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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Effective July 1, 2018, no new students will be admitted to the 17 month option in the Accelerated BSN Program. Students interested in the new 12 month Accelerated BSN Program should contact the College of Nursing to learn more details about submitting their application for Fall 2019.

The Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program is a 12 month program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for 2nd degree students wishing to prepare for initial licensure as registered nurses. Graduates provide care throughout the lifespan including the planning, management, and coordination of care across environments.

In addition to providing care to those who are ill, graduates are involved in health promotion, clinical prevention, and population-based health care. As the first professional degree in nursing, the BSN also provides for advanced studies at the master’s or doctoral level.

BSN Program Outcomes

The graduate of the BSN Program will be able to:

  1. Use verbal, nonverbal, written, and emerging technology methods to communicate and collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support network.
  2. Deliver safe, spiritually and culturally appropriate evidence-based, patient-centered health promotion and disease and injury prevention interventions.
  3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of patient-centered care.
  4. Demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  5. Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
  6. Apply socio-cultural, economic, ethical, legal, and political factors as a basis for nursing practice.
  7. Demonstrate continuous self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

General Education Competencies

General education competencies for the ABSN program are:

  • Critical Thinking
    Students will demonstrate their ability to solve problems, construct and present cogent arguments in support of their views, and understand and evaluate arguments presented by others. (NSG 414 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice)
  • Communication
    Students will demonstrate appropriate skills in planning, preparing, and presenting effective oral and written presentations. (NSG 410 Professional Issues & NSG 415 Health of Populations )
  • Interprofessionalism
    Students will be able to explain interprofessional practice to patients, clients, families, and/or other professionals, describe the areas of practice of other health professions, and express professional pinions competently, confidently, and respectfully while avoiding discipline specific language. (NSG 419 Internship)

General education competencies will be measured via student performance on oral presentations written critiques of research papers, and papers written in capstone courses in the above italicized courses.


The College of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2020 and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The next CCNE onsite visit is scheduled for September 16-19, 2019.

"The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs." 


Program Documents

Partnership Enrollment Programs

Southwest, Dyersburg State, LeMoyne-Owen, or Rhodes students should click here to learn about our Partnership Enrollment Programs.

Last Published: Sep 18, 2018