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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for my application?

Application deadlines vary by degree in which you are applying.

ASN: Rolling deadline. Best to apply at the VERY beginning of the semester before you wish to enter.
Ex. For Fall entrance, apply in preceding January/ February. For Spring entrance, apply in preceding August/ September.
BSN: Rolling deadline. Best to apply in Fall/ early Spring (Jan/Feb) of preceding school year.
MSN: The programs have deadlines. Please go to the MSN program pages for those deadlines.

How many times a year do your programs begin, and where?

Caylor School of Nursing provides up to three times a year to start your associates in nursing degree, depending on where you want to take classes. At the main campus in Harrogate and our Corbin, KY, sites, you can only enter the nursing program in the fall. In the Knoxville area, you can enter the nursing program two times a year: in the Fall and in the Spring. These are offered at Physicians Regional Medical Center (formerly Mercy St. Mary’s) in Knoxville and the Alcoa City Center in Blount County.

Caylor School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing starts every Fall. The accelerate program (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) is offered in Knoxville at LMU Cedar Bluff (421 Park 40 North), and the traditional program (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring) is offered at the main campus in Harrogate.

How is the ASN different from the BSN? Is there one better than the other?

First and foremost, there is not one degree better than the other. The difference lies in what YOU want to do with your future career in nursing. Both degrees prepare you to sit for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) at the completion of classes. Those interested in getting a masters degree in nursing (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse education, etc), and those interested in nursing management within hospitals and the community, will need a BSN degree; otherwise, both the ASN and BSN graduates can be RNs, with little or no difference in pay or roles.  Student who complete the ASN program can then complete an RN-BSN program.

Must I have all of my prerequisites completed before starting my NURS courses?

To enter the ASN program, no, but we strongly recommend that MOST of the prerequisites are completed. We want you to have completed both Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, College Algebra and hopefully, Microbiology before beginning the NURS courses. For other prerequisites, refer to the courses listed under the program you are interested in.

To enter the BSN program, you must have all prerequisite courses completed. Due to the accelerated nature and the intensity of the BSN program, you must have all prerequisites completed at the end of the summer before beginning nursing courses in the fall.

Must I have all my prerequisites completed before I apply to the Nursing program?

No, you may apply to the program with prerequisites course in progress.

I am an LPN and would like to receive my RN licensure. Do you have a program for me?

YES! We have an LPN mobility path that may be a perfect option for you.

You must have obtained your LPN license from an accredited program and be working as a licensed LPN for a minimum of one year prior to starting the program. You must have 20 hours completed, including Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and College Math.

Can I take my general education classes at any of the Knoxville sites?

You can only take general education classes at the Cedar Bluff site and the Blount County site. Only NURS courses are offered at the Physicians Regional Medical Center site. Please check with an advisor for courses offered

I need all of my clinicals on one day of the week. Is this possible?

When you register for classes, you are ONLY registering for classes. The instructor of each class will assign students to clinicals prior to beginning of classes. On the first day of class, you may talk to your instructor, but there is NO guarantee of what day(s) you will have clinical UNTIL you start classes. The instructor can only work around your LMU class schedule.

How many days a week will I have classes/clinicals?

For the ASN, students will have classes one day a week and clincials one day a week during their first semester. For all subsequent semesters, students will have classes two days a week and clincials two days a week.

For the BSN, students will have classes two days a week and clincials two days a week, with the remaining day of the week for labs and clincial prep.

I need to stay a full-time student in order to continue receiving financial aid/ scholarships. Can I do this?

Yes, you can. We understand that, due to the part-time nature of the ASN program, you may need to be considered a full-time student in order to continuing receiving aid. If you have completed all of your prerequisites for the ASN program, we recommend that you fill your course hours with prerequisites for the RN-BSN program. This will prepare you to continue on with your BSN if you decide to do so in the future.

If you are a traditional BSN student, you will be full-time each semester.

I already have a Bachelors degree. Must I complete the general education of LMU to enter a program, or are there only program requirements I must meet?

If you have already received a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, you must only meet the program requirements*. They are as follows:

ASN: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab, Developmental Psychology, and Microbiology with Lab.
RN-BSN: An Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), an RN licensure, and completion of a math based Statistics course
BSN: Intro to Biology with Lab, Intro to Chemistry with Lab, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, Developmental Psychology, Nutrition, and Statistics.

*Please refer to the current University Undergraduate Catalog for up-to-date requirements.

Do I need health insurance while attending the Caylor School of Nursing?

Please be advised that all nursing students must maintain health insurance for the entire time enrolled in school.  Active insurance will need to be in place by the first day of which your classes are to start. Rhonda Farmer will contact you via your LMU e-mail address as deadlines approach. Please direct any insurance related questions to her at 423.869.6556.

How much is it to attend LMU for nursing?

As with most schools, the yearly tuition will most likely change from year to year. Please click on this link for the most current tuition: http://www.lmunet.edu/admissions/undergraduate/tuition-fees


For More Information about nursing, please call:
Caylor School of Nursing at 1.800.325.0900 x. 6324 or 423.869.6324

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Office of Admissions at 1.800.325.0900 x. 6280 or 423.869.6280

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