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Prospective Students

Before you apply!
There are laws in each state that govern an institution of higher education’s ability to offer programs in that state. The University of TN, Knoxville operates in the state of Tennessee, and under the terms and conditions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, commonly known as SARA.

UTK is permitted to deliver Distance Education programs to students living in other SARA member states. Please review the information about SARA member states before applying. 

Distance Education academic degree programs at UTK that require internships, field placements, clinical rotations or other practicum experiences, and that lead to professional licensure must also comply with state requirements as well as board regulations within the student’s home state. Current and perspective students should become familiar with their state’s regulations and professional licensing requirements with state boards where they reside or plan to reside as a practitioner.

Distance Education programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that lead to professional licensure and/or require an internship, practicum or other field placement cannot currently admit students from the state of California.

If you are unsure whether or not your prospective program requires an internship or leads to professional licensure, contact the academic department offering the graduate or undergraduate program for additional information.

Notification to Prospective Students about Programs in the College of Nursing

Distance Education (DE) programs in the College of Nursing that lead to professional licensure or that require clinical placements or clinical coursework must abide by board and state regulations in the state where the student resides and/or will be completing the clinical experiences.

Students who reside outside of Tennessee who plan to complete a clinical placement in a state other than Tennessee, will need to take additional steps to comply with the requirements of that state. Before applying to and beginning a program, you should become familiar with your state’s licensing and professional requirements and that of the state in which you plan to reside as a practitioner. You may also reach out to the College of Nursing and speak to an advisor by calling (865) 974-7606. The university cannot guarantee that its DE programs in the College of Nursing will meet all the requirements for licensure in any particular state. If the student moves from the state of Tennessee after admission to the program, continuation in the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student physically resides. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the UTK College of Nursing of a change in physical residence.

Distance Education programs in the College of Nursing cannot currently admit students from the state of California.

You can find additional information about pre-licensure distance education requirements in individual states, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN): https://www.ncsbn.org/671.htm

Important Information about the Online BSSW Program
Applicants to the Online BSSW Program must have earned an Associates of Art (AA) or Associates of Science (AS) and 60 transferrable credit hours prior to enrollment the Online BSSW Program. Applicants possessing other Associate degrees (for example, Associates of Applied Science) will not be considered for admission. Applicants completing the Tennessee Transfer Pathway are highly encouraged to apply. For any questions about admission or program requirements, please contact Dr. Robert Mindrup at rmindrup@utk.edu or Gina Middleton at gcox@utk.edu

Students enrolled in online and programs and courses are held to the same admissions standards end enrollment processes as campus-based students.

Graduate Admissions
Students interested in enrolling in an online graduate program must apply to the Graduate School through Graduate Admissions, and must meet specific program requirements. Details can be found through departmental websites listed here.

Non-degree Seeking and Visiting Students
A student who has been awarded a bachelor’s degree and does not want to earn another undergraduate degree may take classes, including those offered online to Knoxville campus students, as a non-degree seeking student. Note: non-degree seeking students may not enroll in distance education campus programs or courses.

A student who attends another college or university as a full-time student in good standing and who intends to return to that college may attend UT for one semester as a visiting student.

Undergraduate Admissions
Students interested in applying to the Online RN to BSN Program should visit the Admissions page for the Registered Nurse to BSN (RN to BSN) program for details.

Transfer Students
Students who are interested in transferring to UT from another institution, should visit the Transfer Students page for detailed information on becoming a Vol.

Refer to the FAQ page for additional details about participating in online courses at UT, including information on costs, financial aid, and registration.