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Nursing (BSN)

Our 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 evident 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.

Kaplan Nursing Admissions Test

King University School of Nursing requires students to take the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Test as part of the application process. Learn more and register today.

For the School of Nursing application click here.

Program Overview

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.

You’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.

Program and Student Learning 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.

  1. Provide safe, holistic, effective patient-centered care through utilization of liberal arts preparation, including nursing sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  2. Utilize leadership skills and effective communication to ensure health promotion and wellness needs are met for diverse cultures across the health care continuum.
  3. Integrate evidence-based research into practice for quality improvement of patient care.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of informatics, including patient monitoring equipment, electronic health records, and workflow processes to provide patient-centered care.
  5. Apply basic knowledge of health care policy and finance to manage the complex needs of a variety of patients.
  6. Utilize inter- and intra-professional collaboration to deliver safe, patient-centered care.
  7. Maintain a safe environment for the patient and health care workers by utilizing methods of health promotion and injury prevention in patient care.
  8. Adhere to the ethical and professional values of a nurse, as outlined in the nursing code of ethics and standards of professional practice.
  9. Demonstrate skills and critical thinking consistent with the role of the generalist nurse while providing safe, holistic, and competent care.
  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.
  4. Students will develop a foundational philosophy of Christian principles for personal and professional growth that will serve to enhance both the student and society.

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, Developmental Psychology).
  • 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. 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 program is an online application system provided by a Centralized Application Service made available by our accrediting agency. Click here to apply.

Contact the Admissions Office for questions or additional information at 423.652.4861 or email [email protected].

Note: Current King students will complete a Petition for Acceptance to BSN Program. The petition is available from nursing advisors or BSN program coordinator. Contact the nursing office at 423.652.6312 for additional information.

Apply to the traditional BSN program.

Application Deadlines

The School of Nursing has rolling admissions with programs starting in Fall and Spring semesters.

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 15Applications to the School of Nursing must be turned in to the nursing office. Admission decisions will be made by December 1.


CCNE Accredited

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.

Guaranteed Admission to King University MSN Program Criteria:

Students completing the BSN degree from King University may apply for guaranteed admission to a MSN program during the final semester of the BSN program. In addition to standard MSN admission requirements, students applying for guaranteed admission must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two academic and one professional.
  • Received no academic sanctions during BSN program.

Note: Guaranteed admission is contingent on time of application and seats available per semester.