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College of Nursing

East Tennessee State University

The dual degree option is available to students currently enrolled in a community college program with an ETSU College of Nursing articulation agreement. Students enrolled in this option begin work on their Bachelor's degree program while simultaneously enrolled in their Associate degree Nursing program. The program is offered each summer and consists of Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology. (Transfer credit may be granted for pharmacology and pathophysiology)

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Program Quick Facts

  • The Program is all online.
  • The Program is offered each Summer Semester.
  • Students are not required to have all general education courses complete prior to starting the program.
  • Students will continue in the RN to BSN Program after completion of the Associate RN Program


Students are admitted to a specific program location and may not switch or mix locations without special permission.

Dual Degree students should contact Matt Johnson (


Program Details

Admissions Criteria
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited Associate nursing degree program which has a dual-degree articulation agreement with ETSU College of Nursing.
  • Must be fully admitted to ETSU prior to classes starting. A delay in applying to the university may delay acceptance into the dual-degree program.
  • Must make a separate application to the College of Nursing by the deadline date and present a minimum 2.60 college grade point average (GPA), on all college-level course work.  Developmental studies grades/quality points will not be used in the calculation of the GPA for admission purposes.
  • Must have earned a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in each required math, science, health science and nursing course. No more than two science/health science courses may have been repeated, and only one science/health science course may have been repeated more than once in order to achieve a minimum grade of "C" (2.0).
Out of State Applications
  • Course and program availability varies by state and is established by each individual State Board of Nursing.

  • Students who reside outside of the state of Tennessee are responsible to contact their State Board of Nursing to confirm whether the course or program meets online degree program requirements in their state of residence prior to application.

Application Process & Selection

There are 2 applications to the program:

  1. Apply to the ETSU, click here.
    • Please apply as a Transfer Student and select HPNU- Nursing Interest Advising (Pre-BSN) for the major.
    • Request ALL college and university transcripts, and high school transcript (if you graduated High School Fall 1989 or after) be sent to ETSU. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the Admissions Office regarding university acceptance (423-439-4213).
    • If you have been accepted at ETSU previously, please complete the online Re-admit Form to the university and request all official updated transcripts be sent to ETSU. No Re-Admission fee required.
  2. Complete the Dual Degree Pre-Assessment Application Form and scan it to Matt Johnson,
    (click on Pre-Assessment Application to apply, or on APPLY NOW link below)

    You can apply to ETSU and complete the Dual Degree Pre-Assessment Application in the same time frame. The College of Nursing will accept Dual Degree applications for the Summer semester (refer to deadline). Admitted students will be classified as Pre-BSN students until they are accepted into the program. The College of Nursing will change the status to BSN when accepted.

    To receive full consideration, students must be fully admitted to East Tennessee State University by the nursing application deadline dates. Since admission to the university can take several weeks, students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the nursing deadlines. Consideration for the HPNU- Nursing Interest Advising major cannot be guaranteed if full admission to the university has not been obtained.

Semester Deadlines to Apply:

  • Summer – April 15

Transfer of Nursing College credits: All nursing courses, in which a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher was earned, will be transferred in as nursing electives. Nursing courses, in which a grade of “C-“ or less was earned, are considered nursing failures. Please contact the Office of Student Services regarding the nursing failure policies and procedures.

Selection Process:

  • Eligible Dual Degree students will be admitted for the Summer semester
  • Eligible applicants will be rank ordered by college level grade point average; admission will be offered to the top ranked applicants and may be limited by space availability. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
  • Eligible applicants who are not admitted must re-apply.

Admission points breakdown:

OVERALL GPA* - 100 Points Available

  • GPA 3.8 to 4.0 = 100 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.6 to 3.79 = 90 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.4 to 3.59 = 80 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.2 to 3.39 = 70 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.0 to 3.19 = 60 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.8 to 2.99 = 50 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.6 to 2.79 = 40 Admissions Points
  • GPA of less than 2.6 = 0 points

Math-Science Requirements GPA** - 100 Points Available

  • GPA 3.8 to 4.0 = 100 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.6 to 3.79 = 90 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.4 to 3.59 = 80 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.2 to 3.39 = 70 Admissions Points
  • GPA 3.0 to 3.19 = 60 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.8 to 2.99 = 50 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.6 to 2.79 = 40 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.2 to 2.59 = 20 Admissions Points
  • GPA 2.0 to 2.19 = 10 Admissions Points
  • GPA of less than 2.0 = 0 points

Also required:

General Education will be required to graduate from ETSU with the BSN Degree.

East Tennessee State University is fully in accord with the belief that educational and employment opportunities should be available to all persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, religion, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

**NOTE (1): General education courses can be determined through individual program planning.

**NOTE (2): Students who enroll in and successfully complete CSCI 1100/INFS 1010 will receive college credit. College credits are not awarded for the proficiency exam.

Application Dates

Students can apply at any time.



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Is this program totally online?


What happens after I apply?

You should expect to receive an email indicating your status to the Dual Degree track. Students are allowed to take Dual Degree nursing courses ONLY during the summer semester. After you are accepted into the program you will receive a packet from the Office of Student Services.

What is the tuition cost?

Tuition cost is determined each fall semester for the following summer (available upon request).

After I complete the Associate RN Program, am I required to re-apply to ETSU or NursingCAS?

No. If a student is not active for one or more semesters he/she must re-admit to ETSU, then contact the RN-BSN advisor. These students are not required to pay the admission fee again.

Note: Students are responsible for submitting all updated transcripts to ETSU Admissions following completion of the Associate RN Program. Failure to submit their transcripts could prevent registration and graduation from ETSU.

Program Contacts
Natalie Honeycutt


Matt Johnson

Student Services
423-439-4528 / Matt Johnson
Nicks Hall, Room 230
Accreditation and Approval

logoThe Baccalaureate degree in nursing program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at East Tennessee State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The ETSU College of Nursing BSN program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Tennessee Board of Nursing 
665 Mainstream Drive 
Nashville, TN 37243 
Telephone 1.615.532.5166

The ETSU College of Nursing BSN program offers eligible candidates membership in the Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honor Society. 

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NOTE: Because of state regulatory requirements for nursing programs, students residing outside the state of Tennessee may be required to complete clinical hours in a Tennessee institution or agency.



Regulatory requirements governing student clinical vary by state and are subject to change. Clinical placement outside of Tennessee is contingent upon approval by the appropriate regulatory bodies and will be evaluated on an individual basis upon admission to the program. Currently, placement in North Carolina and Virginia is allowed.


Licensure Eligibility: 

Acceptance to East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to determine the eligibility requirements for any state in which they will seek licensure post-graduation. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing cannot guarantee licensure eligibility outside the state of Tennessee.



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