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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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 Program Course Requirements

Accelerated 1st Term

Course ID Title Credits Didactic Lab Clinical
NSG 441 Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan 3  3 -
NSG 442 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3  2
NSG 443 Pharmacology Across the Lifespan  3  3
NSG 460 Mental Health Nursing Concepts 3  2
NSG 444 Nursing Concepts I: Foundations of Professional Nursing Care  4
NSG 445 Clinical Reasoning  2  2
  1st Term Total 21 16 1 4

Accelerated 2nd Term

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  2
NSG 448 Pediatric and Adolescent Nursing Concepts   3  2
NSG 449 Evidence-Based Practice – Concepts of Scientific Inquiry and Evaluation  3  3
NSG 451 Social, Environmental, and Genomic Determinants of Health  3  3 -
  2nd Term Total 19 14 - 5

Accelerated 3rd Term

NSG 452 Population Health Nursing Concepts  3  2
NSG 453  Care Coordination and Transition Management  3  3
NSG 454 Nursing Concepts III: Care for Adult Patients with Acute/Complex Health Problems  7  4
NSG 455 Nursing Leadership and Management  4  4
NSG 456 Nursing Internship: Leadership and Management Practice   3
  3rd Term Total 20 13 - 7
  Program Total 60  43  1  16


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 baccalaureate degree in nursing program at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791,

The BSN Program is accredited by CCNE through June 30, 2020, and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The next CCNE onsite evaluation visit is scheduled September 16-19, 2019.

Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until August 26th, 2019 (21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation). 

Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments that relate to the accreditation standards. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to

Or, if you prefer, mail comments to: 
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791 x268.


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: Sep 3, 2019