Applications to the School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN program are taken twice a year.
Fall Entry: Application for Fall Semester entry will be available from March 1st to May 1st of each year and are due to the School of Nursing by May 1 of the year the student plans to starting nursing courses in August.
Spring Entry: Application for Spring Semester entry will be available from July 1st to September 1st of each year and are due to the School of Nursing by September 1 of the year prior to starting nursing courses in January.
Admissions Guidelines (approved by TBR January 2008):
In order to apply the student must
Further admission requirements (for ranking of applicant pool) that students must have:
Selection of Candidates
The Admissions Committee of the School of Nursing selects candidates for admission from the students who meet the admission requirements. All applicants who have applied for Spring entry will be notified by mail as soon as possible after October 15 and applicants for Fall entry and as soon as possible after June 15. Because of limited numbers of placements in nursing courses, not all applicants meeting the eligibility requirements to apply for admission will be selected. Selections will be based on a holistic ranking of candidates to included but not limited to the GPA based on APSU general education requirements and nursing pre-requisites only and the score achieved on the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) placement exam. (Designated ROTC Scholarship recipients meeting admission criteria will be approved for admission.)
Students offered an admission position in the School of Nursing must reply by the designated deadline date (to be published by the School of Nursing). Failure to do so will result in loss of admission to the School of Nursing.
Following acceptance into the BSN program, students must:
Provide evidence of liability and health insurance. Evidence of physical and/or mental health may be required following admission or at any time during the program.
Provide verification of a negative report of tuberculin skin test dated no more than two months prior to enrollment in nursing courses (a negative chest X-ray will be required in the context of a positive tuberculin skin test), vaccination or proof of immunity to rubella, varicella, rubeola, and Hepatitis B series; and,
Provide verification of current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPS), comparable to the Health Care Provider Course of the American Heart Association.
Comply with criminal background checks and drug screening as required for eligibility to access entrance into specific clinical agencies as related to clinical course objective.
Pending review by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, persons who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation could be ineligible for Registered Nurse Licensure in the State of Tennessee, even though they have successfully completed the program.
The BSN nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Department of Health, Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). These organizations may be reached at the following:
Tennessee Department of Health, Board of Nursing
227 French Landing, Suite 300
Heritage Place Metro Center
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
61 Broadway 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10006
(212) 363-5555 x 153