LPN to BSN
Excellence Everyday in Nursing Education, Research, and Practice
Designed for the Licensed Practical Nurse, our LPN-BSN program consists of four semesters of major courses after completing university core requirements. Become an LPN-BSN major by enrolling at ETSU as a HPNU - Nursing Interest Advising major, changing majors, or transferring to ETSU from another college or university after completion of a successful application to the program. After successful completion of all BSN Nursing Core, 23 nursing articulation credits will be awarded based on knowledge gained from the student's LPN program. Many sites available throughout Tennessee. Application will have sites available for each cycle.
Complete in 4 semesters Fall, Spring and Summer
Classes are held in the evenings 1-3 days a week based on your semester.
All prerequisite and general education courses must be complete before you can start the program. Students may apply and be conditionally accepted to the program if they are completing their final courses.
Transfer classes with grades of a C or better are evaluated from all accredited colleges and universities. Please contact ETSU admissions or the transfer school if you are not sure the school is accredited
Clinicals are designed to begin in the 3rd and 4th semester. They are held in the evenings or weekends depending on clinical site availability. Clinical Intensives offered in the students geographical area
The link below (Apply now) will take you to the Nursing CAS application. Please read the instructions carefully. We have 1 application for all of our programs and locations, except LPN-BSN has a separate application. Within the application you will be able to identify your preferences. All applicants must also apply and be accepted to ETSU: https://www.etsu.edu/admissions/#student_type
Students are admitted to a specific program location and may not switch or mix locations without special permission. Applications have the current locations offered for that semester. Each location does not admit each term- based on space and need. Program application will indicate what sites options are available for each semester.
- Main Campus
- ETSU Sevierville
- Erlanger Hospital (employees given first preference)
- Vanderbilt (Employees only)
- TCAT Crossville
- TCAT Shelbyville
- TCAT Nashville
- TCAT Covington
- TCAT Newbern
- TCAT McMinnville
- TCAT Pulaski
- More in progress
Click this link for larger version of locations chart.
|Course Name/Number||Course Credits|
|NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology - ITV 15 weeks||4|
|NRSE 2030 Health Assessment - Online 15 weeks||4|
|NRSE 3170 Transition to Professional Practice for Licensed Practical Nurses - ITV 15 weeks||3|
|NRSE 3400 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice - Online 7 weeks||2|
|NRSE 3020 Pharmacology for the Transitioning Licensed Practical Nurse - ITV 15 weeks||2|
|NRSE 3350 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Systems - ITV 15 weeks||2|
|NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing - Online 7 weeks||3|
|NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research - Online 7 weeks||3|
|NRSE 3900 Care of Child Bearing Families, Children, and Persons with Mental Illness - ITV 15 weeks||9|
|NRSE 3901 Care of Childbearing Families, Children, and Persons with Mental Illness Practicum - Clinical Intensive||6|
|NRSE 4612 Adult Care for the Transitioning LPN-BSN - ITV 15 weeks||4|
|NRSE 4613 Adult Care for the Transitioning Licensed Practical Nurse Practicum - Clinical Intensive||3|
|NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice - Online 7 weeks||3|
|NRSE 4621 Professional Practice Practicum - Clinical Intensive||4|
|Total Nursing Core Credits||
Articulation credit will be awarded after successful completion of all BSN Nursing Core. After successful completion of all BSN Nursing Core, articulation credit will be awarded which includes the following:
- NRSE 2351 Patient Centered Care I Practicum (4 credits),
- NRSE 3500 Patient Centered Care 2 (3 credits),
- NRSE 3501 Patient Centered Care 2 Practicum (3 credits),
- NRSE 3540 Adult Care 1 (3 credits),
- NRSE 3541 Adult Care I Practicum (4 credits),
- NRSE 4550 Adult Care 2 (3 credits), and
- NRSE 4551 Adult Care 2 Practicum (3 credits).
This articulation consist of 420 clinical clock hours.
Admission criteria is under review and expected to change sometime in 2022
Admission - Admission to the university as a HPNU - Nursing Interest Advising major does not assure admission to the major.
- 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 .
