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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)



The BSN program in nursing combines the unique resources of the UT campus with health care agencies in a manner that enables both faculty and students to participate fully in all facets of the health care delivery system. Facilities at the College of Nursing include a human patient simulator, a clinical practice laboratory, a learning resource center, and state-of-the-art equipment. Clinical instruction is offered for students in major hospitals, community clinics, health departments and schools in the region.

The baccalaureate nursing curriculum is guided by the following assumptions:


  • 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 a complex environment (both internal and external) that affects their health and well-being
  • 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

Information Sessions

Open House Events for High School Students
The College of Nursing's High School Open House Events are designed for high school juniors, seniors, and their families interested in learning more about the BSN program.  During each Open House, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the college, the BSN program and curriculum, the admission process, and tour our state-of-the-art facilities.  Students and Families interested in attending one of the High School Open House Events can get more information by clicking The College of Nursing, High School Open House Events.


Change of major students have an opportunity to attend a Change of Major Information Session. Students interested in apply for a Change of Major in Fall 2017 see the Change of Major Information Session brochure for 2017 (PDF) for a list of sessions. Students interested in applying for a Change of Major in Fall 2018 see the Change of Major Information Session brochure for 2018 (PDF) for a list of sessions.


For More Information

Student Services Office
(865) 974-7606


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.

Admissions Process

Admission and Progression Policy

Admission into the Nursing major is based on the number of available clinical positions. The College of Nursing must limit enrollment in upper-division nursing courses in order to ensure access to adequate clinical facilities and to maintain required faculty to student ratios. There are two processes for admission into the program: 

Incoming Freshman Applicants

Incoming Freshman Applicants must indicate the major code for the College of Nursing when applying through the UT Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applications may be obtained from or by calling (865) 974-2184. Deadlines for application and scholarships are determined each year by Undergraduate Admissions. Students admitted into the College of Nursing in the first year are selected based on academic achievement at the high school level, test scores on the ACT and/or SAT, and interest in and commitment to nursing. 

Students who are admitted into the program as freshmen are eligible to continue into upper-division nursing courses if they meet the following criteria:

  • completion of all required courses in the freshman and sophomore curriculum prior to the fall semester of the junior year
  • minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of all required lower-division coursework (Excess elective credit will not be counted toward this GPA requirement.)
  • minimum grade of “C” or better in all courses
  • maintain full-time study at UT
  • completion of intent to progress form by January 20 of the sophomore year

Failure to fulfill these requirements will make a student ineligible to progress to upper-division coursework. 

Frequently Asked Questions for BSN Admissions (PDF)

Change of Major/Transfer Application Process

Students Applying for Admission in Fall 2017

  • Due to the limited availability of spots in our program this year, we will be unable to make admission decisions for Change of Major applicants until the conclusion of the Spring 2017 semester.  The Fall 2017 application deadline of March 1 still stands.  We want to reinforce the competitive nature of the Fall 2017 admission cycle.  We anticipate we will have under five and perhaps no spots available to offer to applicants who apply through the Change of Major admission process. 
  • Change of Major and Transfer Students may apply for an open position in the junior class nursing courses.
  • Please note that in Fall 2014, the College of Nursing received a much higher number of applications from incoming freshman applicants. The higher-than-normal number of applicants yielded a large freshman class, who entered the University of Tennessee in Fall 2015. This cohort is slated to enter upper-division (clinical) nursing coursework in Fall 2017.
  • Clinical nursing courses are capped at a maximum enrollment of 128 students. Due to the initial size of the Fall 2015 cohort and their significant rates of successful completion of their first year of collegiate coursework, we anticipate several important impacts on the Change of Major/Transfer application process for Fall 2017. 
    • The Change of Major/Transfer application process will operate on a delayed schedule.
    • The Interview Invitation process will be more selective.
    • The Admissions Review process will be more selective.
    • Fewer offers of admission will be made.  
We anticipate fewer than 5 offers of admission will be extended for Fall 2017.
These changes will be implemented for the Fall 2017 Change of Major/Transfer application process due to the high number of students in the Fall 2015 cohort who will be progressing into upper-division (clinical) nursing coursework in Fall 2017.

Updated Application Timeline (January 27, 2017)

​February 1
Application is posted to CON website
​March 1 ​Application deadline
​May 15-19 Re-evaluation of availability and extend invitations for interviews, if needed
​May 22-26 ​Interview applicants, if needed
​May 29-June 2
​Extend offers of admission, if availability allows
Selection Criteria

The Change of Major application process is typically highly competitive and we anticipate it will be more competitive for Fall 2017 due to the limited number of spaces available. 

The three main factors in the selection process are:  academics, an essay, and an interview.

  • Academics – Applicants must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative collegiate GPA.  Applicants must also be on-track to complete all required lower-division coursework for the BSN program prior to starting clinical nursing classes.  While applicants with a GPA between 3.20 – 3.50 are eligible to apply, competitive applicants typically have GPAs of 3.60+.  For Fall 2017, we anticipate that average GPAs for admitted applicants will be higher than the normal competitive range of range of grade point averages. 
  • Essay – Applicants should be able to clearly articulate their interest in nursing as a profession, personal characteristics that they possess which are well-suited to the demands of the field, and future career goals.  Essays should also demonstrate students’ ability to communicate effectively through writing. 
  • Interview – Applicants should be able to demonstrate effective oral communication skills, interpersonal skills suitable for the nursing profession, and thoughtful responses to the questions posed.  Applicants’ responses should reflect their understanding of and commitment to the nursing profession.
  • Supplemental factors also considered in the Change of Major selection process are: exposure to and experience with nursing practice (volunteerism, job shadowing, work experience); extracurricular and leadership experiences; and academic honors.  
How is the selection criteria weighted?

  • Prior academic performance in the required lower-division coursework is a strong predictor of success in upper-division (clinical) nursing coursework.  Due to this predictive relationship, a significant weight (~60% of the final decision) is associated with academic performance. 
  • Applicants’ essay and interviews are each weighted at ~20% each.  
What are the potential outcomes of the Change of Major application process?

​Admitted ​Application is offered admission, offer is conditional on successful completion of all remaining lower-division coursework.
​Waitlist ​Applicant is offered a position on the waitlist, which is unranked. If addtional seats in the program become available, additional offers of admission will be extended to waitlisted applicants.
​Denied ​Applicants are no longer under consideration.
 What are other options for pursuing nursing at UT?

  • Apply to the traditional BSN program for Fall 2018
  • Complete a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and apply to the Accelerated BSN program
I want more information about the Change of Major/Transfer application process.  Can I schedule an appointment with an advisor in the College of Nursing?

We reserve the majority of appointment times during the semester for students who have already been admitted to the nursing major; however, there are certain times where nursing advisors are available:
​August 17-26 ​First day of class through the end of the drop/add period, available between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis
​Various dates ​Change of Major/Transfer Information Sessions, see dates on CON website
​Nov 28- Dec 9 ​By appointment (current UT students should schedule via GradesFirst)- Please note that students who attend an Information Session will be given priority in scheduling


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