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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree prepares graduates for beginning practice as a generalist registered nurse in a variety of settings. The BSN is the professional degree that is the cornerstone of education for professional practice, career mobility and advancement. Upon completion of the four year baccalaureate program in nursing, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse.

The Nursing Program consists of nursing and non-nursing courses taken over four academic years. Students enter Tusculum College as pre-nursing majors and must complete the first year of the nursing curriculum consisting of general education courses that are nursing program prerequisites. Most students will apply for admission to the nursing program during the spring term of their first year at Tusculum College.  When a student applies for admission to the nursing program and is provisionally accepted, he/she is then classified as a nursing major. The number of students accepted into the nursing program is limited, making the application process competitive.

The Tusculum College BSN program provides students with the opportunity to provide nursing care in a variety of practice settings. Small classes and clinical groups allow for individualized attention. The BSN program has experienced faculty that provide mentorship and support to students.  The emphasis of the program is on use of knowledge and skills to plan and implement nursing care. However, critical thinking and decision-making skills are also emphasized and upon completion of the program, you are also prepared for graduate study in nursing.

Pre-nursing students should maintain a minimum overall 2.750 cumulative grade point average, a 2.750 average in all science and math courses, and are required to earn no less than a “C” in any course. (NOTE:  “C-” grades are not acceptable).

Prospective nursing students should be aware that nursing clinicals may be offered in day, evening, or weekend shifts.

Nursing Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in the nursing field are “expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by technological advances in patient care, which permit a greater number of health problems to be treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care. In addition, the number of older people, who are much more likely than younger people to need nursing care, is projected to grow rapidly.”

Being a registered nurse is an exciting career choice.  Nurses work with individuals, families, groups and communities, and work with people of all ages.  Nurses work in all types of organizations such as hospitals, physician offices, home health, health departments, VA, clinics, public schools, colleges, etc.  Nurses work with patients in specialty areas, such as critical care, labor and delivery, emergency rooms, rehabilitation care, wound care, and pediatrics.  Once you have worked as a nurse, you may decide to further your education in order to become a nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, a nurse educator, etc.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Nursing Proram is to prepare qualified registered nurse professionals who enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Our Core Values

As the Nursing Program moves forward with its mission, it is guided by the core values of Tusculum College and its own values that are grounded in professional nursing practice that embraces clinical and scholarly excellence. The students, faculty, and staff will:

  1. Communicate with integrity and act with ethical values and principles.
  2. Create an environment of inclusiveness where individual, intellectual and social diversity are valued.
  3. Promote and practice life-long learning, inquiry, and critical thinking.
  4. Partner with our healthcare communities by creating relationships to promote common interests and shared values.
  5. Practice stewardship through fair and responsible management of gifts and resources.
  6. Generate commitment and passion for the practice of nursing.


The nursing program at Tusculum College will prepare individuals to assume entry level, generalist professional nursing positions through educational experiences that are built upon previous nursing preparation and knowledge of the arts and sciences. The program will create an atmosphere in which individuals can develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with professional values and evidence-based nursing care.

Program Outcomes

The Nursing Program outcomes are to:

  1. Support the mission and vision of Tusculum College.
  2. Foster a learning environment that promotes collaboration and continued growth of students, faculty, and staff through student educational experiences that are built upon previous nursing preparation and knowledge of the arts and sciences.
  3. Provide quality nursing education which prepares graduates for employment in generalist professional registered nursing practice positions.
  4. Collaborate with other departments within the College to enhance the educational experience of nursing students.
  5. Prepare nursing students to meet professional nursing standards and the Tennessee Board of Nursing rules and regulations.
  6. Prepare nursing students to be responsive to the changing health care needs of the citizens of Tennessee and the nation.
  7. Recruit and retain qualified nursing faculty who adhere to the philosophy and purpose of Tusculum College and the School of Nursing.
  8. Conduct a systematic plan of evaluation for the nursing program using data and the application of standards for ongoing program and curriculum improvement.

Individuals desiring to pursue the baccalaureate degree in nursing at Tusculum College will complete a three-step admission process (see Admission Requirements).

Admission to the Nursing major is limited. Admission to Tusculum College does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing major.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all applicants and admitted students must be, with reasonable accommodations, physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions of the nursing profession as outlined in the Core Performance Standards of Admission and Progression developed by the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing.  The Core Performance Standards are located in the School of Nursing Student Handbook and are posted on the Core Performance Standards web page.

Program Approval and Accreditation

The baccalaureate program in nursing at Tusculum College is fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243; 615-532-5166.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Tusculum College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.  Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.