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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

 

Program Highlights

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700+ Students Enrolled

90% six year
Graduation Rate

94% Retention Rate

 

How to Apply to LCON BSN Program

The Loewenberg College of Nursing traditional BSN program provides education and training for pre-licensure nursing students to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and be eligible, upon graduation, to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) required for registered nurse (RN) licensure. The curriculum is based on requirements of the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBON), as well as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program includes standard core content (pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, foundational nursing skills, evidence-based practice), nursing and clinical content across the lifespan (maternity/OB, newborn, pediatrics, adult, older adult), and content on the profession (mental health, professional nursing, leadership and management, ethics, policy, and transition to practice). Traditional students achieve a four-year degree that includes four semesters of general education and nursing prerequisite courses (120 credits) and four semesters of courses in the nursing major (120 credits). View program curriculum >

Four Traditional Semesters

Fall Semester

      

Spring Semester

NURS 3004: Intro to Pharm & Med Admin
NURS 3005: Intro Professional Nursing
NURS 3101/03: Health Assessment/Lab
NURS 3105: Foundations of Patient-Center Care
NURS 3106: Foundational Nursing Skills
NURS 3400: Clinical Pathophysiology

 

NURS 3000: Pharmacology in Nursing
NURS 3127/9: Mental Health/Practicum
NURS 3205/6: Nursing of the Adult I/Practicum                  
NURS 3217/9: Nursing/Childbearing Family/Practicum



Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

NURS 3227/9: Pediatric Nursing/Practicum
NURS 3305/6: Nursing of the Adult II/Practicum
NURS 4110: Evidence Based Practice in Nursing
NURS 4127/9: Community Health Nursing/Practicum

 

 

 

NURS 4001: Senior Seminar
NURS 4205/6: Transitions into Professional Nursing/Practicum
NURS xxxx: Nurse Elective
NURS xxxx: Nurse Elective

 

 

 

The Loewenberg College of Nursing BSN Program pre-admits freshmen to the four semester, full-time BSN program. Applicants meeting admission criteria may apply to the traditional BSN program in their senior year of high school. Students pre-admitted to the BSN program complete nursing prerequisite and general education courses in the freshman and sophomore year. Students in good standing and meeting all admission criteria are guaranteed admission to the BSN program. Prospective students, including freshmen are required to apply to the University of Memphis and select their major as Academic Focus-Health Professions. Upon designation, prospective students are categorized as pre-nursing and receive guidance from a pre-nursing advisor at the Academic Advising Center (AAC). To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the AAC at (901) 678-2062 or acc@memphis.edu.

Freshman Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to the UofM as an Academic Focus-Health Professions major.
  2. Submission of a completed online application to the Loewenberg College of Nursing (LCON) prior to January 1.
  3. Completion of high school Algebra I, II, Geometry, Biology, and Chemistry.
  4. Minimum ACT score of 23, with a minimum score of 21 in all areas.
  5. Graduation from an accredited high school with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Students are required to meet the BSN admission criteria in addition to the pre-admission requirements.

BSN Admission Criteria

To be eligible to enter the nursing program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Admitted to the University of Memphis as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum Nursing Program prerequisite GPA of 3.0 for the following courses:
    • CHEM 1010/1011 – Chemistry of Materials/Lab (or CHEM 1110/1111 – General Chemistry/Lab)
    • BIOL 2010/2011 – Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab
    • BIOL 2020/2021– Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
    • BIOL 1230/1231 – Microbiology/Lab
    • MATH 1530 – Probability & Statistics (or equivalent)
    • NUTR 2202 – Nutrition
    • EDPR 2111 – Development Across Lifespan

You may use a Pre-requisite GPA Calculator as a guide to calculate your current pre-requisite GPA before submitting a nursing application.

 

  • Only 1 Nursing Program Prerequisite course may be repeated only once, including labs. If repeated the second earned letter grade of the repeated course will be used in the prerequisite GPA calculation (regardless of if grade is higher or lower). The first letter grade for all remaining Nursing Program Prerequisite courses will be used in the prerequisite GPA calculation.
  • PSYC 1030 – General Psychology is required as General Education Social Science with a “C-” or higher.
  • All General Education courses and all Nursing Program prerequisite courses must be completed or in-progress at the date of application as long as they are complete prior to starting the Nursing Program.
  • A minimum of 60 hours must be complete prior to starting the Nursing Program.
  • Required documentation: (1) Resume; (1) Letter of Interest; (2) two Reference Letters.
  • Clearance of all high school deficiencies.
  • Science courses must be completed within five (5) years of LCON admission. In-person sciences are preferred.
  • Students transferring from another Nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean/Director of the previous Nursing program along with a transcript. Transfer applicants with less than a grade of “C” in a Nursing course will not be eligible. This includes repeated Nursing courses in which a grade above “C” was earned.
  • All transcripts from every college attended must be sent, received, and evaluated by UofM Admissions Office.
  • Applicants must be admitted to the UofM or an active UofM current student for the Term in which they wish to start LCON.


Pre-Nursing Advising:

Academic Advising Center (ACC)
212 Wilder Tower
(901) 678- 2062 | acc@memphis.edu

 

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum Nursing Program prerequisites GPA of 3.0 is required. This prerequisite GPA is determined by calculating the grades from the following eight courses. Each class must be completed with a "C" or higher. 
    • CHEM 1010/1011 – Chemistry of Materials/Lab (or CHEM 1110/1111 – General Chemistry/Lab)
    • BIOL 2010/2011 – Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab
    • BIOL 2020/2021– Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
    • BIOL 1230/1231 – Microbiology/Lab
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    • MATH 1530 – Probability & Statistics (or equivalent)
    • NUTR 2202 – Nutrition
    • EDPR 2111 – Development Across Lifespan

 

You may use a Pre-requisite GPA Calculator as a guide to calculate your current pre-requisite GPA before submitting a nursing application.

