken a long time ago still count?Answer
  12. Where do I sign up for the TEAS test?Answer
  13. When should I take the TEAS test?Answer
  14. Can I study for the TEAS?Answer
  15. Can I take the TEAS more than once?Answer
  16. How long are the TEAS scores valid?Answer
  17. How long does it take to earn the BSN degree?Answer
  18. If I apply and do not get accepted, can I apply again the next semester?Answer
  19. How much does it cost to attend ETSU?Answer
  20. I have an LPN License. How is my program different?Answer
  21. How many days a week will I have class?Answer
  22. May my job count as my clinical or may I do my clinical on the floor I work?Answer
  23. Can I attend part-time?Answer

What are the admission requirements?

Review the info above. If you have questions, you can contact a pre-nursing advisor at 423-439-4578 or millerf@etsu.edu


Do I have to be a “pre-nursing” student to apply to the program?

No. As long as you meet admission requirements, you are eligible to apply, even if you are declared a different major.


Does ETSU limit the number of students declared “Pre-Nursing”?

No. However, we strongly recommend that you meet with a pre-nursing advisor.


Do you give preference for admission to ETSU students over students from other Colleges or Community Colleges?

No. As long as a student meets admission requirements, all students are evaluated equally.


How many students apply to the program and how many do you accept?

We generally receive between 300 and 400 applications. We accept 85 students for the spring and 85 for the fall.


Do you keep a waiting list?

No, but we will admit additional students in point order as space becomes available until classes actually begin.


Do you offer a two year (Associate Nursing Degree) or LPN license training?

No. The BSN is a 4 year degree. There are several Community Colleges in the area which offer a two year degree.


Can I Minor in Nursing?
No.

I’ve decided to pursue nursing, but I am not a pre-nursing student. How do I change my major?

Make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor by calling 423 439-4578. Tell the receptionist it is a “change of major” appointment.


I want to transfer to ETSU and apply to the nursing program. Where do I send my transcripts?

The process requires two applications—one to ETSU Undergraduate Admissions and one to the College of Nursing through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (CAS).Send transcripts to CAS. Below are the links to both the College of Nursing and ETSU Undergraduate Admissions.

http://www.nursingcas.org/

http://www.etsu.edu/admissions/


Do courses taken a long time ago still count?

General education courses, electives and pre-requisites do not “expire”. However, you are responsible for knowing the material in pre-requisite classes.


Where do I sign up for the TEAS test?

The ATI Testing site: www.atitesting.com. You can search for location by city and state. We offer it at ETSU, and we will automatically have your scores. If you take it elsewhere(it is offered all over the USA) you will need to request and pay for a TEAS Transcript.


When should I take the TEAS test?

We need the scores by the application deadline, so February 1. The test is given at ETSU in September and January. Register at ATI Testing (link is above). If you do not take the TEAS at the ETSU testing center, then you will need to order a transcript for ETSU. The transcript is sent electronically, and there is a fee for this. The ATI testing site has the information for placing your order for a transcript.


Can I study for the TEAS?

Yes. We strongly suggest that you prepare for the test. Study materials are available to purchase on the ATI website. Practice tests and a study manual are both recommended. There are 4 sections to the TEAS exam: Math, Reading, Science, and English.


Can I take the TEAS more than once?

You can take the TEAS two times in two years, but not more than one time in a single semester. We will take the highest scores, even if they are from two different tests.


How long are the TEAS scores valid?

For two years.


How long does it take to earn the BSN degree?

The nursing courses take five semesters to complete. If you apply and are accepted at the beginning of your sophomore year (3rd semester in college), then you can complete the degree in four years. It does take some students longer, depending on circumstances.


If I apply and do not get accepted, can I apply again the next semester?

Yes, you can apply again. We do suggest that you make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor to discuss your options.


How much does it cost to attend ETSU?

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.


I have an LPN License. How is my program different?

LPN’s must still meet all of the requirements for admission to the College of Nursing, and apply to the program. If accepted to the program, the LPN student will take a slightly altered curriculum to account for LPN knowledge and experience.


How many days a week will I have class?

Plan on being flexible and available each day depending on when class and clinicals are offered. It is a fulltime program. Class will be during the day Monday thru Friday, but clinical hours vary and may be at 6:30 am start time and/or a few evening hours. Occasionally there are Saturday clinicals but not often.


May my job count as my clinical or may I do my clinical on the floor I work?

Clinicals are set up to have the nursing focus and role so that is required to be in a totally different setting than your job if you already work in a healthcare facility.


Can I attend part-time?

Yes - you may and rejoin as full time should you desire. Please see your academic advisor for information.


Program Contacts

Frannie Miller

Frannie Miller

Pre-Nursing Advisor
Contact:
423-439-4578 /
Nicks Hall, Room 230

 

Natalie Honeycutt

 

Natalie Honeycutt

LPN to BSN Advisor (once admitted to program)
Contact:
423-439-4578 /
Nicks Hall, Room 230
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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