East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN 37614

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a public institution in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is also part of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, along with nine other campuses in the state. It was listed as one of America’s Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review. The university was established as a school to educate teachers. It has expanded over the years and now offers a wide selection of degree-granting programs, including several nursing programs. The campus is just 30 minutes from the Appalachian Trail, providing quick access to hiking and wilderness areas.

The university offers seven different nursing programs. The undergraduate options include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and LPN to BSN. Graduate degree programs include standard MSN, DNP, and Ph.D. programs. The nursing programs at ETSU are accredited by the CCNE. With the traditional BSN program, students complete their core requirements during their first three semesters. The remaining five semesters consist of nursing courses and clinical experiences at local facilities. The accelerated program is also completed in five semesters. However, students in the accelerated program should already have most of their core requirements, allowing them to earn their BSN in just 18 months.


Campus LocaleCity: Small
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate71%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (DNP, PhD)
  4. RN to BSN
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. LPN to BSN
  7. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 299
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 110
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 0
Nursing Administration Post-master's certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Post-master's certificate 1
Nursing Education Post-master's certificate 0
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Post-master's certificate 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 16
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 5

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from East Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technology Center at Kingsport
23.34 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Greeneville
25.2 miles away
Washington County Public Schools
36.86 miles away
Appalachian State University
38.71 miles away
The University of Virginia's College at Wise
47.29 miles away
Wise County Vocational Technical School
48.09 miles away
Lee County Career and Technical School
49.52 miles away
Buchanan County Public Schools
65.28 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Tazewell
67.63 miles away
Western Carolina University
82.37 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1927 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
03/01/1993 - 06/30/2006
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1972 - 06/30/2006
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/25/2013 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/08/2006 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/08/2006 - 09/20/2016

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading470 to 540
SAT: Math450 to 590
ACT Composite20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$12,640
30k to 48k$13,504
48k to 75k$17,745
75k to 110k$19,346
Over 110k$19,643
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $278.00 $996.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $444.00 $1,236.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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East Tennessee State University
1276 Gilbreath Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614

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