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Second Baccalaureate Degree Students

Students desiring to pursue a second baccalaureate degree in nursing at Tusculum College will complete a three-step admission process. The first step is to complete the College’s admission process, be accepted for admission to Tusculum College as a degree-seeking student, and complete the pre-nursing core curriculum courses prior to applying for admission to the nursing program.

The second step required for admission once the pre-nursing core curriculum courses have been completed is applying for admission to the nursing major by the published application deadline. Requirements for admission to the nursing major include:

  • Earned cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 2.750 or higher,
  • Successfully complete OREN 105 (if a current Tusculum student), BIOL 251, MATH 135, ENGL 110 and PSYC 101 with a grade of “C” or higher prior to submission of an admission application to the School of Nursing,
  • Earned minimum of “C” in all courses (NOTE: “C-” grades are not acceptable),
  • Earned cumulative GPA for science and math courses of 2.750 or higher, and
  • Submit a School of Nursing application to by the published deadline.

The third step, once applicants receive provisional acceptance, is to meet all background check, drug screening, immunizations, PPD, health assessment and BLS certification requirements and complete additional non-nursing pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain the cumulative GPA at or above 2.750 before being fully admitted.

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

Courses completed at other colleges will be transferred and awarded according to established policies of Tusculum College. Completion of core requirements and nursing courses for graduation requires individualized schedule planning; students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor.

Once all nursing program applications submitted by the published deadline have been screened, applicants will receive written notification of their admission status. Applicants who are admitted at this time are provisionally accepted.  Applicants who are accepted for admission must complete and pass a background check, drug screening, and immunization and health status assessments, and complete remaining non-nursing prerequisite courses before being fully admitted.

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 School’s web page.