School of Nursing

R.N.-B.S.N. Information

Admission Requirements for the RN-BSN program

Important! You must read (this document describes the admission requirements for the School of Nursing in detail):

Admission Requirements and Process for Acceptance to the Nursing Program

Important Admission Criteria for RNs (please refer to above document for complete list of admission criteria):

-Minimum 2.80 (2.8) Cumulative GPA.
-Proof of RN license through an Associate Degree or Certificate Program.
-No "D" or "F" grade in previous upper-division nursing courses.
-Completion of all required general education courses with a "C" grade or better (please consult the academic advisor).

Application Information

Applying to the MTSU School of Nursing RN-BSN Program

Step 1

Apply for admission to Middle Tennessee State University as a transfer student.

How do I apply? Click this link:  Transfer Students Admission and Application.

Step 2

Apply to the School of Nursing

You will need to submit the following items:

  • School of Nursing BSN Information Sheet.
  • Blue Form (progression form).
  • Copy of current RN License.
  • Proof of personal health insurance (copy of card).
  • Copy of CPR Healthcare Provider Certification (American Heart Association).
  • Physical exam document dated within the last 12 months.
  • AccuSource background check (order confirmation).
  • CLINICAL LABORATORY DOCUMENTATION OF THE FOLLOWING (Page 3 of the physical exam sheet is only a summary)
    1. HEB B positive titer for surface antibodies or waiver.
    2. Varicella Immunization (2 doses) or positive titer.
    3. MMR Immunization (2 doses) or positive titer for each:  Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
    4. 2-Step negative TB skin test within the last 12 months.
    5. DPT immunizations/Td booster within the last 10 years.

Mail items to:

Middle Tennessee State University
School of Nursing, Box 81
Attn: RN-BSN Program
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Or, fax items to (615) 898-5441 - Attn: RN-BSN Program

Step 3

Schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor to review transcripts and develop a play of study.  Click the blue button below and sign up!  Be sure to finalize the appointment.

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Deadlines to apply to the Upper-division RN to BSN program are:

February 1st for Summer Term
April 1st for Fall Term
October 1st for Spring Term
Students will be contacted following the committee evaluation of all applications.

RN-BSN Admitted Student Procedures:

Step 1

Set up your PipelineMT account and look over schedule to find course identification information for those you wish to enroll in.  All nursing courses are restricted by department and require permits before you may register for them. You will need to email permit requests to Yvonne Torres ( with your name, and your University ID (this is referred to as you "M#" and needs to be on ALL correspondences - including written forms or phone conversations) as well as the course names and numbers of each class you wish to register for (i.e. NURS 3010-D01). You will not receive permits until you have successfully submitted all admission paperwork and have been notified of your acceptance into the program.

Once you have been accepted and have requested your permits, you will receive an email to your Pipeline email account notifying you that your permits have been issued.  It is important that you begin to check your Pipeline account on a regular basis.

Step 2

Register for courses. Check the MTSU Business office site to determine
fee payment deadlines and pay fees.

Step 3

Log into the Desire to Learn (or D2L system) to view course syllabus and upcoming assignments for online courses when available (should be available no later than the first day of class).

Progression Standards

  • Students must maintain a minimum of C (2.00) in all nursing courses.
  • Students are expected to seek advising from the nursing faculty each semester to ensure that they are following the proper sequence for completion of the prerequisite courses.
  • Transfer students and returning R.N. students should see a nursing advisor and fill out an updated information/application form.
  • Student be must be physically, emotionally, and cognitively able to meet the criteria required for clinical skills (see Performance Standards).  Student must be able to perform clinical skills without physical or psychological threat to themselves or others.  Students who have chronic health conditions that are controlled and which do not put themselves or others in danger are eligible to be considered for admission.  Students may be asked to present evidence of physical and/or mental health prior to or at any time during their enrollment in the nursing program.  
Note:  Students with disabilities should present themselves
to the Director of Disabled Services for identification of
needed services and advice.
  • More specific details regarding admission and progression are available in the School of Nursing.

Important information for students receiving financial aid!

All RN-BSN students receive 43 hours of Advanced Standing Credit during their last semester to satisfy nursing requirements.  Students are eligible to receive federal funding for up to 150 percent of a program's published length (i.e. for a 120 hour program, the maximum attempted hours is 180).  RN-BSN students who are transferring credit from another university and plan to receive financial aid should contact their assigned counselor in the MTSU Office of Financial Aid (615-898-2830).  In addition, students should review the Financial Aid section of the Undergraduate Course Catalog (Time Limits pg. 43).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I have earned my RN license through an associates program, am I required to complete the same general courses as that of a student who enters the traditional program without a prior nursing background?

A: Yes, to earn your bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State University, you must complete all general education and auxiliary courses designated by the University and the School of Nursing.

Q: Will I be required to come to campus at any point during my enrollment in the RN-BSN program?

A: It is beneficial to make an initial appointment with your academic advisor to review transcripts in person, design a plan of study, and receive copies of paperwork that will need to be submitted prior to graduation.  You should not have to come to campus to complete requirements for the online nursing courses.

Q: What paperwork will need to be submitted while I am in the program?

A: An Upper Division and Intent to Graduate form must be submitted to the CBHS Graduation Coordinator at least two to three semesters prior to when you plan to graduate. A copy of your Upper Division form will be kept in your student folder and must be submitted along with your Intent to Graduate form.  It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with his/her academic advisor to get a signed copy of his/her Upper Division form.

Curriculum Schedule for Registered Nurses

Students holding the RN license must meet all general studies requirements.  Transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine what each student needs for graduation from the program.  A nursing advisor will assist in determining a program of study for each student.  The RN to BSN program may be completed in three (3) full-time semesters if all general studies courses are completed prior to admission.  The School of Nursing assumes neither responsibility over the way general studies courses are offered nor their scheduling.

All nursing coursework, excluding clinical courses, may be taken online.  Clinical experiences are arranged on an individual basis.  Every effort is made to arrange a clinical experience in the students home area.  The MTSU School of Nursing makes every effort to offer courses online during semesters of highest demand. Traditional classroom courses may be taken but no scheduling guarantees can be made.

Highlights of the online program:

  • Online courses are truly interactive.  Students will have the opportunity to meet and consult with faculty as frequently (or more often) than on campus courses.
  • Whenever possible the same faculty who teach on the MTSU campus will monitor, supervise, evaluate and teach the online courses.
  • Students will have assistance through the ITD Help Desk with computer problems related to their course work.  If you are experiencing problems, email for problems with online courses.

Required Upper Division Nursing Courses include the following:

NURS 3010, Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)
NURS 3030, Health Assessment (2 credit hours)
NURS 3040, Health Assessment Laboratory (1 credit hour)
NURS 3111, Professional Role Development (3 credit hours)
NURS 3170, Clinical Pharmacological in Nursing (3 credit hours)
NURS 3370, Health and Gerontology (3 credit hours)
NURS 3570, Health Care Research (3 credit hours)
NURS 4530, Caring for the Community as Client (3 credit hours)
NURS 4560, Community and Mental Health Clinical (3 credit hours)
NURS 4570, Professional Practice and Leadership (4 credit hours)
NURS 4590, Capstone Clinical (3 credit hours)
Guided Elective (3 credit hours)


The MTSU School of Nursing reserves the right to make changes to the sample curriculum plans without notice or obligation.  Please see a nursing advisor prior to registering for courses.

RNs interested in further information should contact Yvonne Torres at (615)898-5950.


(updated 10/21/2014)


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