Traditional, LPN-BSN and 2nd Degree Criteria

Important Deadlines

Traditional and LPN - BSN October 1 for Spring -- online application available after March 15 until deadline date.  

February 1 for Fall -- online application available after November 1 until deadline date.
Accelerated 2nd Degree February 1 for Summer -- online application available available after November 1 until deadline date. 



General Admissions Requirements:

  1. Students must be admitted to East Tennessee State University by the College of Nursing  application deadlines posted above.

  2. Students must be in progress or have completed all of the ETSU general education courses (or equivalent from Transfer Institution) including HSCI 2010/11 (Anatomy and Physiology I) ; HSCI 2020/21 (Anatomy and Physiology II) ; HSCI 2230/31 (Intro . to Microbiology) ; MATH 1530 (Probability and Statistics).   At least ¾ of the math/science courses must be completed prior to the application deadline.
     
    • Students with prior bachelor’s degrees are exempt from taking General Education Requirements (by virtue of prior degree) but must complete the four required math/science courses or equivalents with at least 3 of 4 completed prior to the application deadline.
    • Students with greater than 2 unsuccessful attempts to complete all required prerequisite math/science courses will be ineligible for admission to the College of Nursing.  Grades below a “C”  ( “C-“, “D+”, “D” “F”) are considered unsuccessful attempts.
    • Transfer students are responsible for making sure courses taken at other institutions are equivalent to ETSU General Education courses.    For further information concerning College of Nursing admissions policies and for a list of approved General Education Courses,  click here. 

  3. A Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.6  as computed by East Tennessee State University excluding developmental coursework is required.

  4. Students must submit (electronically) Math and Reading scores on TEAS V standardized exam.  The TEAS V exam can only be taken once a semester for a maximum of two times within two years.  Scores are good for two years and must be retaken after two years. 

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

Overall GPA (excluding developmental coursework) *

100

Math-Science Requirements GPA (at least 3 of 4 must be complete upon application with remainder in progress and completed by end of term)**  The 3 of 4 aspect of the criteria will be phased in by the Fall 2012 application cycle to allow time for students to meet the new criteria. 

100

TEAS V Reading***

100

TEAS V Math***

100

(400 total points available)



TEAS V Information:


Click here to visit the official site for the TEAS V examination and to register for the exam.  Students must register with ATI, the testing company and not with ETSU.  Study materials may also be obtained from ATI Testing as well. 

The TEAS V is administered through the testing services in the Center for Academic Achievement in the Sherrod Library.   Click here for directions to the Sherrod Library. ETSU must be chosen as a school to receive test results.  

The TEAS V can be taken at other Colleges and Universities but students should make sure they select ETSU to receive the scores.  

Admissions points breakdown:

OVERALL GPA *

100 Points Available

MATH/SCIENCE GPA**

100 Points Available

TEAS V POINTS***
200 Points Available
Math: 100; Reading 100

Overall GPA Ranges

Admissions Points

3.8-4.0

100

3.6-3.79

90

3.4-3.59

80

3.2-3.39

70

3.0-3.19

60

2.8-2.99

50

2.6-2.79

40

<2.6

 
   

Overall GPA Ranges

Admissions Points

3.8-4.0

100

3.6-3.79

90

3.4-3.59

80

3.2-3.39

70

3.0-3.19

60

2.8-2.99

50

2.6-2.79

40

2.2-2.59

20

2.0-2.19

10

<2

0

Adjusted Individual Score

Admissions Points

96-100

100

91-95

90

86-90

80

81-85

70

76-80

60

71-75

50

66-70

40

61-65

30

56-60

20

51-55

10

0-50

0

Each area of the TEAS is worth 100 points and the College of Nursing uses the scores from the  Math and Reading portions only. Admissions points are assigned using the above scale using the  Adjusted Individual Score. 

Total Points Available= 400


Selection Process:

  1. Students first apply to ETSU and indicate interest in BSN major. Admitted students will be classified as "pre-BSN"; however, pre-BSN status does not guarantee admission to the BSN major.

  2. Students must make formal application to the College of Nursing BSN major during the semester in which they will complete (or have in progress) all the admission requirements. Priority application deadlines are October 1 for Spring traditional and LPN-BSN classes and February 1 for Fall traditional and LPN-BSN and the accelerated BSN classes. 

  3. Eligible applicants will be scored according to the approved admissions criteria listed above.  Conditional admission will be offered to the top ranked students.

  4. Conditionally admitted students may advance register for first-semester nursing courses. Final verification of eligibility for these courses is made once semester grades become available. Students who are no longer eligible at the end of the semester of conditional acceptance will be administratively dropped from the nursing courses and must reapply.

  5. Fully admitted students who continue to successfully progress through the nursing major can expect to complete the degree requirements in five semesters.  Traditional and LPN-BSN students attend fall and spring semesters but not summers; Accelerated 2nd Degree program begin the program starting summers and continuing through subsequent fall, spring and summer semesters.

  6. Students who score less than 75% in Math will be required to enroll in NRSE 3005, Dosage and Calculation. Students who score less than 75% in reading will be required to enroll in NRSE 3300 Promoting Academic Success. These 1 credit hour courses ensure that you will have the necessary foundation for success in the nursing program.

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?  an Advisor. 


Core Performance Requirements

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