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RN to BSN - Online Only

If you are currently a licensed RN or plan to be one within the next 6 months, you are eligible to apply to our RN to BSN Program. 

With cohort groups in Johnson City, Kingsport, Sevierville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Cleveland, TN we begin each Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  Our RN-BSN program is designed to provide pathways to students holding the RN Associate degree or the hospital certificate. The program is ALL online and provides optional plans of nursing courses; 2, 3, 5 or 9 semesters. All options are user-friendly and designed for working adults with many opportunities for professional growth.

Two Application Process

  1. Apply to the ETSU, click here.
    • Please apply as a Transfer Student and select Pre-Nursing (Pre-BSN) for the major.
    • Request ALL college and university transcripts, and high school transcript (if you graduated High School Fall 1989 or after) be sent to ETSU.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the Admissions Office regarding university acceptance (423-439-4213).
    • If you have been accepted at ETSU previously, please complete the online Re-admit Form to the university and request all official updated transcripts be sent to ETSU.  No Re-Admission fee required.

  2. Complete the RN to BSN Pre-Assessment Application Form and scan it to Janelle Grooms,
    (click on Pre-Assessment Application to apply, and on link below)

    You can apply to ETSU and complete the RN to BSN Pre-Assessment Application in the same time frame.  The College of Nursing will accept RN to BSN applications for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters (refer to deadlines).   Admitted students will be classified as Pre-BSN students until they are accepted into the program.  The College of Nursing will change the status to BSN when accepted.  Pre-BSN status does not guarantee admission to the RN-BSN major.

    To receive full consideration, students must be fully 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.


Program Details


NOTE:   Because of state regulatory requirements for nursing programs, students residing outside the state of Tennessee may be required to complete clinical hours in a Tennessee institution or agency. Students wishing to complete clinical courses in their home state may incur additional expenses and/or program time, to cover faculty licensure, travel, and program approval in their state. Regulations governing nursing and higher education vary on a state-by-state basis and cannot always be anticipated in advance of student application to the program.


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