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College of Nursing

The RN to BSN option is focused on advancing the skills and preparation of current Associate Degree and Diploma nurses.

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Program Quick Facts

  • The RN to BSN Program is all online.
  • Applications are accepted each semester.
  • Students are not required to have all general education courses complete prior to starting the RN to BSN Program.
  • Students can take up to four nursing courses each semester.
  • Students may start immediately after completion of degree program.
  • Students have one semester after completion of Associate degree program to successfully pass NCLEX-RN.

 

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

Curriculum Course Program Plans

Course Program Plans By Semester Start Date:

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Sample Program Plan:

  Course Name/Number Course Hours
Semester One - Fall  
Term 1 NRSE 2030 Health Assessment 4
  NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing 3
Term 2 NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology 4
  NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research 3
  Total 14
Semester Two - Spring  
Term 1 NRSE 3010 Pharmacology for Nursing 3
  NRSE 4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses
  NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice (or W0 session) 3
Term 2 NRSE 3200 Advancing to professional Nursing Practice 3
  NRSE4062 RN Practicum 5
  Total 18
  Total Hours 32
 

OPTIONAL for All Plans

*NRSE 4620 can be taken during winter session (W0 section); mid-December thru-mid January (full-time or part-time plan)

 
  Course Name/Number Course Hours
Semester One - Fall  
Term 1 NRSE 2030 Health Assessment 4
  NRSE 3200 Advancing to professional Nursing Practice 3
Term 2 NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology 4
  Total 11
Semester Two - Spring  
Term 1 NRSE 4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses 4
  NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice (or W0 session) 3
Term 2 NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research 3
  Total 10
Semester Three - Summer  
 8Weeks    Term NRSE 3010 Pharmacology for Nursing 3
  NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing 3
  NRSE 4062 RN Practicum 5
  Total 11
  Total Hours 32
  *NRSE 4620 can be taken during winter session; mid-December thru-mid January (full-time or part-time plan)  
  Course Name/Number Course Hours
Semester One - Fall  
Term 1 NRSE 2030 Health Assessment 4
Term 2 NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology 4
  Total 8
Semester Two - Spring  
Term 1 NRSE 3010 Pharmacology 3
Term 2 NRSE 3200 Advancing to professional Nursing Practice 3
  Total 6
Semester Three - Summer  

8 Weeks   Term

NRSE 4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses 4
  NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice 3
  Total 7
Semester Four - Fall  
Term 1 NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing  3
Term 2 NRSE 3525  Health Promotion and Research 3
  Total 6
Semester Five - Spring  
Term 1    
Term 2 NRSE 4062 RN Practicum 5
  Total 5
  Total BSN Hours 32
  Course Name/Number Course Hours
Semester One - Fall  
Term 1 NRSE 2030 Health Assessment 4
Term 2    
  Total 4
Semester Two - Spring  
Term 1 NRSE 3010 Pharmacology 4
Term 2    
  Total 4
Semester Three - Summer  
8 Weeks Term NRSE 3510 Population, Community, and Public Health Nursing 3
  Total 3
Semester Four - Fall  
Term 1    
Term 2 NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology 4
  Total 4
Semester Five - Spring  
Term 1    
Term 2 NRSE 3200 Advancing to professional Nursing Practice
  Total
Semester Six - Summer  
8 Weeks Term NRSE 4355 Healthcare Systems and Informatics for Nurses 4
  Total 4
Semester Seven - Fall  
Term 1    
Term 2 NRSE 3525 Health Promotion and Research 3
  Total 3
Semester Eight - Spring  
Term 1 NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice (or W0 session) 3
Term 2    
  Total 11
Semester Nine - Summer  
8 Weeks Term NRSE 4062 RN Practicum 5
  Total 5
  Total Hours 32

 

Admissions Criteria
 
  1. Apply and be fully admitted to the university for the intended term of entry. If you have been accepted at ETSU previously, complete and submit the Re-admit Form to the university. Refer to the Application Process below.

  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.60 on a 4.0 scale (on all college level course work). Developmental studies grades/quality points will not be used in the calculation for the cumulative GPA for admission purposes.

  3. Completed or have in progress the following Math/Science courses (or equivalents):
    1. HSCI 2010/2011 Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab
    2. HSCI 2020/2021 Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab
    3. HSCI 2230/2231 Intro to Microbiology w/lab
    4. MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics
  4. Earned a minimum of a “C” (2.0) in each of the required Natural Science courses and Math 1530 course:
    1. Only 2 of the HSCI and MATH 1530 courses may be repeated to achieve a “C” (2.0)
  5. Graduate from an accredited registered nurse diploma or associate degree program, hospital diploma graduates and graduates of non-accredited associate degree programs must also present a minimum of 35 semester hours of college credits. Coursework must include: English composition – 6 semester credits; Natural Science – 8 semester credits; Social/Behavioral sciences – 6 semester credits; General education/electives – 9 semester credits. Credit may be earned by taking the courses from a regionally, accredited institutions.

