Mar 22, 2018  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Major, B.S.N.

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College of Nursing

Nursing Major, B.S.N.

Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dean
Dr. Ken Tillman, Director of Undergraduate Programs
Ms. Ellen Drummond, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs
Mr. Scott Vaughn, Director of Student Services

P.O. Box 70664
Phone: (423) 439-4578 or 188837NURSE
Fax: (423) 439-4522
230 Roy S. Nicks Hall

Accredited by: AACN-American Association of Collegiate Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is the foundation for professional nursing practice. The professional nurse practices in collaboration with other health care providers and is responsible for coordinating and practicing comprehensive nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities, and assuming management and leadership positions in nursing practice.

The College of Nursing offers five (5) tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Traditional BSN, LPN-BSN and Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN offers coursework leading to initial licensure as a professional nurse. The RN-BSN option is designed for students who are already registered nurses but who are seeking a bachelors degree. The Dual Degree RN-BSN is offered with select community college partners for students enrolled in associates degree programs who are interested in simultaneously earning a bachelors degree.

A course of study that meets the degree requirements and the university’s General Education Program Requirements will be planned with the student through regular sessions with a College of Nursing professional advisor.

Admission - Admission to the university as a pre-nursing major does not assure admission to the major. Admission to the baccalaureate programs is competitive and some tracks have slightly different criteria for admission. Please refer to the specific program in this catalog for information concerning admission.

Progression - Progression in the nursing major is determined by specific criteria which is located in the BSN Student Handbook.

Criminal Background Checks

To progress clinically, students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check at his or her own expense from a specified vendor. Unfavorable results may result in a student’s inability to continue in clinical courses; review of the contents of the background check and the determination for eligibility for participation at a clinical site will be conducted by affiliated clinical agencies. Although the College of Nursing does not receive the contents of the background check, documentation of completion is kept with the students Clinical Course Health Requirement file.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of the following lectures and labs.


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website

Additional Major Requirement Required for Admission

Nursing Major

Admissions Requirements and Curricula by Program Track

Traditional BSN, LPN-BSN, and Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Admissions Requirements

Admissions Criteria and Selection Process


RN-BSN Admissions Requirements and Criteria

 Admissions Criteria, Selection Process, and Additional Program Requirements


Dual Degree RN-BSN Admission Requirements and Curricula

Curriculum for this program is tailored to the needs of students at our community college partnering institutions and thus varies by institution. Please refer to the College of Nursing website for more detailed information.

Minor: no minor required

Nursing Intensive Courses

Presently, the following courses have been designated as intensive courses to meet university requirements for a bachelors degree. Writing-Intensive (ITEC) are NRSE 3220  and NRSE 4120 ; Oral-Intensive (ICOM)  NRSE 2310  and NRSE 4120 , Technology Intensive (IWRT) NRSE 3220 . Students must satisfy the remainder of the intensive requirements through the General Education Program.

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