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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a degree that focuses on advanced knowledge in a particular focus area. ETSU offers specialty concentrations in Nursing Administration, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and the Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Program Quick Facts

  • Fully Online Program
  • 13 nurse managed health centers
  • Rural focus
  • Interprofessional experiences
  • Simulation experience opportunities
  • 100% Pass Rate on PMHNP Certification
  • 90.1% Pass rate on FNP Certification

Program Details

Program Plans
Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed to focus on advanced nursing knowledge in a specialty focus area.

Specific program objectives are to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values to::

  1. Synthesize specialized knowledge and theories from nursing and related disciplines as an advanced practice nurse;

  2. Practice advanced nursing in collaborative interprofessional relationships and in partnership with communities;

  3. Manage the health care of clients within current legal, ethical, and professional standards;

  4. Design health promotion strategies across the life span and among diverse cultures to improve the health of a community;

  5. Apply research findings in advanced nursing practice and the delivery of health care services; and

  6. Use leadership skills to effect health policy and promote change.

TN cCampus MSN Program Consortium  -Student Achievement Data Regarding Graduates Success Academic Year 2015-2016

**except for certification rates and program completion, data is self-reported by those responding

  • 2015-2016 Program Completion Rate  74%

  • FNP 1st attempt Certification Exam Pass Rate  80%

  • Alumni one-year post program completion  91%
    (indicated they were able to be employed in their field within 12months)

  • Employer satisfaction rates for the 2015-2016 academic year  100%
    (‘above’ to ‘far above’ when indicating to what degree they would recommend that their organization hire graduates from this program)

  • Employers strongly agreed that the program prepared the graduate to manage the health care of clients/patients within legal, ethical, and professional standards.  100%                                  
  • Student Evaluation of Preceptors as Excellent  95%

  • Upon graduation, students felt prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies related to their area of specialization.  90%

  • Alumni one-year post program completion agreed or strongly agreed that the program was beneficial. 90%

  • Alumni one-year post program completion indicated that as a result of the program they felt prepared to demonstrate the knowledge and competencies related to their area of specialization.  90%
Admission Criteria & Process

 Admissions Criteria

Applicants seeking admission to the MSN program must fulfill all requirements for admission to both the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and the ETSU College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:

  • a completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  • official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • a written essay.

Admission Requirements:

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed.

  2. An earned Bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  3. Successful completion of a 3 semester hour or 4 quarter hour undergraduate level Statistics course.

  4. Graduate students whose native language is not English must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and submit the meet or exceed the minimum scores below. Consult the graduate admission requirements for further details.

    School TOEFL Paper-based score Internet-based score
    ETSU > 550 or 79

Requirements for the RN with a BA/BS non-nursing degree.

Completion of the following 12 units RN/MSN nursing bridge sequence prior to beginning graduate level courses: NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research; NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice; NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Practice; NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing. RN to MSN graduates will not be awarded the BSN degree.

Admissions Process

All candidates must apply to ETSU. The ETSU application for admission may be submitted online at A printable application can also be obtained at this site. To request a paper application, contact the School of Graduate Studies at (423) 439-4221.

The application and all materials should be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Once the application file is complete, it will be forwarded to the College of Nursing and reviewed by the admissions committee. Applicants will be notified by mail of the admission decision.


Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Beginning with admissions for the summer 2018 term, the following application deadlines (dates for all materials to be received by the School of Graduate Studies) are:

Regular Deadline


May 1


September 15


February 1

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Program Contact
Natalie Honeycutt


Linda Raines

CON Student Services
423-439-4066 /
Nicks Hall, Room 230


Natalie Honeycutt


Don Rice

School of Graduate Studies, Program Specialist
423-439-6158 /
Burgin-Dossett Hall Room 309-G
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Out of State Applications
Course and program availability varies by state and is established by each individual state’s Board of Nursing; therefore, admission to ETSU CON online MSN Program cannot be guaranteed to all applicants.

ETSU College of Nursing MSN Program is not accepting applications from residents in the following states due to current requirements or restrictions imposed on distance education programs by their board of education or board of nursing:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Students who reside outside the state of Tennessee who are considering an on-line nursing program should contact the appropriate board of nursing in the state of residency to confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for online degree programs prior to beginning a course of study. 

If the student moves from the state of Tennessee after admission to the program, continuation in the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify ETSU College of Nursing of a change in physical residence.

While the MSN program was fully accredited as part of the Tennessee eCampus, the change in governance requires a “substantive change” review by the accrediting organization, ACEN, to confirm continued accreditation.  There is not a “loss of accreditation” of the program, but accreditation status must be verified for the accrediting agency to affirm our accreditation status. We will receive that decision on or around February 1, 2018.


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