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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Are scholarships available for initial licensure BSN programs?
Campus RN Scholarship LogoThe Office of Admissions directs all scholarships for students enrolled in the traditional nursing program. For students enrolled in the BSNA track, CampusRN offers scholarship opportunities: CampusRN has $15,000 in Scholarships Available to Nursing & Allied Health Students.

How long will it take me to complete the BSN degree?
It depends upon the track selected (traditional, LPN-BSN, Accelerated BSN), the number of courses that are transferred, and the number of prerequisites needed to enter the nursing curriculum. Typically, the student spends 1 semester completing the prerequisites prior to entering the 15-month accelerated nursing curriculum.

Do you have any programs that are taught fully online?
The RN-BSN nursing curriculum is taught fully online after a 1 day orientation.

Do you have a part-time program?
For registered nurses that want to complete the RN-BSN, the student has the option of part-time or full-time. Typically, the student takes 6 credit hours per semester. For the other degree options, there are no part-time opportunities.

How do I know what classes will transfer from another college or university?
Once you have officially applied and official transcripts have been received, the Registrar will evaluate your transcripts for transfer credit. The Registrar will mail you a letter detailing transfer credit.

How do I obtain advanced placement and credit by examination?
Advanced placement and credit by examination for various courses can be obtained by reviewing the Undergraduate Academic Catalogue (pp.37-38) or contacting Ms. Cindy Shirley at 731-661-5487 or cshirley@uu.edu for the Jackson Campus or 901-759-0029 Ext. 101 for the Germantown campus.

I finished my initial nursing education 10 to 15 years ago. Do I have to retake any courses?
If you are a practicing registered nurse, you will receive transfer credit for previous academic achievements.

If I am applying for initial licensure in one of the BSN degree tracks, how old can my anatomy and physiology courses be?
A&P I and II must be four hours each with lab and must be taken within five years of the start date of nursing classes.

Do you have financial aid?
Yes, the Federal Stafford Loan is available through the Office of Financial Aid. This is a government supported student loan and must be repaid at the end of your education. You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours during the fall, spring, or summer terms to gain financial aid. There is no Stafford Loan support for the winter term, but financial assistance may be obtained through alternative loans.

What is the tuition cost of your program?
Please see each program page for current tuition rates.

What do I need to do to get started?
Go to the Admissions page for details.

Master of Science in Nursing Program

What are class days and times for MSN Program?
Didactic classes throughout the semesters are held on Thursdays. The clinical requirements may be fulfilled on other days of the week depending on the student's arrangement with the clinical agency. The MSN in Education and Administration will be fully online with clinical experiences scheduled at the student's preference.

Can I work during the program?
Most students work at least part-time during the program.

Is the GRE required for admission to the MSN Program?
The GRE is NOT required for the Master of Science in Nursing Program

Do you have financial aid?
Yes, the Federal Stafford Loan is available through the Office of Financial Aid. This is a government supported student loan and must be repaid at the end of your education. You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours during the fall, spring, or summer terms to gain financial aid. There is no Stafford Loan support for the winter term, but may be obtained through alternative loans. These may be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid.

What is the tuition cost of your program?
Please see each program page for current tuition rates.

What do I need to do to get started?
Go to the Admissions page for details. If you have questions, contact us at 731-661-6545 or nursingadmissions@uu.edu.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Must I have a BSN or MSN to apply to the DNP Program?
Because there are several educational paths in becoming a registered nurse with specialization in a graduate area, you do not have to have a BSN or MSN degree to apply to the DNP Program. You must be a registered nurse and earned a bachelor and master degree, but not specifically a BSN or MSN.

If you lack the BSN or MSN degree, your earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees transcripts along with your clinical experience will be examined to determine if any pre-requisites or co-requisites will be necessary for your DNP Program of study. If selected for an interview for the DNP Program, this area will be discussed during the interview.

What is the delivery method of the DNP Program?
The DNP students will be required to attend campus up to four 1-week sessions per year with an intensive online format through Blackboard, the educational platform for the University. The online format will be delivered as an asynchronous format, but with the opportunity to reach the course professor without difficulty.

Where will I complete my clinical fellowships for the DNP Program?
Your clinical fellowships will be completed in an institution that is agreeable between you, the institution, and your faculty chair. Depending on your current clinical practice environment and the objectives you want to accomplish in completing the clinical fellowships, the clinical experiences may be obtained in your current practice environment or in another institution. It is expected that you will fulfill these requirements near your current residence.

Can I gain certification as an advance practice nurse while being a student in the DNP Program?
The DNP Program is considered a post-master’s program. Therefore, you must demonstrate evidence of advance practice certification in nurse anesthesia or nurse practitioner if applying for one of these tracks. Consideration for the Executive Leadership track does not require prior certification because this is not considered an advance practice nurse role according to CCNE (nurse anesthesia, nurse practitioner, midwifery, and clinical nurse specialist are considered advance practice roles) or the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Is the DNP Program a full-time program?
The DNP Program is considered a full-time program. The Program is not currently being offered as a part-time program. It is expected that 15-20 students will be selected per cohort that progresses in a full-time fashion.

Can I work while enrolled in the DNP Program?
It is not the intent of the DNP student to stop working during enrollment in the DNP Program. The program will be intense and each student will have their individual approach to being successful in the DNP Program. The faculty and staff are here to assist you in promoting your successful completion of the program. The four 1-week sessions on campus per year will consume your weeks of vacation provided by your employer.

Is the GRE or another entrance exam required for application to the DNP Program?
There is no standardized entrance exam required for application to the DNP Program. Please see the admission criteria on the back of the curriculum schema that supports your specialty area of choice.

Do you have financial aid?
Yes, the Federal Stafford Loan is available through the Office of Financial Aid. This is a government supported student loan and must be repaid at the end of your education. You must be enrolled in at least 6 hours during the fall, spring, or summer terms to gain financial aid. For the nurse anesthesia students, it is strongly encouraged that certified or noncertified alternative loans are obtained.

What is the tuition cost of your program?
Please see each program page for current tuition rates.

What do I need to do to get started?
Go to the Admissions page for details. If you have questions, contact us at 731-661-6545 or nursingadmissions@uu.edu.