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Nurses are the health care professionals most people rely on today, whether it's the nurse practitioner who treats their everyday ills at a walk-in clinic or the emergency-room or critical-care nurse who soothes fears while helping save lives. Students who care—about people, about technology, about science, about their colleagues and the community—can join the MTSU School of Nursing's competitive and robust academic programs to develop their commitment to the art and science of nursing.

MTSU and Columbia State Community college partnership

Easing the path to a B.S.N.

MTSU and Columbia State Community College have made it easier for nursing students with associate's degrees to upgrade to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. A partnership announcement in late 2012 offers special advising options and transfer-student coordination to help increase the number of graduates in nursing jobs critical to Tennessee. The agreement even includes special help from Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tenn., to assist with clinical placement and career advancement.

School of Nursing students sponsor MTSU Health Fair

Making connections with campus patients

The members of the MTSU Student Nurses Association aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves — or to ask others to do the same. Each spring, the students in the School of Nursing sponsor the MTSU Health Fair, a half-day event that features free health screenings, health-related giveaways, and advice for the campus community. The free screenings provide test results for patients' hearing, speech, vision, blood pressure, body-mass index, blood glucose, bone marrow, and HIV status. Student nurses, who help administer the tests, also help special resource providers offer information about good mental and sexual health, avoiding and treating eating disorders, and ensuring personal safety.

The degrees in nursing offered by MTSU lead to career opportunities in direct patient care as well as health care-related industries, such as research, compliance, education, and sales. Examples include

  • Bloodbank supervisor
  • Cardiac care nurse
  • Clinical operations/design specialist
  • Clinical researcher
  • Compliance education
  • Critical care transport nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Home health care professional
  • Health, wellness, and fitness education
  • Nursing education
  • On-site nurse programs
  • Patient case manager
  • Pharmaceutical salesperson
  • School nurses


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Amerigroup Nashville
  • Baptist Hospital
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Community Quick Care
  • Erlanger Health System
  • Foot & Ankle Centers of Middle Tennessee
  • Gold Skin Care Center
  • LifePoint Hospitals
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • MissionPoint Health Partners
  • Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and SurgiCenter
  • Nashville General Hospital
  • Primary Care and Hope Clinic
  • Roane Medical Center
  • Rolling Hills Hospital
  • Saint Thomas Hospital
  • Stonecrest Medical Center
  • Summit Medical Center
  • Teva Respiratory
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Lisa M. Cejka
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Yvonne Marie Creighton
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Kristi Plunk
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Dr. Jenny Sauls
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Dr. Sherri L. Stevens
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William Todd Vickrey
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Dr. Karen Ward
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Mary K Wetsell
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Undergraduates in the School of Nursing may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree via a traditional four-year baccalaureate program, first as a pre-nursing major and then, after three semesters and acceptance to the upper division, as a nursing major. Currently licensed Registered Nurses (R.N.s) with a diploma or associate's degree can join the R.N. to B.S.N. Program.

Graduate students in the MTSU School of Nursing may pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree offered through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP); four concentrations are available: Advanced Practice: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics. Graduate certificates in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Informatics are available through RODP.

The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

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Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3SON Admission Exam
BIOL 2010/2011 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 2020/20214 
MATH 1530 (Math)3  CHEM 1030/1031, CHEM 1010/1011, CHEM 1110/1111, or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
Soc/Beh Sci3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL16Declare Nursing major SUBTOTAL17Maintain min. 2.80 GPA
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  NURS 30001Titers/immunizations due
BIOL 2230/22314  NURS 30103 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  NURS 30302 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  NURS 30401 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  Guided elective3See NURS office for POD
    NURS 33703 
SUBTOTAL16Apply for adm. to Nursing program SUBTOTAL13Crim. background check; see NURS faculty adv.
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
NURS 3350/33605/3  NURS 3530/35405/4 
NURS 35703  NURS 3550/35603/2 
NURS 31703     
SUBTOTAL14Submit UD and Intent to Graduate forms to graduation coordinator SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
NURS 4330/43405/4  NURS 45704Order pin for ceremony
NURS 4350/43603/2  NURS 45303 
    NURS 45503 
    NURS 45603 
    NURS 45903 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
NOTE: See catalog for information regarding Credit-by-Exam.  Upper-division Nursing majors requires at least a C (2.00) in all major coursework.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN SUMMER
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3Maintain min. 2.80 GPA
FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3SON Admission Exam
BIOL 2010/2011 (Nat Sci)4  BIOL 2020/20214 
MATH 1530 (Math)3  CHEM 1030/1031/CHEM 1010/1011, CHEM 1110/1111, or PSCI 1030/1031 (Nat Sci)4 
Soc/Beh Sci3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL13Declare Nursing major SUBTOTAL14Maintain min. 2.80 GPA
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303Maintain min. 2.80 GPA    
SUBTOTAL3     
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  NURS 30001Titers/immunizations due
BIOL 2230/22314  NURS 30103 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  NURS 30302 
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  NURS 30401 
    Guided elective3See NURS office for POD
    NURS 33703 
SUBTOTAL13Apply for adm. to Nursing Program SUBTOTAL13Crim. background check; see NURS faculty adv.
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
NURS 3350/33605/3  NURS 3530/35405/4 
NURS 35703  NURS 3550/35603/2 
NURS 31703     
SUBTOTAL14Submit UD and Intent to Graduate forms to graduation coordinator. SUBTOTAL14 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
NURS 4330/43405/4  NURS 45704Order pin for ceremony
NURS 4350/43603/2  NURS 45303 
    NURS 45503 
    NURS 45603 
    NURS 45903 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
NOTE: See catalog for information regarding Credit-by-Exam. Upper-division Nursing majors requires at least a C (2.00) in all major coursework.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

