Registered Nurse - No BSN

 

  • Must complete a BSN program.  UTC’s RN-BSN Gateway program enables working registered nurses to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • After BSN is completed:
    • Have current unrestricted RN licensure in Tennessee or eligibility for Tennessee RN licensure
    • BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications prior to enrollment
    • Must have at least 2 years of critical care experience. Critical care experience includes all of the following:
    • SICU, CVICU
    • MICU, CCU
    • PICU, NICU (Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care)

  • Research and shadow CRNAs (2 or more)

  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); Aim to score in at least the 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative. Study courses for the GRE are offered at community colleges and through various professional organizations  

  • Develop resume, professional essay (prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study)

  • Obtain three professional recommendations, including your direct supervisor who can speak about your clinical experience in an acute care setting