About the School of Nursing

MTSU School of Nursing Accreditations

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Middle Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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All programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing | 665 Mainstream Drive,  2nd Floor | Nashville, TN 37243


The master’s degree program in nursing at Middle Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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All programs are approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing | 665 Mainstream Drive,  2nd Floor | Nashville, TN 37243


History

The nursing program at MTSU began in 1966 as a two-year associate degree program. A total of 799 students graduated from the associate degree program with the last graduating class in 1990. The present four-year BSN program enrolled students in the first junior year nursing class in the Fall 1988. The first class of 23 students graduated in May, 1990.


Mission

The mission of Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing is to provide excellence in nursing education by preparing individuals to meet the dynamic and complex health care needs of society.  Through robust academic programs, the School of Nursing demonstrates its commitment to the art and science of nursing.


Goals

The School of Nursing (SON) operationalizes its mission in ways that are consistent with the Academic Master Plan (AMP) of the university: AMP Goal 1: MTSU will advance academic quality through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service and the celebration of MTSU’s strengths.
SON Goal 1: Maintain and enhance the academic quality of the School of Nursing (SON) through the accreditation and reaccreditation of all programs.
The SON is committed to excellence in teaching and targets continuous improvement in its curriculum, faculty, students, and resources. Within the tripartite mission, the primary emphasis in the SON and across the university is high quality teaching. The SON provides faculty development support through several campus programs and rewards initiatives that promote academic quality.
The Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technology Center (LTITC) provides a resource for faculty mentoring and guidance for teaching, technology integration, scholarly writing groups, and opportunities for development of a career plan for success in academics. Recruitment of a diverse student population with high academic promise and the potential for success as professional nurses remains a priority.
Preparing graduates for professional practice requires a commitment to continuously assess and expand technology in the classroom and in online courses. The SON continuously looks for opportunities to enhance the facilitation of student learning thus addressing the shortage of baccalaureate and master’s prepared registered nurses.
AMP Goal 2: MTSU will promote student success and individual responsibility for accomplishments through a community dedicated to student-centered learning.
SON Goal 2: Create a positive environment to support excellence in advising, teaching, and learning.
The SON faculty are committed to the academic advisement and professional development of our students. Students are mentored in scholarly endeavors and professional activities which focus on the socialization of the baccalaureate and master’s prepared nurse. The school is also responsive to the professional development needs of practicing nurses by offering continuing education programs to our community partners.
Examples of recent initiatives to enhance student success includes strengthening of admission and progression standards, curricular revisions, increased rigor in advising processes, and the implementation of an in-house tutoring program for nursing students and ongoing monitoring of student progress by individually assigned college advisors and course professors. Students falling below established standards are contacted via email by their college advisor and course professors.
The SON Student Success Committee is also collaborating with university housing to facilitate student learning communities where nursing students are housed in the same living area to facilitate communication, collaboration, and mentoring among nursing students. We also encourage our students to take advantage of the university writing center housed in the university library staffed with people who can coach our students in developing enhanced writing skills in preparing required writing assignments.
AMP Goal 3: MTSU will develop purposeful and sustainable partnering relationships and outreach.
SON Goal 3: Maintain partnerships with health care agencies to offer quality clinical and volunteer experiences for SON students, adding agency partnerships as appropriate.
SON Goal 4: Improve partnerships with health care agencies/interdisciplinary groups to establish and/or maintain research opportunities for Faculty.
Believing that the recipients of patient care are the ultimate customers of the SON and thereby the university, the SON relies heavily on its strategic partnerships with area health care providers and agencies to support the art of Nursing. Nursing faculty incorporate the importance of professional collaboration, experiential learning, and community service into all phases of the curriculum.
Our community partnerships provide ample clinical experiences and opportunities for the merging of knowledge and competencies into critical thinking and clinical reasoning. MTSU SON partners with more than 200 healthcare facilities in Tennessee to provide experiential learning opportunities for our students in a variety of clinical settings to include but not limited to acute care, long-term care, primary care clinics, rehabilitation, schools, public health departments, mental health facilities, hospice organizations, and industry.
Examples of opportunities for which students actively engage in the joint participation of community partners in the provision of nursing care in response to community healthcare needs is the participation in university health and wellness fairs, hosting COVID vaccine clinic, student participation in the COVID Crisis Command Center, Remote Access Mission trips in Tennessee, participation in the university flu vaccine clinic, and volunteering at the Nashville Rescue Mission.


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Updated 4/16/2021