 

  • Only 1 Nursing Program Prerequisite course may be repeated only once, including labs. If repeated the second earned letter grade of the repeated course will be used in the prerequisite GPA calculation (regardless of if the grade is higher or lower). The first letter grade for all remaining Nursing Program Prerequisite courses will be used in the prerequisite GPA calculation.
  • PSYC 1030 – General Psychology is required as General Education Social Science with a “C-” or higher.
  • All General Education courses and all Nursing Program prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application submission.
  • A minimum of 60 hours must be completed prior to starting the Nursing Program.
  • Required documentation: (1) Resume; (1) Letter of Interest; (2) two Reference Letters.
  • Clearance of all high school deficiencies.
  • Science courses must be completed within five (5) years of LCON admission.
  • Students transferring from another Nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean/Director of the previous Nursing program along with a transcript. Transfer applicants with less than a grade of “C” in a Nursing course will not be eligible. This includes repeated Nursing courses in which a grade above “C” was earned.
  • All transcripts from every college attended must be sent, received, and evaluated by UofM Admissions Office.
  • Applicants must be admitted to the UofM or an active UofM current student for the Term in which they wish to start LCON.

Printable BSN degree sheet with sample curriculum (pdf)

 

For detailed information about the BSN program, including policies, course names and descriptions, visit the  Undergraduate Catalog

For the most current information regarding tuition, visit the University & Student Business Services.

Additional fees, including clinical practicum fees, materials fees, testing fees, and insurance fees will be required throughout the program. These fees are not included in the university fee schedule. Current fee rates can be found in the LCON Academic Bulletin

Click here for more information on Tuition and Fees

Step 1

Apply to UofM >

Prospective students, including freshmen, transfer, and second-degree students, are required to apply to the University of Memphis and select their major as Academic Focus-Health Professions. Upon designation, prospective students are categorized as pre-nursing and receive guidance from a pre-nursing advisor at the Academic Advising Center (AAC). To schedule an advising appointment, please contact the AAC at (901) 678-2062 or acc@memphis.edu. It is essential to meet all university admissions requirements and adhere to the University of Memphis's application deadline. Current UofM students and admitted transfer students who have met LCON’s admission criteria can proceed directly to Step 2, omitting this initial application step.

 

Step 2

Nursing Cas

Application Fee Waiver >          NursingCAS Application >

Loewenberg College of Nursing (LCON) participates in a Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS). Applicants applying to the Traditional BSN and Accelerated BSN programs will apply online using the NursingCAS application. Search for the University of Memphis Undergraduate Nursing Program to select the applicable program. Students must submit the NursingCAS application by 10:59 p.m. CST on the day of the deadline. Students must pay a non-refundable $60 application fee. For a limited time, you can complete the Application Fee Waiver Form to apply without cost. Applications that are “in-progress” status are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission. Please visit  NursingCAS Application to complete LCON’s online application. For assistance with completing the application, click here NursingCAS Application Walkthrough.

Application Fee Assistance

Loewenberg College of Nursing is offering limited numbers of application fee waivers in the form of coupon codes to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis to offset application fees.  The coupon code covers only the initial application fee, so if you wish to apply to additional programs, you are responsible for the remaining balance.  Note that you cannot redeem a program’s coupon code after you submit your application. You may apply for a fee waiver by completing the LCON NursingCAS Fee Waiver Application Form. If you are approved for the fee waiver, you will be emailed the coupon code along with instructions on how to apply to code.


Deadlines to Apply

Entry Semester Application Opens Application Deadline
Freshman Admission September 15 January 1
Fall Admission September 15 February 15 
Spring Admission June 1 October 1

 

Transcripts Process

Transfer Students

 If you are currently attending a college or university other than the University of Memphis, you must:

  1. Submit an official transcript for all colleges attended to the University of Memphis Admissions Office AND NursingCAS.
  2. List all courses in progress on the nursing application.
  3. Applicants who have prerequisite and/or general courses in progress at the time the application is submitted are required to submit an updated transcript at the end of the semester to NursingCAS and the University of Memphis Admission Office documenting your final grades. Official transcripts are not to be sent to Loewenberg College of Nursing Admission.

Current UofM Students

  1. If you are currently taking courses at the University of Memphis only, you will need to submit an official UofM transcript to NursingCAS only. Loewenberg College of Nursing Admissions can view all courses taken at the University of Memphis.
  2. List all courses in progress on the nursing application.
  3. Applicants who have prerequisite and/or general courses in progress at the time the application is submitted are required to submit an updated transcript at the end of the semester to NursingCAS only documenting your final grades.

Program Materials

  1. Upload a personal statement and resume in the Documents section of NursingCAS.
  2. Upload 2 letters of recommendation in the Reference section NursingCAS.

Please note: Once you have saved an electronic reference, an email request will automatically be sent to the referrer on your behalf. Please advise your referrer to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.

Contact Us

Norma Neal
Norma Neal

Academic Service Coordinator II
Undergraduate Nursing Program 
nneal1@memphis.edu
901.678.3514

Danielle Gunter
Dr. Danielle Gunter

Undergraduate Programs Director 
901-678-5798
mgunter@memphis.edu 

Jeremy Whittaker
Dr. Jeremy N. Whittaker
Associate Dean for Student Success 
J.Whittaker@memphis.edu 
901-678-2879