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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in nursing program 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, and technology-enhanced classrooms. 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 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

New TBSN Curriculum – Fall 2018

Program Features

  • Direct freshman admission to the nursing major
  • Freshman Nursing Living and Learning Community on campus
  • Active Student Nurses Association within the college
  • 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
  • Technology-enhanced classrooms and accredited 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


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English Composition 101 3 English Composition 102 3
Biology 101 4 Chemistry 110 4
Chemistry 100 4 Statistics 201* 3
Math 125 (Basic Calculus)* 3 Arts and Humanities 3
Psychology 110 3 Elective(s) 3
17 16
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 240 (Human Anatomy)*^ 4 Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology 230 (Human Physiology)*^ 5
Microbiology 210 3 Nutrition 100 3
Child & Family Studies 210 (Human Development) 3 Philosophy 252 (Contemporary Moral Problems) 3
Cultures and Civilizations 3 Cultures and Civilizations 3
Communication Studies 210 or 240 3 Nursing 201 (Introduction to Nursing) 2
16 16
NURS 311 (Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 5 NURS 351 (Pharmacotherapeutics I) 2
NURS 319 (Pathophysiology) 4 NURS 361 (Nursing Care of the Adult I) 5
NURS 333 (Health Assessment) 3 NURS 381 (Nursing Leadership I) 2
NURS 341 (Transcultural Nursing) 2 NURS 382 (Community & Public Health Nursing) 2
14 14
NURS 403 (Maternal-Newborn Nursing) 5 NURS 421 (Contemporary Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing) 5
NURS 404 (Pediatric Nursing)
– or – NURS 421 & 461
5 NURS 461 (Nursing Care of the Adult II)
– or – NURS 403 & 404
NURS 406 (Pharmacotherapeutics II) 2
NURS 451 (Nursing Leadership II) 2 NURS 495 (Senior Practicum) 3
NURS 471 (Nursing Research) 3 NURS 496 (Preparation for Professional Practice)
16-17 13-14

Note: In senior year, N403 & N404 are taken concurrently; N421 & N461 are taken concurrently. 

*See UT Undergraduate Catalog for prerequisites.

^Transfer students may have a total of 8 credit hours for Anatomy & Physiology.

Undergraduate Handbook


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( and is unconditionally approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.