  6. Unencumbered RN Licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of TN or a compact state.
University General Education Requirements and Transfer of Nursing College Credit

The university requires all students to satisfy general education courses toward their bachelor’s degree. These may be completed online and concurrently with the BSN courses. The General Education Curriculum Sheet  gives students choices when selecting courses to fulfill this requirement. All courses transferred to ETSU will be analyzed regarding fulfillment of required general education courses.

Coursework must include:
Course work completed prior to graduation must include 45–48 semester hours of college credits: English composition – 6 semester credits; Natural Sciences – 12 semester credits; Behavioral/Social sciences – 6 semester credits; General Education/electives – 9 semester credits; Mathematics – 3 semester credits; History – 6 semester credits; Oral communication – 3 semester credits; Using Information Technology (CSCI 1100) – 0-3 semester credits.

Students who enroll in and successfully complete the required CSCI 1100 computer course will receive college credit. College credit is not awarded for the CSCI 1100 proficiency exam. CSCI 1100 must be satisfied before 30 credit hours have been attempted at ETSU. Please visit www.etsu.edu/uit for more information. General education courses can be determined through individual program planning at orientation. Graduates of ETSU must complete their last semester of courses through ETSU.

Transfer of Nursing College credits: All nursing courses, in which a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher was earned, will be transferred in as nursing electives. Nursing courses, in which a grade of “C-“ or less was earned, are considered nursing failures. Please contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services regarding the nursing failure policies and procedures.

The RN to BSN Academic Advisor can help you determine any general education courses needed for the degree. These courses can be taken online through ETSU while in the nursing program. General education courses can be determined through individual program planning per orientation. Graduates of ETSU must complete their last semester of courses through ETSU.

Students should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for specific requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

ETSU requires all students to have 50 credit hours from a senior-level (4 year) college or institution which includes transfer courses from a senior level institution. The RN/BSN major requires completion of 32 semester credits which will partially fulfill the university requirement of 50 semester credits. Therefore, an additional 18 semester credits must be completed at a senior-level college or university, ETSU or any other 4 year institution. Refer to Articulation Agreement Credits for eligibility of additional credit given for senior institution credit/BSN degree.

Application Process & Selection

There are 2 applications to the program:

  1. Apply to the ETSU, click here.
    • Please apply as a Transfer Student and select Pre-Nursing (Pre-BSN) for the major.
    • Request ALL college and university transcripts, and high school transcript (if you graduated High School Fall 1989 or after) be sent to ETSU. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the Admissions Office regarding university acceptance (423-439-4213).
    • If you have been accepted at ETSU previously, please complete the online Re-admit Form to the university and request all official updated transcripts be sent to ETSU. No Re-Admission fee required.
  2. Complete the RN to BSN Pre-Assessment Application Form and email it to Matt Johnson,
    (click on Pre-Assessment Application to apply, or  on "APPLY NOW!" link below)

    You can apply to ETSU and complete the RN to BSN Pre-Assessment Application in the same time frame. The College of Nursing will accept RN to BSN applications for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters (refer to deadlines). Admitted students will be classified as Pre-BSN students until they are accepted into the program. The College of Nursing will change the status to BSN when accepted. Pre-BSN status does not guarantee admission to the RN-BSN major.

    To receive full consideration, students must be fully 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.

Semester Deadlines to Apply:

  • Spring – December 15
  • Summer – April 15
  • Fall – August 1

NOTE:

  • Attach copy of in-process schedule (if attending another institution or in progress of completing ADN program)
  • List RN license number and state of issuance
  • ADN graduates- Students sitting for licensing exam (but do not have results) should attach a copy of NCLEX-RN registration as proof of eligibility for licensure

Transfer of Nursing College credits: All nursing courses, in which a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher was earned, will be transferred in as nursing electives. Nursing courses, in which a grade of “C-“ or less was earned, are considered nursing failures. Please contact the Office of Student Services regarding the nursing failure policies and procedures.


Selection Process:

Students are ranked according to a points-system that includes:

  1. Overall GPA (excluding developmental coursework) * - 100 points available
  2. Math-Science Requirements GPA (at least 3 of 4 courses must be complete upon application with remainder in progress and completed by end of term)** - 100 points available

200 Total points are available.


Admission points breakdown:

OVERALL GPA* - 100 Points Available

  • GPA 3.8 to 4.0 = 100 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.6 to 3.79 = 90 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.4 to 3.59 = 80 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.2 to 3.39 = 70 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.0 to 3.19 = 60 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.8 to 2.99 = 50 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.6 to 2.79 = 40 Admissions Points
  • GPA of less than 2.6 = 0 points

Math-Science Requirements GPA** - 100 Points Available

  • GPA 3.8 to 4.0 = 100 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.6 to 3.79 = 90 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.4 to 3.59 = 80 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.2 to 3.39 = 70 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.0 to 3.19 = 60 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.8 to 2.99 = 50 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.6 to 2.79 = 40 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.2 to 2.59 = 20 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.0 to 2.19 = 10 Admissions Points
  • GPA of less than 2.0 = 0 points

Also required:

General Education Courses will be required to graduate from ETSU with the BSN Degree.

