School of Nursing Academic Programs
The School of Nursing offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, as well as a Masters of Science in Nursing Degree with a concentration in either the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) programs. The school also offers pre-nursing curriculum advisement for students planning to enter a nursing program elsewhere.
The Nursing Program consists of four academic years. Students enter the program as pre-nursing majors and must complete the first three semesters of a pre-nursing curriculum consisting of General Education courses and nursing prerequisites. Students then apply for admission to the last five semesters which include 71 semester hours of upper-division nursing courses. When a student applies for admission to the last five semesters and is accepted and becomes enrolled, he/she is then classified as a Nursing major. The number of students accepted into the nursing courses is limited, making the application process competitive.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the B.S.N. and become eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.
The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The Family Nurse Practitioner program is accredited by Tennessee Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Students planning to enter other schools of nursing must carefully select their courses according to the pre-nursing curriculum prescribed by the school to which they will apply. Nursing advisors will assist students with their course selections. At this time, the School of Nursing does not accept transfer students from other Nursing programs.