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College of Nursing

East Tennessee State University

The College of Nursing Honors-in-Discipline (HID) program includes a collection of academically-enhanced nursing courses, seminars and a research thesis directed by a College of Nursing faculty member. The research thesis focuses on an area of student-faculty collaborative interest and could result in a publishable manuscript or presentation at a professional meeting.

HID student

Program Benefits

  • A specially designed, in-depth, hands-on honors curriculum in nursing discipline
  • An Honors-in-Discipline Coordinator for each program
  • Participation in undergraduate research and creative activity in their field, including completion of the year-long Senior Honors Thesis project and opportunities to receive funding to present their research at academic conferences
  • Opportunity to become eligible for Honors-in-Discipline scholarships
  • Priority Registration
  • 24/7 access to an HID computer lab, study room, and classroom in Yoakley Hall
  • Participation in Honors College events
  • Honors graduation, medallion, and transcript recognition
The Honors-in-Discipline Opportunity
  • The College of Nursing Honors-in-Discipline program provides additional nursing education and research opportunities to academically talented students.  The collaborative relationships with nursing faculty, the academically-enhanced nursing courses and small group seminars provide students with opportunities to develop a research study and present the findings during University and regional research forums.  The HID program also provides a strong foundation for baccalaureate students who plan to pursue graduate education.
  • Tennessee residents who participate in the College of Nursing HID program compete for a limited number of scholarships covering tuition and fees for the duration of the HID program (up to 8 semesters including APS support), contingent on maintaining program eligibility.  These scholarships are awarded by the Honors College, not the College of Nursing.
  • Out-of-state students who participate in the College of Nursing HID program are eligible to receive an out-of-state waiver, contingent on maintaining program eligibility.
  • HID students who receive a scholarship must enroll for at least 15 credit hours per semester.
  • HID scholarships have no work requirement.
Admission Requirements

The ETSU College of Nursing Undergraduate Program has determined that all applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for the Honors-in-Discipline program and to remain in good standing:

  • Enrollment in the first semester of nursing courses (Pre-Nursing courses are not considered Nursing courses)
  • An overall college GPA of at least 3.2
How to Apply

Interested undergraduate nursing students must apply for the ETSU College of Nursing Honors-in-Discipline program by November 1 or March 1 each year.  The application form is available here: HID Application

Complete the application and either 1) print the application and deliver to Dr. Kim Sell's office, 2-211 Nicks Hall OR 2) e-mail the application by attaching and sending to

Honors-in-Discipline Documents


For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Kim Sell, HID Coordinator at 423-439-4604 or

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