East Tennessee State University
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 LocaleSmall City|
|Number of Students14,353|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - research/scholarship||0||6|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||960 to 1190|
|ACT||19 to 26|
|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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$287/credit|
|In State Students||$287/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,028/credit|
|In District Students||$458/credit|
|In State Students||$458/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,275/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of East Tennessee State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||8%||$2,676|
|State Grant & Scholarships||73%||$4,776|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||37%||$6,579|
|Federal Student Loans||47%||$5,266|
$13,926Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$11,103|
|$30,001 to $48,000$12,787|
|$48,001 to $75,000$16,286|
|$75,001 to $110,000$18,757|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.