May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S.N.

Jenny Sauls, program director

The Nursing Program consists of four academic years. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the B.S.N. and become eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.

All applicants will be admitted based on academic candidacy route of admissions and rank-ordered based on composite score.

Admission through Academic Candidacy

Applicants will be rank ordered based on composite score (GPA + HESI). Students with less than 7.75 composite will be admitted pending space availability.

For further information about the composite score, see the BSN Program Admission, Progression, and Retention Policy.

All Applicants

  1. Applicant must be admitted to a university prior to completing a program application.
  2. An online application must be on file in the School of Nursing by published application deadlines.
  3. Transcript validation of all prerequisite courses must be on file in the MTSU Records Office by published application deadlines.
  4. At least one biology grade must be posted by application deadline.
  5. Applicants must have no grade less than a C (2.00) in any prerequisite and General Education course with the exception of  Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2010 ), Human Anatomy and Physiology II, (BIOL 2020 ) and Microbiology in Disease (BIOL 2100 ) which requires a B (3.00) by the end of Summer Term (for those entering in Fall Semester), or by the end of Fall Semester (for those entering in Spring Semester).
  6. Scores from a standardized examination along with the inclusive (MTSU and transfer) college grade point average will be used to calculate a composite score and to rank candidates for progression to upper division. To be considered for admission to upper-division nursing, a minimum GPA of 3.00 and a minimum Entrance Exam composite score of 75 is required as well as a 75 minimum subscore on each of the following components of the HESI standardized entrance exam: a. Mathematics; b. Biology; c. Chemistry; d. Anatomy and Physiology.
  7. Students will be asked to present evidence of physical and/or mental health prior to or at any time during their enrollment in the nursing courses. Students must be physically, emotionally, and cognitively able to meet the criteria required for clinical skills. Students must be able to perform clinical skills without physical or psychological threat to themselves or others. Students who have chronic health problems which are controlled and which do not put themselves or others in danger are eligible to be considered for admission.
  8. Faculty reserves the right to determine each student’s eligibility to participate in clinical rotations based upon satisfactory preparation, meeting School of Nursing and clinical agency’s policies, and performance at a safe level of practice. If any of these are not satisfactory, faculty may give a student an unsatisfactory grade and ask a student to leave the clinical agency for the day.
  9. Students with infectious diseases will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences. Causes for clinical absences must be cleared with the instructor and reported to the clinical agency before the clinical experience is to begin. Unexcused absences will be counted as unsatisfactory clinical performance.
  10. Students must attain a minimum grade of B (3.00) in all theory courses as well as a “pass” in each corresponding lab/clinical course.
  11. Students will be dismissed from the Nursing major if they
    1. commit a breach of ethics or gross professional negligence, or
    2. use mind-altering drugs or alcohol when engaged in any nursing activity in or outside of class,
    3. fail to make a ‘B’ or better in all upper-division courses. One repeat is allowed.
    4. fail two or more courses in the same semester;
    5. fail to progress due to unsuccessful attainment of requirements. Students who fail to progress will be readmitted on a space-available basis. Only one readmission for failure to progress will be allowed.
    6. violate the student honor code.
  12. If a student fails a nursing course at MTSU, the course must be repeated at MTSU.
  13. Students from other nursing programs will not be admitted.
  14. Students are allowed to withdraw from nursing courses one (1) time only.
  15. A student may apply to the program a total of two (2) times.
  16. The specific details regarding admission and progression are available online in the document BSN Program Admission, Progression, and Retention Policy. 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Nursing, B.S.N., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 72 hours
Supporting Courses 17 hours*
TOTAL 120-130 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If courses for this program are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the program of study may be completed in 120 hours.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Supporting Courses (17 hours)

Curriculum: Nursing

The following program of study is recommended; however, students are expected to seek advising from the pre-nursing advisor or faculty advisor each semester to ensure proper sequence for program completion. The faculty reserves the right to make changes in curricula requirements and/or course sequencing as appropriate.

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Freshman Spring

Subtotal: 17 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Subtotal: 14 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours