School of Nursing

It is our hope that this site will be a source of valuable information, whether you are a prospective student, current student, or nurse in the community. If you are searching for information that you cannot find here, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Is the School of Nursing accredited?

Yes, since 1962 we have been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. We also have full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

What undergraduate tracks do you offer?

We have two pre-licensure options (to prepare for your nursing license):
- Two-year associate degree (AS)
- Four-year bachelor's degree (BSN)

We have three RN-BS options (after you have your nursing license):
- On-campus (two semesters)
- Online (four semesters)
- Consortium (six semesters—reduced tuition rate)

Are you accepting students into all tracks?

- AS students begin every fall semester
- BSN students begin every winter semester
- RN-BS students may begin any semester

Will I be ready for the NCLEX-RN when I graduate?
You will receive rigorous preparation. Of our graduates who took the NCLEX-RN in 2017, 96% are now licensed nurses.
How can I apply to be a nursing student at Southern?