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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

imgOur Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program offers a baccalaureate degree to prelicensured nursing students. Our traditional nursing program can be completed in eight consecutive semesters (four years).

The quality of King's nursing program is evidenced by the significant number of our students who are recruited for key positions before they graduate. Many receive offers for positions from their first-choice employer.

For the School of Nursing application click here. 

King's nursing program is built on a holistic philosophy that promotes caring relationships and critical thinking. You'll learn to:

  • Promote diversity; social tolerance and justice; and personal, interpersonal, and professional development.
  • Support mission work and an interdisciplinary process.
  • Focus on the physical, spiritual, and intellectual dimensions of health.
  • Develop key competencies to promote, maintain, and restore health through planned classroom and clinical experiences.
  • Develop working relationships with faculty who are highly qualified as skilled practitioners and educators.
  • Interact with classmates who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

Nursing StudentYou'll apply classroom knowledge and gain hands-on experience through:

  • Clinical experiences at area hospitals and community settings, where you will gain the skills and knowledge to care for a variety of patients with non-acute and acute illnesses.
  • Research. You will learn techniques to research clinical problems and offer evidence based solutions to improve patient outcomes.
  • The opportunity to participate in mission trips to Honduras, India, Brazil, and Italy, or opportunities in Washington D.C.
  • Service learning by assisting in free health clinics, school systems, and community programs.CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at King University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The School of Nursing programs are fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, and are a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Helpful links for future BSN Students:

Program Outcomes

King nursing graduates are prepared, at the beginning level of practice, to meet the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008). Following completion of the program, all graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), however, the decision to grant a license is determined by the appropriate state board of nursing.

Upon successful completion of the King University Nursing program and licensure, all graduates are prepared as generalist ready to assume professional nursing roles in a variety of hospital or community settings and all have been provided with an adequate foundation for graduate study. The AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice are:

  1. Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice
  2. Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
  3. Scholarship for Evidence-based Practice
  4. Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology
  5. Healthcare Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments
  6. Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes
  7. Clinical Prevention and Population Health
  8. Professionalism and Professional Values
  9. Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate readiness to practice as a generalist professional nurse at the baccalaureate level as evidenced by successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam.
  2. Students will be able to perform a comprehensive health assessment in order to identify actual and potential health risks
  3. Students will be able to analyze evidence presented in research literature in order to identify best nursing care practices.

BSN Faculty

School of Nursing Admission Criteria 

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework taken at all universities and colleges.
  • Nursing prerequisite courses must be completed with a final grade of C or better (Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, Statistics). Science prerequisite courses must be within the past 5 years.
  • Students who have previously failed two nursing courses are unable to apply for admission to the King University School of Nursing pre-licensure BSN Program.
  • Attendance in any other nursing program requires a Letter of Good Standing from the Dean/Director of the program. Contact School of Nursing for details. 423-652-6312
  • Applicants must have no more than 8 core semester hours remaining to be completed before admission (this does not include RELG 1001, ENGL 2010, KING 2000, KING 4000).
  • Applicants must complete the KAPLAN Nursing School Entrance Exam or may submit TEAS testing results with application. Benchmarks for overall and science scores must be met for admission. The KAPLAN Nursing School Entrance Exam may be taken only once per admission cycle at a cost of $60. Dates and times for testing will be made available by the admissions office.

To register for the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test click here

The application process for the traditional process has changed to an online application system provided by a Centralized Application Service made available by our accrediting agency. For further information and instructions about the application system click here.

To apply to the traditional BSN program click here.

To view the Traditional BSN Checklist click here.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission:

  • July 1: Applications to King University; all transcripts must be turned in to the King University Admissions Office.
  • July 20: Completed applications to the School of Nursing must be turned in to the nursing office. Admission decisions will be made by August 1.

Spring Admission:

  • November 1: Applications to King University: all transcripts must be turned in to the King University Admissions Office
  • November 15: Applications to the School of Nursing must be turned in to the nursing office. Admission decisions will be made by December 1.


BSN Handbook

Click here to review the most current Bachelor of Science in Nursing handbook.

BSN Plan of Study

Click here to review the BSN Plan of Study.

Nursing Coursework

To view all required courses for a BSN click here.

For Nursing course descriptions click here.

Laptop Requirement

The BSN program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.





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