Whitson-Hester School of Nursing

About the School

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 an Accelerated 2nd-Degree program for individuals with Baccalaureate degrees in fields other than Nursing and an online RN-BSN program for individuals with an ASN in Nursing.

The school of Nursing also offers Masters (MSN) degrees and Post-Masters certificates in Nursing through our partnership with TN eCampus and through the TTU independent MSN program.  TTU offers DNP programs jointly with ETSU.

THE HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

In 1965, the State Board of Education requested each university in the system to investigate the need to establish Schools of Nursing. At that time the State Board of proposed that each state college be authorized to establish a two-year Associate Degree program in Nursing. However, in 1965 clinical facilities were inadequate in the Upper Cumberland 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 Upper Division Nursing in Fall 1980. The first Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing were awarded June 1982.

The School has now occupied the new 65,500 square foot state-of-the-art structure since the Fall of 2008.

In 2004 TTU collaborated with the five other TBR universities in Tennessee to develop one of the nation’s first online MSN programs.. This program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and has been well received with admissions far exceeding expectations.

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 baccalaureate degree in nursing program at Tennessee Technological University is currently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.  The School of Nursing went through the accreditation review process in February 2009, and was granted accreditation through December 2019.

The MSN program is jointly accredited through the TNeCampus system by ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326, through Fall 2019.  The TTU independent MSN program is seeking accreditation for Fall 2019.

The joint ETSU-TTU DNP program is seeking accreditation through CCNE with site visits scheduled for Fall 2018 site visits.