East Tennessee State University is fully in accord with the belief that educational and employment opportunities should be available to all persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, religion, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

**NOTE: General education courses can be determined through individual program planning.

**NOTE: Students who enroll in and successfully complete CSCI 1100/NFS 1010 will receive college credit. College credits are not awarded for the proficiency exam.

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 RN 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
  • Florida
  • 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.

Articulation Agreements Credits
Upon successful completion of NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice and NRSE 2030 Health Assessment Students will be awarded 8 – 12 articulation course credits identified in the articulation agreements at specific community colleges.

Hospital diploma graduates upon successful completion of NRSE 3200 Advancing to Professional Nursing Practice and NRSE 2030 Health Assessment will be awarded 42 semester credits in nursing.

Questions? For additional information contact in the Office of Student Services by email or at 423.439.4528.

Application Deadlines
 
  • Spring Semester - December 15 ( Note: Applications will continue to be accepted after this date pending availability.)
  • Summer Semester - April 15 ( Note: Applications will continue to be accepted after this date pending availability.)
  • Fall Semester - August 1 ( Note: Applications will continue to be accepted after this date pending availability.)
FAQs

 

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  1. Is this program totally online?

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  2. What is the application process?Answer
  3. What happens after I apply?Answer
  4. What is general education curriculum?Answer
  5. Do I need to be at the computer on designated days/times for my courses?Answer
  6. Is there an expiration date for previously taken transfer general education courses or health science courses?Answer
  7. What does the Practicum consist of in this program?Answer
  8. When I complete the RN to BSN Program, am I required to take the NCLEX-RN, again?Answer
  9. If I am finishing an Associate RN Program and have not taken the NCLEX-RN, yet, am I allowed to start the program?Answer
  10. After I complete the Associate RN Program, am I required to re-apply to ETSU or NursingCAS?Answer

Is this program totally online?

Yes!


What is the application process?

This is a 2 part process:

1) Apply to ETSU by clicking this link: Admissions Login. Apply as a Transfer, Pre-Nursing student, $25.00 fee.

2) Complete RN to BSN pre-assessment application form by clicking here.


What happens after I apply?

Once your application to ETSU has been processed you will receive an email with further instructions from the RN to BSN advisor.


What is general education curriculum?

Required academic courses in addition to the nursing core courses are required to complete the B.S. degree. The specific requirements are also listed at the following ETSU site: General Education and Graduation Requirements. Contact the RN to BSN advisor, with questions regarding general education courses.


Do I need to be at the computer on designated days/times for my courses?

No. Courses are accessible anytime. Courses have “windows” of time to submit homework, projects, take exams, etc.


Is there an expiration date for previously taken transfer general education courses or health science courses?

No. ETSU courses and transfer courses do not expire.


What does the Practicum consist of in this program?
  • The Practicum is comprised of two parts: Change Project and Clinical.
  • Students currently employed as an RN will have the option of receiving credit for the clinical hours required by successfully completing RN-BSN essentials checklist.
  • The Practicum is the last of the nursing courses taken in the program. It can be taken in conjunction with other RN to BSN nursing courses or by itself.
  • The Practicum is offered each semester in the program.

When I complete the RN to BSN Program, am I required to take the NCLEX-RN, again?

No.


If I am finishing an Associate RN Program and have not taken the NCLEX-RN, yet, am I allowed to start the program?

Yes. Eligible new graduates from an Associate RN Program are allowed to take one semester of BSN nursing courses, but must pass the NCLEX-RN before being allowed to proceed in the program.


After I complete the Associate RN Program, am I required to re-apply to ETSU or NursingCAS?

No. If a student is not active for one or more semesters he/she must re-admit to ETSU, then contact the RN-BSN advisor. These students are not required to pay the admission fee again.

Note: Students are responsible for submitting all updated transcripts to ETSU Admissions following completion of the Associate RN Program. Failure to submit their transcripts could prevent registration and graduation from ETSU.


Program Contact
Natalie Honeycutt

 

Matt Johnson

RN to BSN Advisor
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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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NOTE: Because of state regulatory requirements for nursing programs, students residing outside the state of Tennessee may be required to complete clinical hours in a Tennessee institution or agency.

 

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