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Photo of small red stethoscope Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How often does the School of Nursing admit students into the nursing major? The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) School of Nursing starts a cohort into the nursing major every fall semester. The application deadline is April 1 of every year. Instructions for accessing the BSN Application and completing the Reflective Essay questions are online at Students may access their MocsNet account once they are admitted to UTC. 

  2. What are the admission requirements for the School of Nursing application?
    • Students applying for admission to the nursing major must meet the following:
    • Completion of credit hours required for sophomore classification including the following prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a C:
      • Chemistry 1110/1110L Psychology 1010
      • Biology 1910/1910L, 2080/2080L, 2100/2100L Nursing 2260
      • English 1010, 1020
        (Only two of the pre‐requisite courses listed above may be in progress at the time of application.)
    • Minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 point scale at UTC.
    • 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.
    • Interview a BSN or higher Registered Nurse and answer the reflective essay questions.

  3. Is the UTC School of Nursing accredited? The UTC School of Nursing has received a full 10‐year accreditation without any recommendations for improvement for its baccalaureate and master’s degree programs. This follows an examination of an extensive self‐study and a comprehensive onsite evaluation of the school's curricula and resources by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in September 2009.

  4. Does UTC have an associate of science in nursing (ASN)? UTC only offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. For those who have already received their ASN they can complete the Gateway RN‐BSN track.

  5. What is UTC School of Nursing’s NCLEX pass rate?

    Program 1st Attempt Pass Rate Overall Pass Rate
    BSN Program 2011 96% 100%
    BSN Program 2010 95% 100%
    BSN Program 2009 95% 100%

  6. Where do students complete their clinical experiences in the UTC School of Nursing? The UTC School of Nursing is fortunate to have three major hospitals near the campus including a level one trauma center at Erlanger Hospital. Although the majority of clinical experiences are in the hospital setting, students also have the opportunity to experience a variety of clinical experiences. These experiences are in nursing homes, clinics, home health agencies, schools, mental health facilities and the health department.

  7. Does the UTC School of Nursing have a simulation lab?The UTC School of Nursing has a state of the art simulation lab where students have an opportunity to practice their clinical skills in a safe environment. Students will have simulation experiences at each level of the curriculum.

  8. What opportunities are there at the UTC School of Nursing for graduate studies after completion of the BSN? The UTC School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with concentrations in Nurse Anesthesia and Family Nurse Practitioner. In spring 2011, the School of Nursing began offering the MSN to Doctorate of Nursing Practice for those with an advanced practice degree.

  9. How do I apply to one of the programs in the School of Nursing? Students wishing to apply to the School of Nursing must be admitted to UTC to access the School of Nursing application. The application to apply to UTC is available online at  the Admissions Office website. The School of Nursing application will be available in the MocsNet account, which may be accessed upon acceptance to UTC. Detailed instructions for accessing the School of Nursing application and directions for the Reflective essay are online at

  10. Does the School of Nursing offer information sessions for potential students? The UTC School of Nursing works with the UTC Admissions office to offer a combined University campus tour and School of Nursing Information session once a month from September through April. For more information on dates and times for these sessions, please visit the UTC Admissions website. Individual appointments may also be scheduled with the School of Nursing Professional Advisor, (423) 425‐4670.

  11. What is the difference between an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor degree in Nursing? An Associate Degree in Nursing generally takes 2‐3 years to complete. Although they are RNs they do not have the college degrees that allow them to work in all settings. In addition, Associate degree nurses are lim work in ANY setting and are mited in areas of management and graduate study. Nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are called professional nurses and canore likely to attain higher salaries because they can work in different management positions. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree generally takes 4 years to complete.

  12. What can I do as a high school student to prepare to study nursing in college?
    • Take all of the biology and chemistry courses offered in high school.
    • Join health career clubs at your school
    • Talk with nurses in different areas and find out what they do
    • Learn and practice excellent study skills
    • Learn to read and write well

If you have additional questions or would like to meet to discuss the program further, please contact:

April Anderson
School of Nursing Professional Advisor
(423) 425‐4670