Accelerated BSN Program
Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The accelerated BSN program’s objective is to offer individuals with non-nursing baccalaureate or higher degrees the opportunity to complete a nursing program in less time than a traditional baccalaureate program. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) defines accelerated BSN programs as those that can be completed in 12 to 18 months. The UT College of Nursing program is a 12-month accelerated program, not an abbreviated program. For those individuals who have the right balance of intellectual ability, time management skills, emotional fortitude, personal and financial support, an accelerated BSN program can be the ideal entry into practice.
With an increasing number and range of opportunities available in nursing today, the accelerated BSN is a perfect second degree option. Unique features of this program include:
- Twelve-month program (August to August), completed in three full-time semesters.
- Direct transfer of previous baccalaureate degree credits.
- Minimum prerequisite course requirements.
- Excellent clinical experiences at major hospitals, community clinics, health departments, schools, and other health care facilities in the region.
- Highly qualified faculty who are experienced teachers, researchers, and leaders in nursing and health care.
- State-of-the-art classroom, learning resource center, and simulation laboratory facilities.
- Outstanding preparation for the NCLEX, the national licensing exam for RNs. UT College of Nursing graduates consistently exceed both the state and national pass rates.
Students interested in learning more about the Accelerated BSN program are encouraged to attend an Information Session during the Fall 2013 semester. Information sessions are open to any interested student and will cover topics including program prerequisites, typical prerequisite substitutions, the application and selection process, curriculum, costs, and scholarship opportunities. For more details about Information Sessions and to reserve a seat, please see the flyer below or call the Student Services Office at (865) 974-7606.
The baccalaureate nursing curriculum is guided by the assumptions that persons and their health and well-being are the focus of nursing; nursing is a caring practice profession, an art, and a scientific discipline; persons are influenced by complex internal and external environments that impact their health and well-being; and a goal for nursing is to modify environmental factors to promote, maintain, and restore health. The curriculum also integrates the themes of holism, diversity, and caring and emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and leadership and management principles and skills.
A broad base of general education, a thorough study of human behavior, an emphasis on health maintenance, promotion, and restoration, and a strong family and community orientation are all essential components of baccalaureate nursing education. Maintaining a high-quality, relevant program responsive to the increasing complexity of health care delivery, the changing health needs of society, and the changing and expanding role of the nurse, enables graduates of the program to:
- Assume beginning leadership positions in a variety of settings.
- Work collaboratively with other health professionals.
- Function as socially conscious and contributing citizens.
- Pursue advanced education on either a formal or informal basis.
Undergraduate programs in the College of Nursing are accredited by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and are unconditionally approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.
Accelerated BSN Program Prerequisites
|Chemistry I and II||8 semester hours with labs|
|Human Anatomy||4 semester hours with lab|
|Human Physiology||4 semester hours with lab|
|Microbiology||Minimum 3semester hours with lab|
|Statistics||3 semester hours|
|Human Development or
|3 semester hours|
|Nutrition||3 semester hours|
|Bioethics / Medical Ethics
(or another acceptable ethics course)
|3 semester hours|
|Introduction to Nursing
** must be taken at UT / offered online
|2 semester hours|
Accelerated BSN Curriculum
N311 Foundations of Nursing Practice -- 5 hours
N319 Pathophysiology of Health Deviations -- 4 hours
N333 Health Assessment -- 3 hours
N351 Pharmacology I -- 2 hours
N419 Care of the Adult (Didactic) -- 4 hours
N420 Adult Health Immersion (Clinical) -- 4 hours
N471 Nursing Research -- 3 hours
N421 Mental Health Maintenance and
Restoration: Adult -- 5 hours
N454 Professional Leadership Issues -- 2 hours
N342 Transcultural Nursing -- 2 hours
N406 Pharmacology II -- 2 hours
N415 Nursing the Childbearing Family -- 4 hours
N432 Health Promotion and Maintenance
Strategies in the Community -- 3 hours
N444 Care of Children, Adolescents,
and their Families -- 3 hours
46 total hours
Selection of Students
Students will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- Cumulative GPA for all courses completed.
- Cumulative GPA in required prerequisite courses.
- Number of course withdrawals and repetitions.
- Grade improvement over time.
- Probability of completing all required prerequisite courses prior to fall semester.
- Interest in and commitment to nursing.
- Availability of space.
The admission process is highly selective, with far more qualified applicants than spaces available. If a student is selected for admission but then fails to successfully complete all required prerequisites with grades that maintain the GPA at the acceptable level prior to fall semester, the student will not progress into the accelerated BSN program.
How to Apply (PDF)
Students applying to the accelerated BSN program must:
- Submit an Accelerated BSN Application to UT College of Nursing Student Services Office by January 20.
- Attach transcript(s) of all college/university course work to application.
- If selected, schedule and participate in an interview with College of Nursing faculty (TBA).
- Applicants not currently enrolled must also apply for admission to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Accelerated BSN program.
- Applicants who fail to submit a required application item by the deadline or fail to schedule or attend the interview will be ineligible for consideration.
College of Nursing
1200 Volunteer Blvd,
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-4151
Fax: (865) 974-3569