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College of Nursing

Our accelerated BSN program is available to students holding bachelor's degrees from regionally accredited schools in fields other than nursing. It consists of five semesters of major courses beginning with the summer semester and continuing through Fall semester of the following year. Certain prerequisite courses apply prior to starting the nursing courses. The BSN degree is awarded after successful completion of all nursing course work qualifying you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Students holding bachelor's degrees are also eligible for the traditional program.

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Program Quick Facts

  • Complete your degree in five (5) semesters
  • Students are admitted in the Summer and Fall Semesters
  • Clinical experiences within some of the largest health systems in the 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.

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
 
NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology for Nursing 4
NRSE 2350 Patient Centered Care 1 3
NRSE 2351 Patient Centered Care 1 Practicum 4
NRSE 3400 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice 2
Total 13
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

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 https://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: https://www.etsu.edu/nursing/prenursing/admissions.php

4. Applicants must submit (electronically) all scores from the TEAS V standardized entrance exam. The TEAS V 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 V for a total of 400 possible points.  Applicants are admitted in point order.

 

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 V 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

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.)

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 Summer and Fall -- online application available 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.

Click here to apply for ETSU admission

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. Can I apply to this program with a completed Associate Degree in any field?Answer
  6. Do I get extra points for a degree in a related field such as Public Health or Microbiology?Answer
  7. What are the four Pre-requisite classes that need to be completed?Answer
  8. Can I take the pre-requisite classes online or at a community college?Answer
  9. My pre-requisites are older than five years, or ten years. Do I need to re-take them?Answer
  10. Do all four of the pre-requisites need to be completed when I apply?Answer
  11. Do I still need to take the TEAS V even though I already have a Bachelor’s Degree?Answer
  12. Is the program offered online, part time or nights/weekends?Answer
  13. Does full time mean I will be in class or clinicals five days a week from 8 to 5?Answer
  14. Can I work and be successful in the program?Answer
  15. Do I need to have shadowing experience to be eligible to apply?Answer
  16. Do I need to provide letters of recommendation for the application process?Answer
  17. Do you conduct interviews as part of the application process?Answer
  18. What is the difference between the traditional program and the accelerated program?Answer
  19. When will I be notified about acceptance to the program?Answer
  20. What is the cost of the program?Answer
  21. Is financial aid or scholarship money available for 2nd degree students?Answer

How long does the program take to complete?

18 months—5 semesters including two summer semesters. The accelerated program always begins in May and ends in December a year and half later.


When is the application deadline?

February 1. The College of Nursing application will be available 90 days prior to the deadline. Two applications are involved—one through Nursing CAS, which is for the College of Nursing program and the other is the ETSU application. You only need to send transcripts to Nursing CAS. We suggest completing the application as soon as possible. You do not have to wait until you have taken the TEAS V entrance test or until you are accepted to ETSU to begin your Nursing CAS application. Both applications can be done in the same time frame.


When does the program begin?

Once a year in Mid-May, which is our Pre-Summer Semester (some schools call it “Maymester”).


How many students do you accept?

30 students out of approximately 150-200 applicants


Can I apply to this program with a completed Associate Degree in any field?

No. Applicants need to have a completed Bachelor’s Degree in any field. Students who have completed Master’s degrees and beyond are also eligible to apply.


Do I get extra points for a degree in a related field such as Public Health or Microbiology?

No. The program is open to students who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in ANY field.


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 TEAS V even though I already have a Bachelor’s Degree?

Yes. No one is exempt from the TEAS V admission requirement. It is part of the admission score. The GRE is not accepted as an alternate test. For more information about the TEAS V, go to www.atitesting.com


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

No. The Accelerated 2nd Degree program is on ground full time only.


Does full time mean I will be in class or clinicals five days a week from 8 to 5?

No. Academic and clinical hours will vary each semester, but your schedule will never be all day every day. Lecture classes are usually on a Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wed./Friday schedule, and clinicals are generally 2 days a week. You may have a Saturday clinical, but there are no late night hours.


Can I work and be successful in the program?

We strongly discourage working and enrolling in the Accelerated 2nd degree BSN 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. We evaluate applicants according to objective criteria only: Overall GPA, Pre-requisite courses GPA, TEAS V Overall Adjusted Individual Score, and TEAS V Reading Adjusted Individual Score. Each one of the 4 criteria is worth up to 100 points, for a possible maximum of 400 points. Please review the admission criteria above or the scale.


Do you conduct interviews as part of the application process?

No. Please see answer to question 16.


What is the difference between the traditional program and the accelerated program?

Basically the summer semesters are the difference. Both programs are 5 semesters, but the accelerated program has 2 summer semesters, so it is completed in a year and half. The traditional program also is 5 semesters, but only fall and spring—so that same 5 semesters takes two and half years to complete. 2nd degree students are welcome to apply to the Traditional Program. We actually encourage students to apply to BOTH programs, as the Traditional one is not quite as competitive.


When will I be notified about acceptance to the program?

We evaluate all applications after the February 1 deadline, and letters concerning the admission decision are usually sent out the first week of March. 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/finaid/cost/costcalc.php#tab-4-2 to see the cost per credit hour.


Is financial aid or scholarship money available for 2nd degree students?

We suggest that you talk with a financial aid counselor about your individual qualifications for federal student aid. 2nd degree students may qualify for loan money, but are not eligible for grant money. There are scholarships offered through the College of Nursing, but not specifically for 2nd degree students. There are no “full ride” scholarships available to any student through the College of Nursing.


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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