Nursing Major, B.S.N.
Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dean
Dr. Melessia Webb, 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: The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at East Tennessee State is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.
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 six (6) tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Traditional BSN, Accelerated 2nd degree BSN, ETSU-HVMC Accelerated BSN, and LPN-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.
Students must be in progress or have completed all ETSU General Education courses* (or equivalent from a Transfer Institution) including the 4 Nursing Pre-requisite classes: Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with labs), Intro to Microbiology (with lab), and Probability and Statistics. At least 3 of the 4 pre-requisite math/science classes must be completed prior to the application deadline.
Students with greater than 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.
* Students 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 3 of the 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 http://www.etsu.edu/articulation/equivalencies.aspx . For a list of ETSU General Education requirements go to: http://www.etsu.edu/uged/gened/StudentsandParents/requirements_10.aspx
A minimum cumulative College Level GPA of 2.6 as computed by East Tennessee State University (excluding developmental coursework) is required.
Students must apply to the College of Nursing using the Centralized Application System (Nursing CAS). Official Transcripts from all colleges attended (including dual enrollment during high school) must be sent to CAS. Transfer 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: http://www.etsu.edu/nursing/undergrad/onlineapp.aspx
Applicants must submit (electronically) all scores from the TEAS V standardized entrance exam. The TEAS V may be taken twice within a two year period, but not twice in the same semester. Scores are valid for two years. Information about scheduling and preparing for the TEAS can be found at www.atitesting.com
ETSU College of Nursing does NOT require references, a personal statement or professional experience for admission.
Applicants are ranked by a point system which includes 100 possible points in 4 areas: Overall GPA, Math/Science Nursing Pre-requisite GPA, Adjusted Individual Total Score, and Adjusted Individual Reading section score of the TEAS V for a total of 400 possible points. Applicants are admitted in point order.
Students who are admitted to ETSU as a 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.
Progression - Progression in the nursing major is determined by specific criteria which is located in the BSN Student Handbook. http://www.etsu.edu/nursing/bsnhandbook.aspx
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 Education Requirements: 41 Credit Hours
Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a 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, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.