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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.


Program Description

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.


Career Opportunities

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


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Pediatric Nursing

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 physiology.

Maternal/Newborn Nursing

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:



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:


  1. a list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification,
  2. a list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification, and
  3. 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 requirements. 

Requirements:   Tennessee

For RN licensure:

For APRN licensure:

For more information:


Nurse License Compact States:




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