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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Effective July 1, 2018, no new students will be admitted to the 17 month option in the Accelerated BSN Program. Students interested in the new 12 month Accelerated BSN Program should contact the College of Nursing to learn more details about submitting their application for Fall 2019.

Current 17-month Accelerated BSN Program

The Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center prepares students for initial licensure as registered nurses. Graduates provide care throughout the lifespan including the planning, management, and coordination of care across environments.

In addition to providing care to those who are ill, graduates are involved in health promotion, clinical prevention, and population-based health care. As the first professional degree in nursing, the BSN also provides for advanced studies at the master’s or doctoral level.

BSN Program Outcomes (17-month program)

The graduate of the BSN Program will be able to:

  1. Use verbal, nonverbal, written, and emerging technology methods to communicate and collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support network.
  2. Deliver safe, spiritually and culturally appropriate evidence-based, patient-centered health promotion and disease and injury prevention interventions.
  3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of patient-centered care.
  4. Demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  5. Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
  6. Apply socio-cultural, economic, ethical, legal, and political factors as a basis for nursing practice.
  7. Demonstrate continuous self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

Fall 2019 12-month Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program

The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing is a 12-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree (non-nursing) completed prior to acceptance and who are interested in becoming registered nurses. This is an intense, full-time program that prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN). Graduates provide care throughout the lifespan including the planning, management, and coordination of care across environments. Due to the rigorous nature of this full-time program, outside employment is strongly discouraged.

View 12-month Accelerated BSN Course Requirements


Course ID Title Credits
NSG 441 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3
NSG 442 Health Assessmet Across the Lifespan 3
NSG 443 Mental Health Nursing Concepts 3
NSG 444 Nursing Concepts I: Foundations of Professional Nursing Care
NSG 445 Clinical Reasoning  2
NSG 446 Nursing Concepts II: Care for Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems  7
NSG 447 Reproductive, Childbearing, and Newborn Nursing Care Concepts  3
NSG 448 Pediatric and Adolescent Nursing Concepts   3
NSG 449 Evidence-Based Practice – Concepts of Scientific Inquiry and Evaluation  3
NSG 451 Social, Environmental, and Genomic Determinants of Health  3
NSG 452 Population Health Nursing Concepts  3
NSG 453  Care Coordination and Transition Management  3
NSG 454 Nursing Concepts III: Care for Adult Patients with Acute/Complex Health Problems  7
NSG 455 Nursing Leadership and Management  4
NSG 456 Nursing Internship: Leadership and Management Practice   3
PHAN 460  Pharmacology Across the Lifespan  3
  Total 60


BSN Program Outcomes (12-month program)

The graduate of the BSN Program will be able to:

  1. Engage in clinical reasoning to make decisions regarding patient care.
  2. Deliver safe, evidence-based, compassionate, holistic patient and family-centered care across the health and illness continuum.
  3. Advocate for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  4. Implement population-focused wellness promotion and illness prevention strategies that consider determinants of health and available resources.
  5. Use effective communication and collaborative skills for professional practice.
  6. Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Evaluate quality improvement processes to optimize safe health care outcomes for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
  8. Employ leadership principles to improve patient outcomes across healthcare systems.
  9. Exhibit a commitment to continuous self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

General Education Competencies

General education competencies for the BSN program are:

  • Critical Thinking
    Students will demonstrate their ability to solve problems, construct and present cogent arguments in support of their views, and understand and evaluate arguments presented by others. (NSG 414 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice)
  • Communication
    Students will demonstrate appropriate skills in planning, preparing, and presenting effective oral and written presentations. (NSG 410 Professional Issues & NSG 415 Health of Populations )
  • Interprofessionalism
    Students will be able to explain interprofessional practice to patients, clients, families, and/or other professionals, describe the areas of practice of other health professions, and express professional pinions competently, confidently, and respectfully while avoiding discipline specific language. (NSG 419 Internship)

General education competencies will be measured via student performance on oral presentations written critiques of research papers, and papers written in capstone courses in the above italicized courses.

Technical and Performance Standards

All students admitted to the BSN program must meet the following core performance standards for admission and progression.

View Technical and Performance Standards
  1.  Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment.
  2. Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, and populations from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  3. Communication abilities sufficient for verbal and written interaction with others. Speak, write and comprehend the English language proficiently.
  4. Use computer to word process, email, and access the World Wide Web.
  5. Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, walk in hallways, maneuver in small spaces, and the strength necessary to lift and transfer patients, including the ability to exert up to 50 lbs. occasionally and 25 lbs. of force frequently. Physical activities include climbing, pushing, standing, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
  6. Gross and fine motor abilities with good balance and coordination sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  7. Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
  8. Visual ability, with close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
  9. Tactile ability and manual dexterity sufficient for physical assessment and to provide nursing intervention including manipulating equipment necessary for providing nursing care.
  10. Computer literacy and adequate computer skills are required.

If a student cannot fulfill these Technical and Performance Standards, with or without accommodations, at any time in the program, the student will be ineligible for admission or continued progression in the BSN Program.  In addition to assuring that students can meet the intellectual, emotional, and physical criteria for the BSN Program, it is of utmost importance that students have the ability to provide for the safety and welfare of their patients and others. Reasonable accommodations will be provided, when appropriate, to help students meet these Technical and Professional Standards. Determination of eligibility and recommendations of accommodations must be made by the UTHSC Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion  Any student wishing accommodations must contact the university’s Office of Student Academic and Support Services and Inclusion at 901-448-5056 (email:



The College of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2020 and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The next CCNE onsite visit is scheduled for September 16-19, 2019.

"The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs." 


Program Documents

Partnership Enrollment Programs

Southwest, Dyersburg State, LeMoyne-Owen, or Rhodes students should click here to learn about our Partnership Enrollment Programs.

12-month 2nd Degree ABSN Concept-Based Curriculum (Fall 2019)

Concept-based curriculum (CBC) and teaching facilitates the development of high level thinking skills such as clinical reasoning, which is essential to effective nursing practice and the growth of the profession. 

Concepts enable the joining together of isolated facts. A few examples of concepts include safety, ethics, caring, informatics/technology, professionalism, and leadership The concepts are taught through the use of exemplars, which are sample cases of the concept that the nurse may experience in practice.

The baccalaureate nursing program is organized around key concepts. These concepts are categorized in three domains:

  • Healthcare Recipient
  • Health and Illness
  • Professional Nursing and Healthcare

Last Published: Dec 5, 2018