- A minimum cumulative College Level Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.6 as computed by
East Tennessee State University (excluding developmental coursework) is required.
- Applicants must apply to the College of Nursing using the Centralized Application
System (Nursing CAS).
- Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions must be sent to CAS with
the exception of RN to BSN. 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
- 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.
- ETSU College of Nursing does NOT require references, a personal statement or professional
experience for admission.
- 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.
- 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
Want to apply?
1) Complete your ETSU application. Click here to apply for ETSU admission
2) Apply to College of Nursing (CON): https://nursingcas.org/how-to-apply/
3) Once accepted to the University your complete nursing application will be reviewed and you will hear back within 6 weeks of the application deadline.
4) We accept 60 students each term
Questions? Send an Email.
Click here for a printable application checklist
Out of State Applications
Course and program availability varies by state and is established by each individual State Board of Nursing.
Students who reside outside of the state of Tennessee are responsible to contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether the course or program meets online degree program requirements in their state of residence prior to application.
Summer Application Cycle: App Open Dec. 15th/App Close Feb. 1st
Fall Application Cycle: App Open May 1st/App Close June 1st
Spring Application Cycle: App Open Aug. 24th/App Close Oct. 1st
Please Note: the application closes at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time
Admission criteria is under review and expected to change sometime in 2022
What are the admission requirements?
Review the info above. If you have questions, you can contact a HPNU - Nursing Interest Advising advisor at 423-439-4578
Do you give preference for admission to ETSU students over students from other Colleges or Community Colleges?
No. As long as a student meets admission requirements, all students are evaluated equally.
How many students apply to the program and how many do you accept?
We generally receive between 300 and 400 applications. We accept 60 students for the spring and 60 for the fall and 60 for the summer.
Do you keep a waiting list?
No, but we will admit additional students in point order as space becomes available until classes actually begin.
Do you offer a two year (Associate Nursing Degree) or LPN license training?
No. The BSN is a 4 year degree. There are several Community Colleges in the area which offer a two year degree.
Can I Minor in Nursing?
I want to transfer to ETSU and apply to the nursing program. Where do I send my transcripts?
Do courses taken a long time ago still count?
General education courses, electives and pre-requisites do not “expire”. However, you are responsible for knowing the material in pre-requisite classes.
How long does it take to earn the BSN degree?
The nursing courses take four semesters to complete. It does take some students longer, depending on circumstances.
If I apply and do not get accepted, can I apply again the next semester?
Yes, you can apply again.
How much does it cost to attend ETSU?
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: Tuition and Fees Estimator to see the cost per credit hour.
I have an LPN License. How is my program different?
LPN’s must still meet all of the requirements for admission to the College of Nursing, and apply to the program. If accepted to the program, the LPN student will take a slightly altered curriculum to account for LPN knowledge and experience.
How many days a week will I have class?
Plan on being flexible and available each day depending on when class and clinicals are offered. It is a fulltime program. 1-3 evenings a week depending on semester. Clinicals are evening and weekends depending on location and availability.
May my job count as my clinical or may I do my clinical on the floor I work?
Clinicals are set up to have the nursing focus and role so that is required to be in a totally different setting than your job if you already work in a healthcare facility.
Can I attend part-time?
Nursing CAS Information Session
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link
- Wednesday, 9/15 at 11:00 EST
- Tuesday, 9/21 at 3:00 EST
- Tuesday 9/27 at 12pm EST
- Thursday, 9/30 at 1:00 EST
Click here to view a recorded webinar for more information regarding completing the Nursing CAS
Apply Now! This link will take you to the Nursing CAS application. Please read the instructions carefully. LPN-BSN has its own separate application. Please be sure to select the correct application as there are 2 options. Within the application you will be able to identify your preferences on location. All applicants must also apply and be accepted to ETSU: https://www.etsu.edu/admissions/#student_type
NOTICE: Regulatory requirements governing student clinical vary by state and are subject to change. Clinical placement outside of Tennessee is contingent upon approval by the appropriate regulatory bodies and will be evaluated on an individual basis upon admission to the program. Currently, placement in North Carolina and Virginia is allowed.