Undergraduate Programs Overview
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 offers the following options for BSN attainment:
BSN Program Outcomes
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:
- Synthesize knowledge from humanities,arts and sciences to provide competent and caring
nursing practice in a global society.
- Communicate effectively with healthcare consumers, colleagues and other members of
interprofessional teams at local, regional, national and global levels.
- Synthesize data to make and evaluate decisions related to best nursing practice.
- Engage in safe healthcare practices with individuals,families,groups,and populations.
- Practice nursing in compliance with current legal, ethical, and professional standards
reflecting a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Collaborate to promote health and preven tdisease for individuals,families,groups,
- Apply research and health qualitydata to provide evidence-based nursing practice and
improve health outcomes.
- Demonstrate leadership to positively influence healthcare policy, using quality, safety,
and regulatory standards.
- Use information systems and healthcare technology to deliver effective nursing care.
NCLEX Pass Rate:
The National Council Licensure Examination, (NCLEX)-RN is the nationally recognized
exam for the licensing of Registered Nurses. After graduation from ETSU College of
Nursing one takes the NCLEX-RN and upon successful completion receives his/her Registered
NCLEX-RN First-Attempt Pass Rates:
2016-2017 = 95.0%
Accreditation and Approval
The Baccalaureate degree in nursing program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and
post-graduate APRN certificate program at East Tennessee State University are accredited
by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
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.