Middle Tennessee State University Nursing School Review

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was founded in 1911 as a two year teachers school. It became a University and gained its current name in 1965. The campus now covers over 500 acres and the University enrolls 26,000 students each year.

Nursing Programs

The School of Nursing is located under the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This four year degree program starts with three semesters of Pre-Nursing courses, including Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II. To apply to the program, students need to maintain at least a 2.8 GPA and must earn at least a C grade in all nursing courses. Students will also need to take a standardized admission test and have an interview.

All applicants to the program will be ranked by a score based on their GPA, interview, standardized admission test score, and prior healthcare work experience, if any.

Students that graduate the program receive a BSN degree and are allowed to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX).

The BSN program at MTSU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National League for Nursing, Accrediting Commission. It is also approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.


Students who already hold an RN license may apply to the BSN program to continue their education. They will receive advanced standing credit for prior nursing coursework, which will be determined after meeting with a nursing advisor. The credit given will be posted to their transcript during their last semester, before graduation.

Students need to have a minimum 2.8 GPA to apply, and must have earned at least a C grade in all nursing courses. They must also hold a current RN license.

All RN to BSN courses may be taken online, and traditional courses are also available. Clinical courses will still be done in person.


LPNs who hold a current, valid license may apply to this program. They will need to forward all transcripts to the School of Nursing, will have to have at least a 2.8 GPA, and must not have a grade lower than a C in any prior nursing course.

Advanced standing credit will be given for the courses Introduction to Nursing Practice/Clinical and a Nursing Elective, for a total of 12 credit hours.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN program at MTSU is offered online through the Regent’s Online Degree Program (RODP). This program has been approved by the participating universities and by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

To apply, students must be licensed RNs and have either a BSN degree or a bachelor’s in another field with a GPA of at least 3.0. They must also submit transcripts, a resume, and letters of recommendation.

Students may study the specialty tracks of Nursing Administration, Advanced Practice, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Health Informatics.

Master of Science in Professional Science (MSPS)

This program is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree in sciences, business, math, or engineering. This degree has focus tracks of Health Care Informatics, Actuarial Sciences, Biotechnology, and Biostatistics. Students must complete 15 hours of core courses for the master’s program, then will take courses related to their concentration.

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, TN 37132-0001