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College of Nursing Fact Sheet

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At the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center we dedicate ourselves to preparing excellent nurse leaders for today and the future. We educate individuals to deliver patient care with essential knowledge needed for practice through research and clinical analysis.

We are committed to improving the quality of healthcare in our community and beyond. We are proud to offer our BSN program for pre-licensure students and RNs.  

Our MSN program is for individuals with currently have a BSN degree.  We award a masters degree in nursing (MSN) with preparation as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

Preparation for leadership as an advanced practice nurse occurs at the doctoral level.  Our graduates earn a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree.   The DNP curriculum prepares students for advanced practice certification in their chosen specialty area.

Preparing nurses for leadership in the discovery of new knowledge occurs in our PhD program.   Our PhD curriculum helps prepares research scientists.

Our faculty are engaged in practice to improve the health of citizens in our community.  Faculty research is designed to enhance the delivery of patient care. These programs of research and practice run the gamut of nursing from acute to primary care.

DNP and PhD students are matched with faculty employing a mentor-mentee model.  We find that this provides students with worthy role models who are actively engaged in the activities they teach.

We use technology to enhance access to our programs.  This allows us to provide course work that is convenient and timely for clinicians and students.  Across all the college's programs is our dedication to the clinical aspect of nursing practice and the enhancement of the health and well-being of the patients our nurses serve. 

Historical Highlights

1887 - The Memphis Training School for Nurses, the first nursing school in the Mid-South, was chartered.
1898 - The Memphis City Hospital opened and the Memphis Training School became the Memphis City Hospital School of Nursing.
1927 - The University of Tennessee and the Memphis General Hospital approved the University's operation of the School of Nursing. The University of Tennessee School of Nursing began in June 1927.
1950 - The newly established Baccalaureate in Nursing program admitted its first class of students.
1953 - RN-BSN program begins. 
1954 - The diploma program graduated its last class of students.
1961 - The School of Nursing became a College.
1973 - The Master of Science in Nursing degree program was started.
1974 - Accelerated BSN program began.
1988 - The PhD program was started.
1997-The baccalaureate degree program was temporarily suspended.
1999 - The Doctor of Nursing Science degree program was started.
2003 - The UTHSC College of Nursing announce partnership with Methodist Healthcare to create an educational continuum that reinstated the baccalaureate degree program and integrate it with existing graduate programs.
2005 - Admitted traditional, second degree and RNs to the newly established BSN program.
2005- The Doctor of Nursing transitioned from DNSc to DNP
2006 - A small cohort of registered nurses was admitted to a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master's program
2007 - Five RNs graduated with the CNL master's degree.
2009 - Admitted 2nd degree students to Master’s Entry Clinical Nurse Leader program.
2009 - Transitioned master's entry advanced practice programs to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) level. Received accreditation for all DNP programs. Second in the nation to receive accreditation for a DNP program in Nurse Anesthesia.
2010 - All professional entry and advanced nursing practice programs at the graduate level.
2011 - Admitted RN's with a diploma or associate degree to the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master's program.
2012 - The UTHSC College of Nursing moved into the newly renovated space on the 9th & 10th floor of the 920 Madison Plaza building.
2013 - Accelerated BSN program reactivated, admitting students with 60+ college credits or a bachelor's degree or higher in another field.
2014 - RN to BSN bachelor's degree option offered completely online. 

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Contact Information

UTHSC College of Nursing
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Fax: 901-448-4121
Toll Free: 800-733-2498

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