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NURS 3000 - Professionalism in Nursing
1 credit hour
Exposes the novice nursing student to the profession of nursing. Concept of professionalism explored and related to nursing. Includes a brief historical review of nursing and nursing theories. Professional values, practice standards,informatics,  and communications with health care professional introduced. Legal implications for nursing explored.

NURS 3010 - Pathophysiology
3 credit hours
(Same as BIOL 3340.) Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021, and BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231. Basic mechanisms of disease processes and their role in disrupting normal physiology. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3030 - Health Assessment
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3040. Principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data (diagnosis). Normal assessment findings and selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored.

NURS 3040 - Health Assessment Laboratory
1 credit hour
Prerequisites: BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; accepted into upper-division nursing. Corequisite: NURS 3030. Opportunity to practice the basic principles and techniques required for the assessment and analysis of data (diagnosis). Normal assessment findings in the adult as well as selected abnormal findings studied. Cultural variations and assessment variations across the lifespan explored. Two-hour laboratory.

NURS 3111 - Professional Role Development
3 credit hours
Socializes the returning R.N. into the role of a baccalaureate nurse. Professionalism in nursing, role transition, history of nursing education, and issues pertinent to returning adult learners.

NURS 3170 - Clinical Pharmacology in Nursing
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: General Education Natural Science; BIOL 2230/BIOL 2231, BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011, BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021; NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3370. Knowledge and responsibility necessary for the assessment and monitoring of clients receiving pharmacotherapeutics. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3350 - Introduction to Nursing Practice
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, and NURS 3370. Corequisites: NURS 3170 and NURS 3360. Introduces nursing care concepts necessary to support basic care of clients across the lifespan; foundation for subsequent nursing courses. Five hours lecture.

NURS 3360 - Introduction to Nursing Practice-Clinical
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, and NURS 3370. Corequisites: NURS 3170 and NURS 3350. Nursing practice applied in laboratory and clinical settings. Six hours laboratory per week for duration of course.

NURS 3370 - Health and Gerontology
3 credit hours
Focuses on the normal aging process and related health care issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Incorporates concepts of health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for those who are aging and their families. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3530 - Caring for Adult Clients I
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, and NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3540. Professional nursing care in a variety of settings for the adult client with simple and chronic health problems. Five hours lecture.

NURS 3540 - Caring for Adult Clients I-Clinical
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3530 . Applying the nursing process in a clinical setting with the adult client experiencing acute and chronic health deviations. Twenty hours clinical/lab per week for duration of course.

NURS 3550 - Caring for the Childbearing Family
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, and NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3560. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the childbearing female and the family. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for the childbearing client. Three hours lecture.

NURS 3560 - Caring for the Childbearing Family-Clinical
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3170, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, and NURS 3570. Corequisite: NURS 3550. Nursing process for applying the clinical application and principles of nursing and family theory to childbearing families. Focuses on health promotion, prevention, and adaptation for childbearing families. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for duration of course.

NURS 3570 - Health Care Research
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3370. Explores the role of the professional nurse by utilizing systematic inquiry and analysis for problem solving and supporting evidence based practice for positive patient outcomes. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4005 - Independent Health Care Study
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the upper division of the nursing program and permission of instructor. Allows the student to pursue individual interests in nursing by contracting with an instructor and documenting the plan of learning as well as its fulfillment. One to three lectures or two to six laboratory hours.

