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Frequently Asked Questions

How often does the School admit students into the nursing major?

The UTC School of Nursing starts a cohort into the nursing major every fall and spring semesters. The application deadline is April 1 for the fall and October 1 for the spring admission.

What are the admission requirements?

Students must meet BSN Checkpoints to remain a pre-nursing major and apply to the School of Nursing.

Checkpoint 1: Maintaining the Pre-Nursing Major*

  • GPA 3.00 or better
  • Completion with a C or better: Engl 1010, Engl 1020, Psy 1010, Chem 1110/1110L, Biol 2060/2060L

*Pre-nursing majors not meeting all of the checkpoints listed above after completing 24 hours will be changed to the undecided major to explore other career opportunities.

Checkpoint 2: Application to BS Nursing**

Students have an opportunity to apply for an open position in the upper-division nursing courses once they reach Checkpoint 2. Students desiring admission to the nursing major must complete the BSN Application online through their MocsNet account. Candidates for the nursing major must make a formal application by April 1 for admission to the fall nursing class and October 1 for the spring nursing class. To access the application for the School of Nursing, students must be admitted to UTC.

  • GPA 3.00 or better
  • Completion with a C or better (may have 2 in progress): Engl 1010, Engl 1020, Psy 1010, Chem 1110/1110L, Biol 2060/2060L, Biol 2080/2080L, Biol 2100/2100L, Nurs 2260
  • 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.
  • Complete Interview with a BSN prepared nurse and answer essay questions
  • Submit School of Nursing online application by posted deadline (instructions online at www.utc.edu/bsn)

**Enrollment is limited, and the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of students who can be admitted. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance. Pre-nursing majors not admitted to the School of Nursing can reapply the following semester or change to the undecided major to explore other career opportunities.

Is the UTC School of Nursing accredited?

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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.

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

Program 1st Attempt Pass Rate Overall Pass Rate
BSN Program 2017 97.3% 100%
BSN Program 2018 98.72% 100%
BSN Program 2019 100% 100%

Where do students complete their clinical experiences?

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.

Does the School use simulation?

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.

Are there opportunities 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, Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. We also offer a post master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice for those with an advanced practice degree and a BSN to DNP in Nursing Administrations Systems. The student in this program can also enroll in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business and earn an MBA concurrently.

Does the School 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.

What is the difference between an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelors 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 limited in areas of management and graduate study. Nurses who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are called professional nurses, can work in any setting, and are more 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.

What can high school students do to prepare to study nursing?

  • 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