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Degree Requirements

1. To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with the minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and must meet specific grade requirements described below.

2. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned for English 1010 and 1020 and each required math, social science, nutrition, science, upper division, and each required nursing course.

3. Detailed course requirements are described below under General Education Program Requirements, Other Support Course Requirements, and Nursing Course Requirements.

Nursing Major (B.S.N.)

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for University General Education Program requirements. Note the following requirements are specified for this program: Natural Science: BIOL 2010/2011*, 2020/2021*; Social/Behavioral Sciences: PSYC 1030 or SOCI 1010.

B. Support Courses for Nursing Major (10 hours)

Microbiology (4 hours)*: BIOL 1230/1231

Nutrition (3 hours): NUTR 2202 or 3202.

Statistics (3 hours): MATH 1530, EDPR 4541, or SOCI 3311, with a minimum grade of "C". (If MATH 1530 is used for math general education course and support course, the student will need an elective course for the additional 3 hours.

All support courses must be completed with a minimum cumulative grade of "C".

* Science courses must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.66 and must have been completed in the past 7 years. Refer to Science Course Validation section below.

C. The Major (66 hours)

Completion of NURS 3005 (2), 3006 (1), 3105, 3106 (2), 3000, 3101 (2), 3103 (1), 3205, 3206, 3127, 3129 (1), 3217 (2), 3219 (2), 3227 (2), 3229 (2), 3230, 3231, 3305, 3306, 3400, 4110, 4127, 4129 (1), 4205 (4), 4206 (8).

D. Elective (3 hours)

Any upper division course at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Nursing Course Requirements - Basic Students/Accelerated BSN Option

Completion of NURS 3005 (2), 3006 (1), 3105, 3106 (2), 3000, 3101 (2), 3103 (1), 3205, 3206, 3127, 3129 (1), 3217 (2), 3219 (2), 3227 (2), 3229 (2), 3230, 3231, 3305, 3306, 3400, 4110, 4127, 4129 (1), 4205 (4), 4206 (8).

Upper Division Elective (3 hours): Any 3000-4000 course.

Nursing Course Requirements - RN Students

Nursing (31 hours): NURS 3005 (2), 3006 (1), 3101 (2), 3103 (1), 3400 (3), 3000 (3),  4110 (3), 4127 (3), 4129 (1), 4205 (4), 4206 (8).

Upper Division Elective (3 hours): Any 3000-4000 course.

The remaining hours for the major requirements are fulfilled by validation.

Under the Tennessee Career Mobility Plan registered nurses who have graduated from Tennessee schools or out-of-state NLN accredited programs will be able to progress to the baccalaureate degree in nursing without testing to verify previous nursing education. Registered nurses articulating to the baccalaureate level may be awarded or transfer in nursing credits equivalent to approximately one year of nursing courses. For this to occur, a minimum grade of "C" must have been earned in previous nursing course work. Nursing credits transferred or awarded will be held in escrow. These credits will be placed on individual transcripts only after students have successfully completed 15 hours of nursing courses with a minimum grade of "C" in The Loewenberg College of Nursing. Non nursing credits are transferred according to university policies. Testing will be required for graduates of non NLN accredited programs or for students who have not been in active clinical practice in the past three years.

The following represent typical schedule plans for basic students.

Basic BSN Students

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010    3 ENGL 1020    3
BIOL 2010/2011     4 BIOL 2020/2021    4
Humanities*    3 History*    3
History*    3 MATH*    3
Social/Behavioral Sciences*      3 Humanities*    3
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202    3 NURS 3000    3
BIOL 1230/1231    4 NURS 3400    3
Social/Behavioral Sciences*    3 NURS 3101    2
NUTR 2202 or 3202    3 NURS 3103    1
COMM 2381    3 NURS 3105    3
    NURS 3106    2
Semester Totals 16 hrs   14hrs


Junior Year

NURS 3005    2 NURS 4110    3
NURS 3006    1 NURS 3217    2
NURS 3127    3 NURS 3219    2
NURS 3129    1 NURS 3230    3
NURS 3205    3 NURS 3231    3
NURS 3206    3 Statistics    3
NURS 4127    3     
NURS 4129    1    
Semester Totals 17 hrs   16 hrs

Senior Year

NURS 3305    3 NURS 4205    4
NURS 3306    3 NURS 4206    8
NURS 3227    2    
NURS 3229    2    
Upper Div Elective    3    
Semester Totals 13 hrs   12 hrs


*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirements

1 Take one of the following: EDPR 4541, SOCI 3311, or any approved statistics course. If statistics was taken as your general education math, either MATH 1530, you may take an elective course.

Note: Progression Of Nursing Coursework: All courses in group A must be completed before enrolling in any courses in group B. All courses in group B must be completed before enrolling in any courses in group C. All courses in group C must be completed before enrolling in any course in Group D. All courses in group D must be completed before enrolling in any course in Group E.

A. NURS 3000, 3101, 3103, 3105, 3106, 3400.

B. NURS 3005, 3006, 3127, 3129, 3205, 3206, 4127, 4129.

C. NURS 4110, 3230, 3231, 3217, 3219.

D. NURS 3227*, 3229*, 3305, 3306.

E. NURS 4205*, 4206*.

*Accelerated students only may take these courses concurrently.

The following represent a sample full-time schedule for RN students:

RN (Upper Division Requirements)

Senior Year

*Statistics prior to nursing courses.

NURS 3005    2 NURS 4110    3
NURS 3006    1 NURS 4205    4
NURS 3101    2 NURS 4206    8
NURS 3103    1 UD elective    3
NURS 3400    3      
NURS 3000    3      
NURS 4127    3
NURS 4129    1
Semester Totals 16 hrs   18 hrs


* Take one of the following: EDPR 4541, PSYC 3001, or SOCI 3311, or any approved statistics course.

Science Course Validation: If seven years have lapsed since credit was earned in BIOL 2010/2011 and 2020/2021 (Anatomy and Physiology), or BIOL 1230/1231 (Microbiology), the content is considered outdated, and students are required to either repeat the course(s) or validate currency of knowledge. Required validation of current science knowledge for RNs will occur through employer verification, repeating of course, taking a higher level science course in the same field, or obtaining a fiftieth (50th) percentile score or above on the NLN appropriate science test.