History of the School of Nursing
The phasing out of the baccalaureate nursing program at Meharry Medical College provided the stimulus for the development of the associate degree nursing program at TSU in 1966. This was the first associate degree program, at a public university, in Tennessee. The program was offered within the School of Allied Health. Dorothy Coley Edmond was the first director.
The Department of Nursing was established at the University of Tennessee, Nashville (UTN) in 1967 as a result of a study conducted by the Nashville Metropolitan Health and Hospitals Planning Council. The findings of the study supported nursing education in a University rather than a hospital setting. The approval of the associate degree program at UTN led to the closing of the diploma program at Baptist Hospital. The program received National League for Nursing accreditation in 1972. An upper School baccalaureate nursing program for RN's was established at UTN in 1974.
The merging of the University of Tennessee, Nashville into Tennessee State University took place officially on July 1, 1979. The characteristics of the enlarged TSU programs in terms of size, complexity, and potential for contributing to the University mission and goals formed the basis for the decision to organize the units into a separate School of Nursing.
In 1986 the associate degree program was extended to Volunteer State Community College and the Weekend option implemented on the Main Campus. An additional option for the Weekend program began in Fall, 1991 at Goodlark Medical Center in Dickson, Tennessee.
The generic BSN program at TSU was initiated in 1980. The separate RN to BSN program was phased out and RN's had the option to challenge nursing courses in the new BSN program. The baccalaureate nursing program (BSN) is offered on the Main Campus. There is a Career Mobility option for RN to BSN which is web based.
The School of Nursing currently offers an associate degree (AAS) program with a week-day option (Main Campus and Volunteer State Community College) and a Career Mobility week-end option on the Downtown Campus (LPN-AASN/RN, CNT/CNA-AASN/RN).
The MSN program began Fall, 1994 with the FNP concern and is offered on the Main Campus as an evening program. In 2000 the Holistic concentration was added. There are web-based courses.
School of Nursing Mission Statement
The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare nurses at the generalist, specialist, and advanced practice levels who provide safe, culturally sensitive, evidence-based, compassionate care to diverse populations in