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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Nursing is an exciting profession with countless opportunities, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the doorway into the profession. For 20 years in a row, nursing has been voted the most trusted profession in the United States, and nursing employment is expected by grow by 7% over the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Nursing has the highest-ranked BSN program in Tennessee on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of undergraduate nursing programs in its Best Colleges 2022 list.

The college offers two pathways to the BSN. Our Accelerated 2nd-Degree BSN Program is a 12-month degree program designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree (non-nursing) prior to acceptance and who are interested in becoming registered nurses. Our Traditional BSN program is a four-semester program designed for students who have earned prerequisites and wish to complete their nursing degree in our dynamic health science center. Both programs are concept-based and prepare graduates for the NCLEX-RN. Nursing graduates provide care throughout the lifespan including the planning, management, and coordination of care across environments. Due to the rigorous nature of the accelerated program, outside employment is strongly discouraged.

Accreditation information: The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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 0
NSG 442 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3  2
NSG 443 Pharmacology Across the Lifespan  3  3  0   0 
NSG 444 Nursing Concepts I: Foundations of Professional Nursing Care  4  0 
NSG 445 Clinical Reasoning  2  2  0   0 
NSG 460 Mental Health Nursing Concepts 3 2  0 1
  1st Term Total 21 16  1 4
 

Accelerated 2nd Term

           
Course ID Course Title Total Hours Didactic Lab Clinical
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  0 
NSG 448 Pediatric and Adolescent Nursing Concepts   3  2  0
NSG 449 Evidence-Based Practice – Concepts of Scientific Inquiry and Evaluation  3  3  0   0 
NSG 451 Social, Environmental, and Genomic Determinants of Health  3  3  0  0 
  2nd Term Total 19 14  0 5
 

Accelerated 3rd Term

Course ID Course Title Total Hours Didactic Lab Clinical
NSG 452 Population Health Nursing Concepts  3  2  0 
NSG 453  Care Coordination and Transition Management  3  3  0   0 
NSG 464 Nursing Concepts III: Care for Adult Patients with Acute/Complex Health Problems  6  4  0  2
NSG 455 Nursing Leadership and Management  4  4  0   0 
NSG 456 Nursing Internship: Leadership and Management Practice   3  0 
NSG 499 Senior Synthesis Seminar 1 1 0 0
  3rd Term Total 20 14  0 6
  Program Total 60  44  1  15

 

View Traditional, 4-Semester BSN Course Requirements

Traditional: 1st term         

Course ID Course Title Total hours Didactic Lab Clinical
NSG 441 Pathophysiology across the lifespan 3 3 0 0
NSG 443 Pharmacology across the lifespan 3 3 0 0
NSG 442 Health Assessment across lifespan 3 2 1 0
NSG 445 Clinical Reasoning 2 2 0 0
NSG 451 Social, Environmental, and Genomic Determinants of Health 3 3 0 0
  First-term total 14 13 1 0

Traditional: 2nd Term

Course ID Course Title Total Hours Didactic Lab Clinical
NSG 444 Nursing Concepts I: Foundations of Professional Nursing Care  7
NSG 452 Population Health Nursing Concepts  3  2  1
NSG 449 Evidence-based Practice: concepts of Scientific Inquiry and Evaluation  3  3  0
NSG 460 Mental Health Nursing Concepts  3  2 0 1
   Second-term total  16  11  5

Traditional: 3rd Term

Course ID Course Title Total Hours Didactic Lab Clinical
NSG 446 Nursing Concepts II: Care for Adult Patients with Acute and Chronic Health Problems 7 4 0 3
NSG 448 Pediatric and Adolescent Nursing Concepts 3 2 0 1
NSG 447 Reproductive, Childbearing and Newborn Nursing Care Concepts 3 2 0 1
  Third-term total 13 8 0 5

Traditional: 4th Term

Course ID Course Title Total Hours Didactic Lab Clinical
NSG 464  Nursing Concepts III: Care for Adult Patients with Acute/Complex Health Problems   6  4  0  2
 NSG 453  Care Coordination and Transition Management  3  3  0
NSG 455 Nursing Leadership and Management  4  4  0
NSG 456 Nursing Internship: Leadership and Management Practice  3   0  0  3
NSG 499 Senior Synthesis Seminar 1 1    
  Fourth-term total  17  12  5

 

BSN Program Outcomes 

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 449   Evidence-Based Practice Concepts of Scientific Inquiry and Evaluation)
  • Communication
    Students will demonstrate appropriate skills in planning, preparing, and presenting effective oral and written presentations. (NSG 452 Population Health Nursing Concepts )
  • 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 456: Nursing Internship: Leadership and Management Practice)

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.

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UT Promise Scholarship

Students in our Traditional BSN option who meet requirements are eligible to receive the UT Promise scholarship.
More information about UT Promise.

Work Agreement
Opportunity

Accelerated BSN students are eligible for work agreements that could cover the cost of in-state and regional tuition. More information is available here.

Partnership Enrollment Programs

Students at  LeMoyne-Owen, Rhodes College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, and Sewanee, the University of the South are eligible for our Partnership Enrollment Programs.  


White Coat Pledgewhite coat pledge

When students receive their White Coats and begin clinical education, they make a pledge that says, in part: "I will promote, advocate for, and strive to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient."

Sep 30, 2022