About the Department

The School of Nursing offers a four-year program of study leading to a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN).  Graduates from the BSN program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and become Registered Nurses.  The School of Nursing also has programs targeted to meet the educational needs of individuals with Baccalaureate and Master's degrees in fields other than Nursing, as well as Registered Nurses who have completed Nursing Diplomas or Associate Degrees.

The Upper Division Nursing courses, along with the Lower Division foundation courses, are designed to prepare graduates as generalists in Nursing.  Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of professional roles in diverse health care settings.

The program (curriculum) objectives for the School of Nursing are the outcomes or behaviors the student will achieve upon completion of the program.  Graduates of the program have the foundation for graduate study for advanced practice in Nursing. 

The school of Nursing also offers Masters (M.S.N) degrees and post-Masters certificates in Nursing through our partnership with the Regents Online Degree Program.

The History of the School

In 1965, the State Board of Education requested each university in the system to investigate the need to establish a school of nursing. At that time the State Board of Education was proposing that each state college be authorized to establish a two-year associate degree program in nursing. However, in 1965 in the Upper Cumberland Region, clinical facilities were inadequate to support a school of nursing. By 1973, clinical facilities had improved, and Tennessee Technological University began to plan for a school of nursing.

As the result of a feasibility study that identified a need for nurse manpower in middle Tennessee, the State Board of Regents made a commitment to support a new baccalaureate school of nursing if federal funding could be obtained.Tennessee Technological University received a three-year Special Projects Grant from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the Tennessee Technological University's School of Nursing admitted its first class of students to the junior level nursing, fall 1980. The first Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing were awarded June 1982.

In 2004 TTU joined a collaborative project with the other five TBR universities in Tennessee to develop an MSN program. This program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and has been well received with admissions far exceeding expectations.

A building project has been completed to house the ever-growing demand for nurses. The School has now occupied the new 65,500 square foot state-of-the-art structure since the Fall of 2008.

The Tennessee Board of Nursing initially granted approval to the program in 1980, and the program continues today with full board approval. The TTU School of Nursing maintained accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission through 2005, at which time accreditation was pursued with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Initial accreditation was granted for the maximum of five years (2004-2009).  The School of Nursing went through the accreditation review process in February 2009, and was granted accreditation through December 2019.