Uthsc Nursing Admissions Essay

What are my chances for admission into the College of Nursing?
Admission to the College of Nursing is highly competitive. The number and the quality of applicants will determine the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

What factors are considered in the freshman application review process?
The faculty admission committee seeks to enroll students who, beyond meeting the university’s eligibility requirements, demonstrate high academic achievement, evidence of integrity and personal maturity, and significant school and community involvement and leadership activities, and who represent a broad diversity of cultural, racial, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. While a high grade point average, ACT or SAT composite, sub scores help the competitiveness of an application, it does not guarantee admission as the applications are reviewed on a holistic basis and considers not only metrics, but student attributes and experiences as well.


Are preferences given to any population in the admissions process?
No. Faculty are concerned that students have established the academic foundation that is essential for success in our program.

Does the university accept credit for AP or IB or CLEP exams?
Yes. The scores necessary for credit for each exam are outlined on the University Registrar’s website.

Does the university accept credit for dual enrollment courses?
The University of Tennessee will accept transfer credit of similar content from any two- or four-year accredited institutions, normally institutions with regional accreditation status in the United States. Students from non-US colleges or universities should consult the transfer evaluators in the Office of the University Registrar for transfer eligibility. College transcripts are evaluated after a student is admitted to the university and typically are completed several weeks after the student is admitted. Credits that are not acceptable for transfer include courses that are remedial, occupational, technical, noncredit, or career coursework used for the applied science degree from career and technical programs. For more information regarding dual enrollment and transfer credit transfer, see Transfer Credit Policies and Procedures.

Note: Freshman applicants who anticipate earning more than 45 hours of dual enrollment credits or anticipate earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree upon high school graduation must contact the College of Nursing Student Services Office once they have submitted a freshman application to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Does the University of Tennessee accept the SAT or ACT exam?
Either exam is acceptable; the university does not have a preference for one over the other. The ACT college code for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is 4026. The SAT college code is 1843.

How long does it take to receive a decision on applications?
Applications for direct admission to the nursing major will be sent to the College of Nursing once the application is complete (with all transcripts, test scores, recommendation letters, etc.) and then will be reviewed by the Nursing Faculty Admission Committee. The Nursing Faculty Admission Committee meets on a rolling basis from September through December to review the freshman pool of applications for nursing. Once the application has been received by the College of Nursing, decisions are generally made in four to six weeks.

How can I check the status of my application to the College of Nursing?
After you apply, check your application status online through your VIP account. Your VIP account will also list any documents such as official transcripts or test scores that UT hasn’t yet received. Keep in mind that transcripts and other documents might take a while to show up in the system. Please direct all follow-up questions and concerns to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 865-974-2184.

Can I schedule an individual meeting with an advisor in the College of Nursing Student Services Office to discuss my application?
Due to the volume of applications received, the advising staff is not able to meet individually with potential freshman applicants to answer questions about the program. Freshman applicants are encouraged to attend a High School Open House to learn about the College of Nursing and the competitive admissions process.

I was admitted to another college within the University of Tennessee but would like to change my major to nursing. How can I request this change?
Before the final freshman application deadline of December 15, a student who was admitted to another college within the University of Tennessee but decides to apply to the Nursing major can do so by making a written request to their undergraduate admissions counselor. Students will be asked to compose a nursing statement. Once the written request and nursing statement are complete, the application will be sent to the College of Nursing for review by the Nursing Faculty Admission Committee. Please note that nursing is a competitive major and the change of major and admission to nursing are not guaranteed.

After the final freshman application deadline of December 15, a student admitted to another college within the University of Tennessee who decides to request a change in major to nursing will need to apply through the change of major/transfer application process.

What if I am not admitted into the nursing major?
It is possible for students who have applied to the nursing major to be admitted to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but not the College of Nursing; if this happens, students will be evaluated for admission to their second-choice major. Students not admitted to the program as a freshman can reapply through the change of major application process during spring semester of their sophomore year. See Change of Major and Transfer Student Admissions for more information.

Is there a wait list for freshman direct admission?
Yes, the College of Nursing will establish a freshman direct admission waitlist for Fall 2018. Since we have capacity for only a set number of students in the freshman class, many applicants will not receive offers of freshman admission. A wait list is developed so that applicants may be offered admission if spaces become available in the freshman class.

Applicants that are placed on the waitlist for admission to the College of Nursing will be reviewed by Undergraduate Admissions for admission to the University of Tennessee and the second major of choice listed on the application. We understand that applicants are eager to have a final decision regarding their application, and the College of Nursing plans to make any offers of admission from the waitlist by April 2018.

Applicants may submit updated high school transcripts and submit new test scores if applicable to the Undergraduate Admissions Office which will be added to your application (please do not send application updates to the College of Nursing), however, since offering students admission from the wait list depends on space, additional letters of recommendation or personal visits will not affect the application decision.

Other Questions? Please contact us:

College of Nursing Student Services Office
1200 Volunteer Boulevard, Room 203
Knoxville, TN 37996-4180
Telephone: 865-974-7606
Fax: 865-974-3569
Email: CONadvising@utk.edu

 Admission to BSN Program

Students have an opportunity to apply for an open position in the upper-division nursing courses once they have completed the nursing pre-requisite coursework.

Students desiring admission to the nursing major must complete the BSN Application online. Candidates for the nursing major must make formal application by April 1 to begin the nursing program in the fall and October 1 in the spring.  Students must be admitted to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a degree seeking student to complete the application to the nursing program.  Transcripts for transfer applicants must be evaluated by the UTC Admissions office to be considered for admission.

The following are considered when evaluating candidates for admission:

  1. Completion of credit hours required for sophomore classification including the following prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a C:
    • Chemistry 1110                     
    • Biology 2060, 2080, 2100
    • English 1010, 1020
    • Psychology 1010
    • Nursing 2260 
      (Only two of the pre-requisite courses listed above may be in progress at the time applications are reviewed by the committee)

  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale at UTC

  3. A minimum Science GPA of 2.50. The nursing major includes a strong biophysical science component; thus the first grade earned in a required science course will be used to compute the student’s science GPA.

  4. Interview a BSN or higher Registered Nurse and answer the reflective essay questions which are now part of the online application..

  5. Physical and emotional characteristics appropriate for nursing practice as stated in the Core Performance Standards in the School of Nursing.

Acceptance of transfer and substitute credits in nursing to meet requirements of the curriculum will be determined by the school. A student who transfers into the nursing program at UTC will be required to repeat any nursing or other required courses which are not considered comparable to the UTC curriculum or in which the grade earned is lower than a C. Transfer students must meet the same standards as other students in the program. 

Candidates will receive written notification of their admission status by email. Candidates who are accepted for admission must complete a background check and drug screening before being fully admitted. Individuals who are not accepted for a given class, and who desire to be considered for the next class must reapply. 

Admission to the Nursing major is limited. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing major.  The faculty in the School of Nursing reserve the right to make exceptions to the admission requirements. 


Email April Anderson or phone (423) 425-4670

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