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Registered Nurse (RN to BSN) Students

Associate degree registered nurses with current, unencumbered nursing licenses may complete the baccalaureate nursing degree at Tusculum College.  Registered Nurse (RN) student course credits 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; RN students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor.

Admission requirements for the RN student seeking a baccalaureate degree are:

  • Meet admission requirements of Tusculum College as a degree-seeking student
  • Meet the following nursing program admission requirements:
    • Earned cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 2.750 or higher,
    • Earned minimum of “C” in all courses (NOTE: “C-” grades are not acceptable), and
    • Submit a School of Nursing application.
  • Provide documentation of graduation (transcript) from a Tennessee Board of Nursing approved associate degree RN program or documentation of graduation from a state approved associate degree RN program elsewhere in the U.S.,
  • Hold an unencumbered, active Tennessee RN license (or hold an unencumbered RN license from another state and be eligible for Tennessee licensure), and
  • Provide documentation of prior nursing practice.

Once the RN student has received provisional acceptance, he/she will have 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 before being fully admitted.

Acceptance of transfer and substitute credits in nursing to meet requirements of the curriculum will be determined by the school. A student who transfers into the nursing program at Tusculum College will be required to repeat any nursing or other required courses which are not considered comparable to the Tusculum College School of Nursing curriculum or in which the grade earned is lower than a “C.”

The following non-nursing courses are required for the nursing bachelor’s degree at Tusculum College. All courses have to be completed at a grade of “C” or higher to be eligible for transfer into the nursing degree.   The courses marked with an asterisk (*) should be completed before applying for admission to the nursing program.  The Walters State Community College course equivalents are listed.


Tusculum   College Walters State Community CollegeNortheast State Community College
Arts & Humanities Core Course Arts & Humanities course
*BIOL 202 Microbiology BIOL 2230/2231 Microbiology
*BIOL 251 Anatomy &   Physiology I BIOL 2010/2011 Anatomy & Physiology I
*BIOL 251 Anatomy &   Physiology II BIOL 2020/2021 Anatomy & Physiology II
CISC 100 Computer as a tool INFS 1010 Computer Applications
CMNS 251 Theory & Practice   of Citizenship SOCI 2210 Sociology of Citizenship
CMNS 330 Hebrew &   Christian Traditions  PHIL 1010 and PHIL 1020   OR   RELG 101 and RELG 102
*ENGL 110 Composition &   Rhetoric ENGL 1010 Composition I
ENGL 111 Composition, Research   & Rhetoric ENGL 1020 Composition II
MATH 135 College Algebra exempt if completed MATH 1530 at WSCC
*MATH 140 Elementary   Statistics MATH 1530 Probability & Statistics
*PSYC 101 Essentials of   Psychology PSYC 1301 General Psychology
PSYC 102 Psychology of   Adjustment PSYC 2110 Psychology of Adjustment
Plus 12 additional hours of coursework

All RN to BSN students will complete the following nursing courses in the order listed below.  The curriculum plan is designed for the working RN who has additional commitments that prevent them from attending on a full-time basis.


Course  Credits
Year 1, Fall OREN 105 The Tusculum Experience (online) 2
NURS 201 Pathophysiological Concepts 3
NURS 301 Pharmacology 4
Year 1, Spring NURS 231 Health Assessment 3
NURS 232 Health Assessment Clinical 1
          (45   lab/clinical hours)
NURS 331 Nursing Theory & Research 4
Year 2, Fall NURS 401 Gerontological Nursing 4
NURS 431 Principled Leadership in Healthcare 3
Year 2, Spring NURS 451 Clinical Informatics 3
NURS 421 Community and Global Health Nursing 4
NURS 422 Community Health Nursing Clinical 2
          (90 clinical   hours)
Year 3, Fall NURS 441 Leadership & Management 4
NURS 442 Leadership & Management Clinical 2
          (90 clinical   hours)

The following courses will be held in escrow until the RN to BSN student reaches the last semester of coursework.  Once in the last semester, the RN to BSN student will receive credit for the courses indicated below.

Course Credits
NURS 211 Introduction to   Professional Nursing 3
NURS 212 Introduction to   Professional Nursing Lab 2
NURS 311 Adult Health Nursing   I 4
NURS 312 Adult Health Nursing   I Clinical 3
NURS 321 Behavioral Health   Nursing 4
NURS 322 Behavioral Health   Nursing Clinical 1
NURS 341 Childbearing and   Women’s Health Nursing   4
NURS 342 Childbearing and   Women’s Health Clinical 2
NURS 351 Nursing Care of   Children 4
NURS 352 Nursing Care of   Children Clinical 2
NURS 411 Adult Health Nursing   II 4
NURS 412 Adult Health Nursing   II Clinical 3
Total credits 36


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.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss completion of the degree requirements, contact the School of Nursing at (423) 636-7430.