Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepares the graduate for beginning practice as a registered nurse in a variety of settings. The BSN is the professional degree that is the cornerstone of education for professional practice, career mobility and advancement. Upon completion of the four year baccalaureate program in nursing, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse.
The UTC BSN program gives students the opportunity to experience a variety of care settings. Classes and clinical groups are small, which allows for individualized attention. The BSN program has outstanding faculty that provide leadership in the area’s health care delivery system and professional organizations.
With a BSN, you are also prepared for graduate study in nursing. The emphasis of the program is on use of knowledge and skills to plan and implement nursing care. Critical thinking and decision-making skills are emphasized.
Students desiring admission or readmission to the nursing major must complete the BSN Application online through their MocsNet account. Students may access their MocsNet account once they are admitted to UTC. Candidates for the nursing major must make formal application by April 1 to begin the nursing program in the fall. Students transferring from other nursing programs should also submit the nursing application by April 1 for the fall class. Enrollment is limited and the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of students who can be admitted.
Students have an opportunity to apply for an open position in the upper-division nursing courses once they have completed the nursing pre-requisite coursework.
The following are considered when evaluating candidates for admission:
1. Apply to UTC prior to the School of Nursing application deadline.
2. Completion of credit hours required for sophomore classification including the following prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a C:
Biology 2060, 2080, 2100
English 1021, 1020
Only two of the pre-requisite courses listed above may be in progress at the time of application.
3. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 point scale at UTC.
4. Minimum Science GPA of 2.50. The nursing major includes a strong biophysical science component; thus the first grade earned in a required science course will be used to compute the student’s science GPA.
5. Interview a BSN or higher Registered Nurse and answer the reflective essay questions.
6. Physical and emotional characteristics appropriate for nursing practice as stated in the Core Performance Standards in the School of Nursing.
Acceptance of transfer and substitute credits in nursing to meet requirements of the curriculum will be determined by the school. A student who transfers into the nursing program at UTC will be required to repeat any nursing or other required courses which are not considered comparable to the UTC curriculum or in which the grade earned is lower than a C. Transfer students must meet the same standards as other students in the program.
Candidates will receive written notification of their admission status by email. Candidates who are accepted for admission must complete a background check and drug screening before being fully admitted. Individuals who are not accepted for a given class, and who desire to be considered for the next class must reapply.
Admission to the Nursing major is limited. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing major. The faculty in the School of Nursing reserve the right to make exceptions to the admission requirements.
Email April Anderson or phone (423) 425-4670