Tennessee State University (TSU) is a public institution governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. It has institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Its undergraduate nursing programs are offered through the School of Nursing and are additionally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). TSU is the largest HBCU (Historically Black College/ University) the state of Tennessee and is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). Nashville, where this campus is located, is nicknamed “Music City USA” and “The Athens of the South,” and is a hub of business and culture. The university has received top rankings from U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) and Washington Monthly (WM), including 10 straight years on USNWR’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” list.
TSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two entry/ completion path. Students new to nursing should apply to the traditional BSN track. If you have your associate’s degree in nursing and are currently licensed as a Registered Nurse, apply for the RN completion track. An AASN (Associate of Applied Science in Nursing) and an LPN-to-RN track are being revised and not currently accepting applications.
Degrees and concentrations offered at this school include:
- Traditional BSN Program
- RN to BSN
Students start as Pre-Nursing majors for the Traditional track BSN and must write an skills assessment exam for admission eligibility.. The program prepares students for nursing roles to improve the health of individuals, families, communities with evidence based nursing care. Some international study opportunities may be available for BSN students, broadening their overall perspective of the nursing profession. (Discuss with an academic advisor). Pre-licensure students are readied for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. RN track students build on their existing nursing skills and knowledge. TSU’s BSN graduates (2015) achieved an 84% employment rate after graduation.
Students need to complete 120 credits for graduation. Traditional track students take 59 credits of nursing in their final two years. RN track students can complete their BSN degree in 12 calendar months (three semesters), taking 30 credits of upper-division nursing and general education courses, plus any other outstanding requirements. Courses for this track are a mix of online and on-campus. A maximum of 30 advanced standing credits for prior nursing course work will be granted. A total of 135 clinical hours are required.
Sample courses include:
- Health Assessment
- Community Health Nursing
- Leadership/ Management
Campus or HQ: Nashville, Tennessee.