Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing Major, B.S.N.


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Department Information


Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dean

Dr. Melessia Webb, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

P.O. Box 70664
Phone: (423) 439-4578 or 1-888-37NURSE
Fax: (423) 439-4522
230 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Web address: www.etsu.edu/nursing
Email: nursing@etsu.edu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/etsunursing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/etsucon

Accreditation: 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 seven (7) tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Traditional BSN, Accelerated 2nd degree BSN, ETSU-HVMC Accelerated BSN, ETSU-Sevierville 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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.

Program Track Director/Coordinator  
Traditional Ellen Drummond Director of Undergraduate Programs
Accelerated Second-Degree BSN Track Ellen Drummond Director of Undergraduate Programs
LPN-BSN Program Tabitha Quillen Director of Post-Licensure Programs

RN-BSN Program

Tabitha Quillen Director of Post-Licensure Programs
Mary Campbell Coordinator of RN-BSN Program

 

ETSU/HVMC Accelerated

Ellen Drummond Director of Undergraduate Programs
Lisa Smithgall Co-Director of ETSU/HVMC Accelerated         
Michelle Littleton Coordinator of ETSU/HVMC Accelerated
ETSU/Sevierville Program Carol Sue Plummer Director for BSN Program-Sevierville
Dual Degree Tabitha Quillen Director of Post-Licensure Programs

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 http://www.etsu.edu/articulation/equivalencies.aspx. 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 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. https://www.etsu.edu/nursing/undergrad_nursing/handbook.php

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.

Admissions Requirements and Curricula by Program Track


Required Prerequisite Classes (Pre-Nursing): 15 credits


Degree Requirements: 120 credits


Minimum Grade Policy

All students admitted to the nursing major must earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in each required theory and/or clinical nursing course.

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Additional Major Requirements for Admission

Traditional BSN Program


General Education 41-42 credits
Additional Admissions Requirement (HSCI 2230/2231) 4 credits
Major Core 75 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: NURS-BSN    

Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program


General Education Completed in 1st Degree
Additional Admissions Requirements (HSCI 2230/2231) 4 credits
Major Core 72 credits
TOTAL 76 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: NURS-BSN (Accelerated 2nd Degree)   

LPN-BSN Program


General Education 41-42 credits
Additional Admissions Requirement (HSCI 2230/2231) 4 credits
Major Requirements 75 credits
       Core Courses     52 credits
       Articulation Credit     23 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: NURS-BSN (LPN-BSN)   

LPN-BSN Program Major Requirements: 75 credits


RN-BSN Program Nursing Program


General Education 41-42 credits
Additional Admissions Requirements (HSCI 2230/2231) 4 credits
Major Core 32 credits
Electives 43 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Note: Electives may include articulation credit.

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: NURS-BSN (RN-BSN)  

Dual Degree RN-BSN Program


Admissions 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.
https://www.etsu.edu/nursing/undergrad/dual_degree_rn_bsn.php

Additional Information


Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

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