How do I apply to the School of Nursing?

New students should apply for admission to the university and specify Nursing as their major. They should also complete any requirements needed to be fully admitted to the university.

Current students or transfer students, in addition to being admitted to the university, should complete an Application for Upper Division Nursing approximately nine months before they plan to begin Upper Division classes. The Upper Division application is available on the nursing web site at www.tntech.edu/nursing twice per year.

How does the Nursing program at TTU work?

You are admitted into Lower Division Nursing to complete your first two years of general education requirements. You apply to Upper Division Nursing, and you’re chosen based on your GPA.

When is advisement to register for classes?

The academic calendar is shown at www.tntech.edu/calendar. Early advisement is during the middle of fall and spring semesters. Academic Advisors for the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing are Ben Clark and Jamie Gunter. The preferred method of contact is by email. Ben Clark's email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and Jamie Gunter's email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Will having my LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) license help me at Tennessee Tech?

The School of Nursing at Tennessee Tech University does not accept any transfer credits from an LPN program. Some community colleges, however, do have a bridge program for LPNs to receive their associate’s degree. They can then take the NCLEX to receive their license to be an RN (Registered Nurse). They can later enroll for the RN to BSN program at TTU to receive their Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

Your LPN license can help you enter directly into the BSN program, as medical experience and licensures are given recognition during the Admissions process.

What if I’m already a Registered Nurse?

You can enroll in the online RN to BSN program to earn your Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). If you happen to have a Bachelor’s degree in something other than Nursing, we offer an online bridge program toward earning your Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Can I attend the School of Nursing part-time?

You can attend school part-time while you’re completing your lower division courses. Accepting a spot in Upper Division, however, is a full-time commitment.

What is the NCLEX?

NCLEX stands for the National Council Licensure Examination. When we talk about the NCLEX, we’re referring to the exam our graduates take to be licensed as Registered Nurses.

What preparation is given for the NCLEX?

Assessment testing is done while in Upper Division. The scores on each test will alert you and the professor of any weakness you may have in a particular area. The professor can then guide you in what to study to raise your competency in that area before you take the NCLEX.

The last semester of Upper Division includes our capstone courses of Community Health and Leadership & Management. During this semester, the professors will do review work for the NCLEX.

After graduation, we encourage an intensive three-day review that’s offered on campus.

How can I be sure you received my Application for Upper Division Nursing?

If you put an e-mail address on your application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

Will my credits transfer? Who do I need to talk to?

You can check your credits against all the other credits that have been transferred into TTU at https://webapps.tntech.edu/mis/Banner_TransferEquiv/instview.asp. Additionally, the Admissions office or one of our academic advisors can give you an indication of whether your credits may qualify.The best way to know that your credits will transfer is to apply for admission to the university and send in transcripts for the schools you have attended. Transfer credit requests are evaluated by individual departments and are not usually formalized until a student applies for admission.

ACT Scoring - does the score have to be above a certain#?




No Nursing specific ACT score is required – however, you may be initially placed in General Health Studies for additional academic support if the Admissions office finds that you have remedial academic coursework to complete.