NURS 4035 - Special Topics in Nursing
3 credit hours
Explores selected nursing topics in depth. Specified topic offered each semester according to student interest and faculty availability. Can be taken for a maximum of nine hours.

NURS 4036 - Nursing's Image in the Media
3 credit hours
Explores the variety of images that the public, the media, and nurses hold of nurses and the nursing profession. Examines personal beliefs regarding these images and the influence these beliefs can play in major health care issues.

NURS 4037 - End-of-Life Care
3 credit hours
Focuses on the role of the nurse in end-of-life care across the lifespan and among cultures. Covers a wide range of topics and issues, incorporating a holistic perspective. Students explore their personal values, beliefs, and practices related to end-of-life.

NURS 4038 - Medical-Surgical Practicum
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission to upper division nursing program; NURS 3530 and NURS 3540; and permission of instructor. Allows students to pursue individual interests in nursing by contracting with an instructor and documenting the plan of learning as well as its fulfillment. Six laboratory hours.

NURS 4039 - Health Care Issues and Trends
3 credit hours
Online course provides opportunities for examination and critical evaluation of significant issues and trends in the current health care environment.

NURS 4040 - Forensic Nursing
3 credit hours
Explores the issues and opportunities in the specialty of forensic nursing and provides an overview of many different roles and positions that nurses can assume, as well as basic information regarding forensic science.  

NURS 4055 - Informatics for the Health Care Professional
3 credit hours
Theoretical foundations of informatics for health care professionals. Examines information technology and tools on the Internet. Emphasis on impact of automated data management through information systems in health care.

NURS 4330 - Caring for Adult Clients II
5 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4340. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of the adult client experiencing complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma. Opportunities for the nursing student to combine acquired knowledge from previous nursing courses and courses from other disciplines with new phenomena encountered in a variety of high acuity care settings. Five hours lecture.

NURS 4340 - Caring for Adult Clients II-Clinical
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4330. Opportunity for nursing students to integrate didactic and empirical knowledge and skills for clients with critical needs into the acute care setting. Understanding of complex, multi-system illness, failure, and trauma in providing nursing care. Twenty hours clinical/lab for duration of course.

NURS 4350 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, and NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4360. Incorporates the nursing process and critical thinking skills into the professional nursing care of children, adolescents, and their families. Explores the principles of growth and development and family-centered care. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4360 - Caring for Children and Teen Clients-Clinical
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, and NURS 3560. Corequisite: NURS 4350. Provides assistance in transferring knowledge to the implementation of nursing care of children, adolescents, teens, and their families in a variety of clinical settings. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for duration of course.

NURS 4530 - Caring for the Community as Client
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, NURS 4360. Corequisites: NURS 4550 and NURS 4560. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts and epidemiological principles related to health promotion and preventive services. Primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention covered. Focuses on the work of an interdisciplinary health care team and concepts of nursing and public health when working with the individual, family, group, and community as client. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4550 - Caring for Clients with Mental Health Alterations
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350 and NURS 4360, and NURS 4530. Corequisite: NURS 4560. Opportunity for students to learn theoretical concepts relating to mental health and psychiatric nursing. Interpersonal and group communication, psychopathology, and legal and ethical issues explored. Methods used in providing nursing care for clients with alterations in mental health presented. Interdisciplinary health care team and its function in the psychiatric setting explored. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4560 - Community and Mental Health Clinical
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, and NURS 4360. Corequisites: NURS 4530, and NURS 4550. Familiarizes the undergraduate nursing student with ways to care for aggregates. Emphasis on clients in the community and in in-patient psychiatric facilities. Sixteen hours clinical/lab per week for duration of class.

NURS 4570 - Professional Practice and Leadership
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, and NURS 4360. Opportunity for students to examine and evaluate theoretical concepts relating to leadership and management in nursing. The learning experiences emphasize the development of strategies that enhance leadership capabilities including decision-making, managing conflict, using power, and delegating. Three hours lecture.

NURS 4590 - Capstone Clinical
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: NURS 3000, NURS 3010, NURS 3030, NURS 3040, NURS 3370, NURS 3350, NURS 3360, NURS 3570, NURS 3170, NURS 3530, NURS 3540, NURS 3550, NURS 3560, NURS 4330, NURS 4340, NURS 4350, NURS 4360. A clinical practicum, pairing senior nursing students with RN preceptors practicing in various fields of nursing within the community. Areas of experience may include clinics, acute and critical care settings, long-term care, and hospice or palliative care. Emphasis placed on development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning, leadership skills, and the transition of student into the role of the professional nurse.