Students desiring to pursue the educational opportunity leading to the MSN degree at Tusculum University Master of Science in Nursing Program will complete all admission requirements.  Requirements for admission to the MSN program include:

  • Graduation from an accredited associate, baccalaureate or master’s nursing program (depending on the tract for which applying),
  • Earned cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher
  • Have a basic understanding of statistics and basic computer skills
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but is recommended, for associate or baccalaureate applicants with less than a 3.2 GPA
  • Submit a two to three page letter addressed to the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee describing the applicant’s professional goals
  • Submit three recommendation letters from healthcare professionals who can give a reference as to the applicant’s potential (these should be from professionals in supervisory positions and not colleagues or friends; prefer one from a previous professor
  • Holding an unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Tennessee; clinical practicum experiences may necessitate licensure in surrounding states. Compact licenses accepted.

Once admitted, applicants are required to meet all background check, drug screening, immunizations, medical profile, and AHA BLS certification requirements as indicated below.

  • No more than 30 days before enrollment, students must submit a:
    • Immunization record
    • Medical profile
    • Urine drug screen from the designated provider
    • Criminal background check from the designated provider
  • Proof of health insurance will be required at all times when enrolled in the program.
  • AHA BLS certification will be required prior to admission into the program and during enrollment.

All students are admitted conditionally based on passing the urine drug screen and background check. Students must be able to perform the essential functions, and have evidence of  a physical exam and up to date immunizations as indicated in the MSN student handbook and the MSN forms.

Urine Drug Screen

A 12 panel urine drug screen is required before the student can enter the program. The drug screen cannot be older than 30 days prior to beginning the program. Tusculum School of Nursing uses Greeneville IndustriCare at Takoma Regional Hospital. The information is below:

Greeneville IndustriCare

Takoma Regional Hospital

1021 Coolidge Street, Suite 4

Greeneville, TN 37745

Phone: 423-636-9828

Students must be able to fulfill the all student essential functions and core performance measures to begin and remain in the MSN program.

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