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    Jun 30, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Major, BS in Nursing

Freshman Admission

Selection is highly competitive and based primarily on academic achievement at the high school level and scores on the ACT and/or SAT, as well as interest in and commitment to nursing. Students admitted into the College of Nursing must (1) achieve a minimum 3.20 grade point average at the conclusion of all required lower-division work, (2) achieve a minimum grade of C or better in all courses, (3) maintain full-time study at UT in order to begin upper-division nursing coursework, and (4) submit an intent to progress by January 20 of the sophomore year.

Change of Major or Transfer Students

Students currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee in another college/major may apply for an open position in the nursing program. Students will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA for courses completed (minimum 3.20 GPA required to be eligible)
  • Cumulative GPA for required science, social science, math, and English courses
  • Number of course withdrawals and repetitions
  • Grade improvement over time
  • Probability of completing all required courses in the freshman and sophomore curriculum prior to fall semester
  • Interest in and commitment to nursing
  • Availability of space

The admissions process is highly selective, with more qualified applicants than spaces available. In recent years, the number and competitiveness of applicants have increased dramatically; therefore, students are encouraged to continue to progress in their current major while completing prerequisite courses.

If a student is selected for admission but then fails to successfully complete all required courses in the freshman and sophomore curriculum (with exception of Arts and Humanities and Cultures and Civilizations) with a grade of C or better prior to the fall semester, the student will not progress and must submit another application the following year.

For admission into the upper division nursing courses (which only begin each fall semester), students must:

  • Complete all required courses in the freshman and sophomore curriculum prior to the fall semester.
  • Submit a BSN Application to UT’s College of Nursing Student Services Office by January 20.
  • Attach transcript(s) of all college/university coursework to application.
    • UTK Students: Attach an Academic History Report (available via MyUTK)
    • Transfer Students: Attach official or unofficial transcript(s)
  • Participate in a 15-20 minute interview with College of Nursing faculty.
  • Applicants who fail to submit a required application item by the deadline or fail to schedule or attend the interview will be ineligible for consideration.

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
BIOL 101 * 4 2.0 cumulative GPA
1Chemistry Sequence* 4 Enrolled in at least 12 hours
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 * 3  
MATH 125 * 3  
PSYC 110 * or PSYC 117 * 3  
Term 2
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 ENGL 102 * with a grade of C or better
1Chemistry Sequence* 4 Enrolled in at least 12 hours
ENGL 102   3  
STAT 201 * or STAT 207 * 3  
3Unrestricted Elective 3  
Term 3
CFS 210 * 3 3.2 cumulative GPA to begin upper division nursing courses
CMST 210 *, CMST 217 , CMST 240 *, or CMST 247 * 3 EEB 240  or BCMB 230  with a grade of C or better
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 Enrolled in at least 12 hours
4EEB 240   4  
MICR 210 * 3  
Term 4
4BCMB 230   5 3.2 cumulative GPA to begin upper division nursing courses
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3 NURS 201  with a grade of C or better
NURS 201   2 Enrolled in at least 12 hours
NUTR 100 * 3 All lower-division requirements fulfilled
PHIL 252 * 3  
Term 5
NURS 311 , NURS 319 , NURS 333 , NURS 341   14 NURS 311  with a grade of C or better
Term 6
NURS 351 , NURS 361 , NURS 381 , NURS 382   14 NURS 351  with a grade of C or better
Term 7
NURS 406 , NURS 421 , NURS 451 , NURS 461   13 Apply to graduate
NURS 471  or NURS 477   3  
Term 8
NURS 403 , NURS 404 , NURS 495 , NURS 496   14 NURS 495  with a grade of C or better
TOTAL 123  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Select sequence from CHEM 100 *-CHEM 110 *, CHEM 120 *-CHEM 130 *, or CHEM 128 *-CHEM 138 *.
2 Chosen from the University General Education list .
3 Any course not already required for the major.
4 Transfer students need a total of at least 8 credit hours in anatomy and physiology.