Admission to the Nursing Major (for non- RNs)
Students desiring admission or readmission to the nursing major must submit a completed written application on forms available from the School of Nursing. Candidates for the nursing major (Nursing 250-254) must make formal application by February 1 for the fall class and by September 1 for the spring class. Students transferring from other nursing programs should also submit the written application by February 1 for the fall class and September 1 for the January class. Enrollment is limited and the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of students who can be admitted. The following are considered when evaluating candidates for admission:
- Admission to UTC prior to the School of Nursing application deadline.
- Completion of credit hours
required for sophomore classification including the following prerequisite courses
with no grade lower than a C:
Biology 191, 208, 210
English 121, 122
- A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 point scale at UTC.
- Science GPA (calculated on required sciences only). 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 students science GPA.
- ACT or equivalent.
- Number of prerequisite courses completed at UTC.
- TEASTM (Test of Essential Academic Skills). This is a standardized test administered by the School of Nursing.
- Physical and emotional characteristics appropriate for nursing practice.
Candidates will receive written notification of their admission status. Candidates who are accepted for admission must complete a background check 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.
The faculty in the School of Nursing reserve the right to make exceptions to the admission requirements. Written requests for exceptions to admission requirements, supported by evidence of extenuating circumstances, will be considered by the academic affairs committee after an official application for admission to the School of Nursing has been filed.
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.
Expenses and Transportation
In addition to regular education costs, nursing students must meet the following expenses: uniforms, standardized test fees,
yearly liability and health insurance, initial physical examinations, immunizations, CPR certification and others as required. Some nursing courses may require miscellaneous fees. Since clinical experiences in nursing are obtained in a variety of health care settings in local and remote areas, students are individually responsible for transportation to these sites.
Insurance and Health Requirements
Students must meet specific physical examination and immunization requirements as specified by state law and by the rules and regulations set forth by the various clinical agencies. All students must have health insurance and must participate in the schools liability insurance program. Specific information concerning these requirements will be provided to the students at appropriate times by the nursing faculty.
Licensure (for non-RNs)
Upon successful completion of the baccalaureate program in nursing, and upon certification by the director that the student possesses the requirements, the student is eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination-RN. Persons previously convicted of a felony may not be permitted to write the NCLEX exam. Applicants for licensure in Tennessee must obtain an additional background check as specified by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
In view of the nature of nursing and the fact that maintenance and quality of human life may be adversely affected by individuals providing nursing care, the following standards have been adopted and are applied by the nursing faculty.
- To progress in nursing, students are required to: a) make a minimum grade of C or S in all nursing and required courses (exclusive of electives); b) maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0; c) maintain active liability and health insurance policies and other clinical requirements for clinical courses; d) maintain current CPR certification, and e) meet School of Nursing health requirements.
- Students in the Nursing major may earn a grade of D, F, or NC in only one course with a nursing (NURS) designation. If a student earns a second D, F, or NC, the student will be dismissed from the program, even if the second D, F, or NC is earned in the same semester as the first grade of D, F, or NC.
- Students who do not complete a course, or who make a grade of D, F or NC in an undergraduate Nursing course, and who are eligible to repeat a course, are permitted to register for that course on a space-available basis.
- If in the judgment of the professor there is reason to question the emotional or physical condition of a student or the safety or quality of nursing care provided, the professor has the right and obligation to exclude the student from the clinical area. The incident or reason underlying such an action shall be brought to the attention of the course faculty on or before the next clinical day. The student will receive written notification of the recommendation of the course faculty. Should the decision be unacceptable to the student, he/she may appeal to the director, and thereafter in accordance with University policy.