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.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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.

 

Dear Nursing Major,

To recruit more students to upper division Nursing, the minimum GPA for making application is temporarily changed from 3.0 to 2.8.  This temporary change in policy will run for two admission cycles: spring 2023 (application deadline October 1, 2022) and fall 2023 (application deadline February 1, 2023).  All other admission requirements remain the same as documented in the SON Admission and Progression Policy.  Please consult your Nursing Advisor for further information.

Dr. Jenny Sauls

Professor and Director, School of Nursing


Master of Science in Nursing

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.

 Deadline to be fully admitted to Graduate Studies and to have your required documents received by the School of Nursing:

October 1—for Spring Semester Admission
April 1—for Fall Semester Admission

Pre-Nursing Curriculum from Other Schools

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.


Please contact an advisor for more information.