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Our traditional BSN program consists of five semesters of major courses after completing university core requirements. Become a BSN major by enrolling at ETSU as a pre-nursing major, changing majors, or transferring to ETSU from another college or university. The BSN degree is awarded after successful completion of all nursing course work qualifying the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Students are admitted to a specific program location and may not switch or mix locations without special permission.
|Course Name/Number||Course Hours|
|First Semester - Freshman|
|ENGL 1010 Critical Reading and Expository Writing||3|
|MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics||3|
|HSCI 2010/11 Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab||4|
|HIST 2010 U.S. History to 1877||3|
|CSCI 1100 (or proficiency examination)||0-3|
|Second Semester - Freshman|
|ENGL 1020 Critical Reading and Argumentation||3|
|HSCI 2020/21 Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab||4|
|HIST 2020 U.S. History from 1877||3|
|First Semester - Sophomore|
|HSCI 2230/31 Intro to Microbiology w/lab||4|
|Second Semester - Sophomore|
|NRSE 2016 Pathophysiology for Nursing||4|
|NRSE 2020 Introduction to the Nursing Profession||3|
|NRSE 2310 Communication for Health Professionals||2|
|NRSE 2350 Patient Centered Care 1||3|
|NRSE 2351 Patient Centered Care 1 Practicum||4|
|First Semester - Junior|
|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|
|Second Semester - Junior|
|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|
|First Semester - Senior|
|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|
|Second Semester - Senior|
|NRSE 4610 Adult Care 3||3|
|NRSE 4611 Adult Care 3 Practicum||4|
|NRSE 4620 Leadership and Professional Practice||3|
|NRSE 4621 Professional Practice Practicum||4|
|Total BSN Hours||120-123|
Admission - Admission to the university as a pre-nursing 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, 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.
- 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
- 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
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? Email an Advisor.
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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- Do courses taken a long time ago still count?Answer
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- How long does it take to earn the BSN degree?Answer
- Can I take nursing classes in the summer to finish faster?Answer
- If I apply and do not get accepted, can I apply again the next semester?Answer
- How much does it cost to attend ETSU?Answer
- I have an LPN License. How is my program different?Answer
- Do you offer online classes for this program?Answer
What is the application deadline for the BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program?
October 1 for program beginning Spring Semester; February 1 for program beginning Summer Semester; June 1 for program beginning Fall Semester. The application will be available online 90 days prior to each deadline. Apply online for the College of Nursing via NursingCAS
What are the admission requirements?
See information above. If you have questions, you can contact a pre-nursing advisor at 423 439-4578 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 85 students for the spring and 85 for the fall.
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’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 Nursing Centralized Application Service (CAS). Send transcripts to CAS. Below are the links to both the College of Nursing and ETSU Undergraduate 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.
Where do I sign up for the standardized entrance exam?
The ATI Testing site: www.atitesting.com. You can search for location by city and state.We offer it at ETSU, and we will automatically have your scores. If you take it elsewhere(it is offered all over the USA) you will need to request and pay for a transcript.
When should I take the standardized entrance exam?
We need the scores by the application deadline, so before October 1, February 1, or June 1. The test is given at ETSU.
Can I study for the standardized entrance exam?
Yes. We strongly suggest that you prepare for the test.
Can I take the standardized entrance exam more than once?
You can take the standardized entrance exam two times in two years, but not more than one time in a single semester. We will take the highest scores, even if they are from two different tests.
How long are the standardized entrance exam scores valid?
For two years.
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.
Can I take nursing classes in the summer to finish faster?
Nursing classes are not offered in the summer at this time. Traditional fall and spring semesters are available. Summer classes are reserved for the Accelerated program only.
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.
Do you offer online classes for this program?
No. This is not an online program. All classes are day time only and on the ETSU Main Campus in Johnson City.
Accreditation and Approval
The 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
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.
Please note that the method for receiving applications to Traditional 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.