East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN 37614
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students14,353
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 43 257
Master's degree 13 113
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 6
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 2
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 87.6%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT960 to 1190
ACT19 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

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).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$287/credit
In State Students$287/credit
Out of State Students$1,028/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$458/credit
In State Students$458/credit
Out of State Students$1,275/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $12,915 $12,915 $46,260
ADN 70 $20,090 $20,090 $71,960
BSN 125 $35,875 $35,875 $128,500
FNP 50 $22,900 $22,900 $63,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 46% $4,464
Other Federal Grant 8% $2,676
State Grant & Scholarships 73% $4,776
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 37% $6,579
Federal Student Loans 47% $5,266
Private Loans 7% $5,080


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$18,291

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.
East Tennessee State University
1276 Gilbreath Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614

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