Degree Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Frederick S. Humphries
Family and Consumer Sciences and
Nursing Education Complex

Once students are accepted into the University they must meet with School of Nursing faculty for advisement each semester.  Once the general education requirements have been met students must formally apply to the School of Nursing BSN Program in the Frederick S. Humphries Building room 310.

Admission Requirements for the Nursing Major

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Completion of 61 hours of lower division required University and general education courses for admission.
  3. A minimum grade of C in each course. Required courses, with grades of D, must be repeated before review for admission.
  4. Completion of the required basic science courses.
  5. Students with 2 or more failing science grades (D or F) are not eligible for admission.
  6. The required entrance examination for the TSU BSN Program is the BSN A2 Admission Assessment Examination. The examination is administered at the TSU Testing Center. Please refer to the Testing Center for information and directions on registration. The required subtests and minimum scores on the BSN A2 Admissions Assessment Examination include: Minimum Math: 75 Minimum Reading Comprehension: 75 Minimum Vocabulary and General Knowledge: 75 Minimum Composite Score: 75 Upon completion of the entrance examination.

Admission Process for the Nursing Major

1.     A completed application must be submitted to the BSN office by March 1st, for Fall admission.  The Admissions Committee will only consider students who have submitted their completed application by the posted date.
2.     Submit the following documents:                                                                        

a) Copies of all college transcripts

b) Current TSU transcript

c) BSN A2 Admission Assessment Examination scores

3.     All general education courses must be completed before beginning junior level nursing courses.  Without exception by Summer I term.
4.     Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.
5.     Students are admitted to the program on a space available basis.
6.     Students who are admitted must have a health examination which indicates satisfactory health, required immunizations, blood titers for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B and the two-step tuberculosis skin tests.  Students must show evidence of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider BLS Status certification for two years with a copy of the certification card, clear criminal background credentials and liability insurance in the amount of $1000000/$6000000 prior to admission to classes in the nursing major (i.e. lecture, learning resources laboratory, and clinical.)  The BSN office will notify the student of the due date for required paperwork.  Always keep copies of health records.

Progression and Retention Requirements

1.     A grade of C or better in lecture and S (satisfactory) in laboratory and clinical evaluation is required in all nursing courses.
2.     A grade of D or F is failing.  A student who earns a failing grade in a BSN nursing course is not eligible to progress and will be dismissed from the BSN program.  Additionally a student cannot transfer to the AAS program at Tennessee State University.
3.     Students who withdraw from a nursing course but continue in other nursing courses for that semester must meet with the Program Director to update their plan for progression.  These students are not allowed to progress in the program until the dropped course or courses are completed.


A designated criminal background check including both the state and federal level may be a requirement for student placement within clinical agencies.  Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical agency may determine to not allow a student's presence at their facility.  This could result in your inability to successfully complete the requirements of the nursing program.  Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment.  


Programs in the School of Nursing are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The ACEN may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA  30326; phone 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020. 

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