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College of Nursing

East Tennessee State University

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 pre-nursing major, changing majors, or transferring to ETSU from another college or university after completion of a successful application to the program. Part-time and full-time options are available. 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.

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Program Quick Facts

  • Bachelors prepared nurses have a stronger knowledge base and a broader education
  • A Bachelor’s degree provides many opportunities for career advancement
  • Continue your education post-graduation/pursue your MSN, DNP, or PhD


 

Students are admitted to a specific program location and may not switch or mix locations without special permission.

LPN-BSN students should contact Matt Johnson () or Frannie Miller ()

 

Program Details

Program Curriculum
Course Name/Number Course Credits
Semester I  
NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology - ITV 15 weeks 4
NRSE 2030 Health Assessment - Online 7 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
Total 13
Semester II  
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
Total 10
Semester III  
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
Total 15
Semester IV  
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 14
Total Nursing Core Credits

52

Articulation credit will be awarded after successful completion of all BSN Nursing Core.

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

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? .

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 RN to BSN Program cannot be guaranteed to all applicants.

ETSU College of Nursing LPN to BSN 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:

  • California
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • U.S. Territories
  • Canadian Provinces

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.

Application Deadlines

February 1 for summer acceptance

June 1 for fall

October 1 for spring acceptance

Click here to apply for ETSU admission

FAQs
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  1. What are the admission requirements?Answer
  2. Do I have to be a “pre-nursing” student to apply to the program?Answer
  3. Does ETSU limit the number of students declared “Pre-Nursing”?Answer
  4. Do you give preference for admission to ETSU students over students from other Colleges or Community Colleges?Answer
  5. How many students apply to the program and how many do you accept?Answer
  6. Do you keep a waiting list?Answer
  7. Do you offer a two year (Associate Nursing Degree) or LPN license training?Answer
  8. Can I Minor in Nursing?Answer
  9. I’ve decided to pursue nursing, but I am not a pre-nursing student. How do I change my major?Answer
  10. I want to transfer to ETSU and apply to the nursing program. Where do I send my transcripts?Answer
  11. Do courses taken a long time ago still count?Answer
  12. How long does it take to earn the BSN degree?Answer
  13. If I apply and do not get accepted, can I apply again the next semester?Answer
  14. How much does it cost to attend ETSU?Answer
  15. I have an LPN License. How is my program different?Answer
  16. How many days a week will I have class?Answer
  17. May my job count as my clinical or may I do my clinical on the floor I work?Answer
  18. Can I attend part-time?Answer

What are the admission requirements?

Review the info above. If you have questions, you can contact a pre-nursing advisor at 423-439-4578 or millerf@etsu.edu


Do I have to be a “pre-nursing” student to apply to the program?

No. As long as you meet admission requirements, you are eligible to apply, even if you are declared a different major.


Does ETSU limit the number of students declared “Pre-Nursing”?

No. However, we strongly recommend that you meet with a pre-nursing advisor.


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?
No.

I’ve decided to pursue nursing, but I am not a pre-nursing student. How do I change my major?

Make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor by calling 423 439-4578. Tell the receptionist it is a “change of major” appointment.


I want to transfer to ETSU and apply to the nursing program. Where do I send my transcripts?

The process requires two applications—one to ETSU Undergraduate Admissions and one to the College of Nursing through the link below. Below are the links to both the College of Nursing and ETSU Undergraduate Admissions.

College of Nursing App:
https://etsucon.seamlessdocs.com/f/lpnbsnapp

ETSU App: https://www.etsu.edu/admissions/


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 five semesters to complete. If you apply and are accepted at the beginning of your sophomore year (3rd semester in college), then you can complete the degree in four years. 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. We do suggest that you make an appointment with a pre-nursing advisor to discuss your options.


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: https://www.etsu.edu/bf/bursar/tuitioninfo/calendar.php 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. Class will be during the day Monday thru Friday, but clinical hours vary and may be at 6:30 am start time and/or a few evening hours. Occasionally there are Saturday clinicals but not often.


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?

Yes - you may and rejoin as full time should you desire. Please see your academic advisor for information.


Program Contacts

Frannie Miller

Matt Johnson

Advisor
Contact:
423-439-4578 /
Nicks Hall, Room 230

 

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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