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College of Nursing

East Tennessee State University

The ETSU/Sevierville Accelerated BSN program is an expansion of the ETSU College of Nursing at the ETSU Sevierville location. 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).

Nursing Classroom

Program Quick Facts

  • Takes five (5) semesters to complete
  • Students are admitted in fall, spring, and summer semesters. The curriculum consists of five semesters of major courses in an accelerated format -- which include attending nursing courses in the summer semester/s.
  • Clinical experiences are located within the local area/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.

 

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

Final Policy

Admission - Admission to the university as a pre-nursing major does not assure admission to the major.

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

​* Applicants with greater than two (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.

Applicants 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 three (3) of the four (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: https://www.etsu.edu/articulation/equivalencies.php . For a list of ETSU General Education requirements, go to: https://www.etsu.edu/uged/gened.php .

  1. A minimum cumulative College Level G​rade Point Average (GPA​) of 2.6 as computed by East Tennessee State University (excluding developmental coursework) is required.

  2. Applicants, with the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN, must apply to the College of Nursing using the Centralized Application System (Nursing CAS).  LPN to BSN and RN to BSN applicants must apply to the College of Nursing using electronic or paper application found on the College of Nursing website.  

  3. Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions must be sent to CAS with the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN. LPN to BSN and RN to BSN applicants must submit official transcripts with the electronic or paper application. 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: https://www.etsu.edu/nursing/default.php

  4. Applicants, with the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN, must submit (electronically) all scores from the standardized entrance exam. The standardized entrance exam may be taken twice within a two year period, but not twice in the same semester.  Scores are valid for two (2) years. Information about scheduling and preparing for the standardized entrance exam can be obtained by contacting the College of Nursing Office of Student Services.

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

  6. Applicants, with the exception of LPN to BSN and RN to BSN, are ranked by a point system which includes 100 possible points in four (4) areas: Overall GPA, Math/Science Nursing Pre-requisite GPA, Adjusted Individual Total Score, and Adjusted Individual Reading section score of the standard entrance exam for a total of 400 possible points.  Applicants are admitted in point order. LPN to BSN and RN to BSN applicants are ranked by overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and admitted in ascending order.

  7. Applicants who are admitted to ETSU as freshman with a high school GPA of 3.5 or above, ACT cumulative score of 29 or above, 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.
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. 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

February 1 for program beginning Summer Semester

June 1 for program beginning Fall Semester

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 standardized entrance exam 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. 


When is the application deadline?

October 1 for program beginning Spring Semester

February 1 for program beginning Summer Semester

June 1 for program beginning Fall Semester

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 three cohort start dates each academic year: one in mid-August, which is our Fall Semester; one in mid-January which is our Spring Semester; and one in May which is our Summer Semester.


How many students do you accept?

20-30 students for fall/spring

10-15 students for summer


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 standardized entrance exam even though I already have a Bachelor’s Degree?

Yes. No one is exempt from this requirement. It is part of the admission score. The GRE is not accepted as an alternate test. For more information contact the Office of Student Services.


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

No. 


Can I work and be successful in the 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.


Do you conduct interviews as part of the application process?

No


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 application deadline, and letters concerning the admission decision are usually sent within six (6) weeks after application deadline. 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

 

Margaret Mahlin

Academic Advisor
Contact:
423-439-4578 /  email mahlin@etsu.edu
Nicks Hall, Office of Student Services

 

Accreditation and Approval


logoThe 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 
Telephone 1.615.532.5166

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 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. Please read the Nursing CAS Application Instructions very carefully BEFORE you click the link to apply to our program.

 

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