You’re ready to change the world, one patient at a time.
Nurses are on the front lines of healthcare, providing quality, caring service to
patients everywhere, every day. A nursing degree from the Tennessee Wesleyan Fort
Sanders Nursing Department will prepare you not only to become a highly sought after
nurse but will empower you to make an impact on patients every day.
Our students often say, “It is hard, but well worth it in the end.”
The Fort Sanders Nursing Department prepares individuals seeking a bachelor of science
in nursing (BSN) to assume professional roles and responsibilities in health care
as registered nurses. A broad foundation of science and humanities provides a basis
for nursing theory and clinical practice. Students must commit to a rigorous academic
program where they will learn critical thinking skills and how to apply nursing knowledge
to a variety of patient care scenarios.
The TWU Fort Sanders Nursing Department is located at our west Knoxville instructional
site, allowing easy access to our hospital partners. The instructional site location
also features a brand new, state-of-the-art simulation lab, giving students opportunities
to prepare for clinicals on live cast mannequins.
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
Our long-standing clinical affiliation with Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center affords
us the opportunity to have direct hands-on patient care experience in addition to
lab and classroom facilities on the hospital campus.
Each student completes over 1000 hours in direct-patient care settings with a minimum
of 90 hours in each specialty (pediatrics, psych/mental health, maternal/newborn,
community health, and critical care). Senior practicums allow students the opportunity
to work alongside a RN as they learn the roles and responsibilities they will assume
as a newly licensed nurse.
Nurses are highly sought after in the ever-growing healthcare industry. TWU graduates
are coveted within the hospital community with nearly 100% job placement before graduation.
Graduates work in a variety of nursing capacities, and are also eligible to move forward
to graduate school or nurse practitioner school.
The Nursing Department is fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd floor Nashville, TN 37243 , (615) 532-5166 or 1-800-778-4123
and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.
Job offers for every 2020 graduate before graduation
Licensure test pass rate
Clinical hours completed
Presents theories and principles used in caring for the childrearing family. Emphasizes
the care of families with children from infancy through adolescence, during wellness
and altered health states. Theories of growth and development pertaining to the infant,
child, and family provide the framework for the course content. Three lecture and
six clinical hours per week.
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
Emphasis is placed on nursing care for individuals or groups with emotional, behavioral,
or communication alterations acquired from changes in personality structure or neurological
Presents theories and principles used in caring for the childbearing family. Focuses
on the care of families preceding, during, and following childbirth, including conditions
that impact reproduction.
As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education will implement new regulations that professional
nursing programs (PN, RN and APRN) must adhere to if they participate in Title IV
HEA funding, and if the program is:
- designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification
that is required for employment in an occupation; or
- Is advertised as meeting such requirements
This new regulation applies to programs using all modalities, including online, in-person,
or a combination of both. Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) will require the nursing
program to provide:
- a list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum meets state
educational requirements for professional licensure or certification,
- a list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum does not meet
state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification, and
- a list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution has not made a determination
of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements.
Additionally, a direct disclosure to the student in writing is required in regulation
34 CFR 668.43(c) by the education institution if the program leading to professional
licensure or certification falls in one of the latter two categories above.
Licensure Requirements by State
To easily find professional nursing licensure requirements (RN, PN and APRN programs),
please select the states/jurisdictions where you want to know their professional licensure
For RN licensure:
For APRN licensure:
- (d) A nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife or clinical nurse specialist
who holds a Tennessee registered nurse license in good standing and current national
specialty certification in the advanced practice specialty shall be eligible for a
certificate to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse on May 22, 2002,
and shall be exempt from the requirement of a master's degree or higher in the nursing
specialty if licensed in Tennessee and holding national specialty certification prior
to July 1, 2005. Notwithstanding the previous requirements, a nurse anesthetist shall
be eligible for a certificate to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse
if the nurse anesthetist graduated prior to January 1, 1999, from a nurse anesthesia
educational program approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council
For more information:
Nurse License Compact States:
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