TTU School of Nursing offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). During your first two years, you will concentrate on general education (Gen Ed) requirements. The Gen Ed requirements, while giving you a solid educational foundation, will also provide a good foundation for your nursing classes. Your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and sociology will promote your success in your nursing classes and also allow you to understand and interact with patients while in clinical experiences and after you graduate.
Your last two years, a combination of nursing classes and clinicals, will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients in all areas of nursing, including community health.
TTU School of Nursing, in collaboration with the other five Tennessee Board of Regents universities, offers an MSN-RODP program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). By choosing Tennessee Tech as your “home school,” you’re able to earn an MSN with your choice of the following concentrations: Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Nursing Informatics, or Family Nurse Practitioner.
All coursework is done online, and you have a choice of preceptors to complete the clinical experiences. For most Registered Nurses, this program gives you an achievable way to further your education while continuing your job responsibilities.
The checklist below will guide you through the process of applying for the program and navigating through the administrative procedures of the program.
Regents Online Degree Program Guide
This document is intended only as a checklist to guide you in successfully completing the MSN-RODP program. All policies for the program can be found on the RODP web site.
- Those interested in applying should either be a Tennessee resident or should first check the State Authorization for Online Degree Programs to make sure that you are eligible to apply.
- Apply for the MSN-RODP program through the RODP web site at http://www.rodp.org/msn/. Choose your concentration of study and your home school.
- Complete all RODP requirements to be accepted into the MSN-RODP program.
- Wait for an acceptance letter from RODP. If your choice of home schools was TTU and RODP approved your choice, apply for graduate admission at TTU.
If you have questions, your contact at TTU is
, Academic Advisor for the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing, at (931) 372-3229.
- To view details of the MSN-RODP program, visit http://www.rodp.org/msn/ and click on the concentration you're interested in. This page will show you a list of classes you’ll take for your particular concentration. For a detailed syllabus of each class, click on the class number link.
- Keep track of all important dates by visiting the calendar on TTU's home webpage.
- Whenever possible, be advised and get registered during early course selection times. Since you probably live outside the Cookeville area, we won’t require you to visit campus for advisement and registration. Send an e-mail to
with the classes you want to take the next semester, and he will e-mail your Alternate PIN to you. If you’re doing early course selection during the spring semester, make sure you specify which classes you want to take summer semester and which classes you want to take fall semester...you can register for both of these semesters at the same time.
- If you want to take more than 12 hours in a semester, contact Denise Anderson at 931-372-3809 to request a waiver of the 12-hour limit for most graduate students.
- Pay your fees by the appropriate date on the calendar. You may do this by check or credit card through your Eagle Online account.
- Check your TTU e-mail account frequently. This will be the method of communication used to send you information. To find out your TTU e-mail address, look in your Eagle Online account under Personal Information. For directions on setting up your password, getting into iLearn to do your online classes, or to find any other information concerning "computing at TTU", visit ITS.
- Before you complete 15 semester hours, visit the graduate studies web site and print out an Application for Candidacy and Proposed Program of Study for your particular concentration. Completely fill out the program with the semester you plan to complete each class. This plan can be changed at a later date, but it helps to plan course offerings and clinicals. Under the column for the semester you plan to take each class, use the format YYS, where YY is year and S is semester. Fall semester is F, Spring semester is S, and Summer semester is M. As an example, summer 2007 would be 07M. Grades should be letter grades. Send the forms to
. He will fill out the committee members section, get the required signatures, and turn it in for you.
- Email Dr. Melissa Geist, your contact for the FNP concentration, at
at least one semester before you plan to enroll in clinicals. This time is needed to get contracts for preceptors in place. Without these contracts, you will not be able to begin clinicals.
The School of Nursing offers an RN to BSN program for Registered Nurses (RN), with either an AAS or ADN, desiring to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Lower division coursework includes completion of the general education requirements, many courses of which RN students have previously completed. Through the Tennessee Mobility Act, Tennessee Tech is able to award credit for more than half of the upper division nursing courses to qualifying RN-BSN students. The potential for experiential learning credit is available in community health and leadership/management nursing courses. The policy and procedure for experiential credit can be found in the Student Nursing Handbook.
The School of Nursing will review each applicant to the RN-BSN program individually due to the diverse educational background of each student. An individualized curricular plan for each RN to BSN student will be devised to help the student realize the BSN degree.
You can look at the policies and procedures for the RN-BSN program in the Student Handbook. Because of the different backgrounds of RN-BSN students, however, there is not a set curriculum for you to follow.
For Registered Nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Nursing, you might also consider the bridge program which will move you toward your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). You would take four classes to bridge into the MSN-RODP program to earn your master's degree.
For more information about the RN to BSN Option, please contact:
Prof. Barbara Jared
By phone: (931) 372-3460 or Email: