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Fort Sanders Nursing Department at Tennessee Wesleyan University

Why Should I Attend TWU?

Tennessee Wesleyan UniversityThe Fort Sanders Nursing Department at Tennessee Wesleyan University offers a baccalaureate degree (BSN) to pre-licensure and Registered Nurse students. The program builds on general education courses in the humanities and natural and behavioral sciences which provide a breadth and depth of learning experiences with a strong foundation of Christian values. The upper division courses evolve from nursing competencies to promote optimum health, prevent illness, and provide end-of-life care to diverse populations in a variety of settings. The curriculum plan is available upon request. All theory and clinical nursing courses are offered in Knoxville.

What Makes This Program Unique?

This program was established as a partnership between the former Fort Sanders School of Nursing in Knoxville, Tennessee and Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, Tennessee. This joint endeavor combines the long history of excellence in nursing education with the college tradition of providing quality, liberal arts education to meet the needs of the community. Fort Sanders Nursing Department at Tennessee Wesleyan University is committed to higher education for professional nurses, lifelong learning, and professional values.

What is the Objective of the Nursing Department?

The Nursing Department’s objective is to educate a beginning professional nurse who will function in this role as a provider of care, a manager of care and as an active member of the profession of nursing. The faculty is committed to providing the essential knowledge and abilities to enter professional practice as a generalist as well as developing a foundation for continuing education and graduate study. Students experience personal contact and close communication with experienced nursing faculty. Low clinical ratios provide an opportunity for meaningful/collaborative relationships between faculty and students.

How Do I Apply to The Baccalaureate Nursing Program?

Application for admission to upper division nursing courses should be made in the sophomore year. Students will be selected in the spring for admission to the fall class. Selection will be based on, but not limited to, academic ability and achievement, high school and college transcripts, references, and personal interviews.

How Long Will It Take Me To Complete The BSN Program?

The baccalaureate nursing student can expect a total of eight semesters (four years) to obtain their BSN. The program of study includes 63 semester hours of general education courses at the freshman and sophomore level and 64 semester hours of nursing courses at the upper division level. The general education courses are offered on the main campus of Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens. A student may also take these courses at any regionally accredited college or university and transfer to Tennessee Wesleyan for the nursing curriculum.

What are the Program Requirements?

Clinical experiences will be selected to meet the specific outcomes set for each course to enhance the integration of theory into clinical practice. The program has access to clinical sites in Knoxville and the surrounding area including the facilities of Covenant Health, one of East Tennessee’s largest and most comprehensive integrated healthcare delivery systems. Other clinical facilities include East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, as well as community health and nursing home sites.The Nursing Department uses a variety of teaching strategies to facilitate the active participation of the student in the learning process. The lecture/seminar method will be used along with case studies, group projects, seminars, student presentations, and computer adaptive learning vignettes to stimulate critical thinking and decision making. The nursing courses will be taught on the Knoxville site at Pellissippi Parkway.

How Do I Enter the Online RN to BSN Program?

The RN to BSN degree is offered completely online. Admission to the RN to BSN program requires completion of the 63 semester hours of general education courses, a completed Tennessee Wesleyan University application for admission, official college transcripts, proof of RN licensure and graduation from an NLNAC/CCNE accredited program in nursing, and references relative to clinical competence.

RN students will be selected in the spring for admission to the summer semester. Transition to Professional Nursing (NU305) must be taken for official admission to the Nursing Department.

RN’s entering the program will have previous work placed in escrow until they have validated competency in the following courses: Transition to Professional Nursing, Pharmacology, and Health Assessment. The RN’s coursework will then be removed from escrow and assigned 31 semester credit hours. RN to BSN students have the opportunity to challenge 12 credit hours (Pharmacology, Health Assessment, Advanced Nursing).

Tuition is discounted for Covenant Health RN employees enrolled in the RN to BSN program.

How Long Will It Take Me to Complete the ONLINE RN to BSN Program?

The Online RN to BSN degree can be completed in a year or more depending on an incoming student’s existing college credits and the rate at which courses are taken. All College Requirements are adjusted for applicants who have completed an Associate of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.

Center for Faith Community Nursing

TWU-Fort Sanders NursingFaith Community Nursing is a specialty recognized by the American Nurses Association and focuses on providing care to the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The Center for Faith Community Nursing at Tennessee Wesleyan University Fort Sanders Nursing Department will provide continuing education workshops for Faith Community Nurses and others interested in providing spiritual care to patients/clients. A complete Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course will be offered to meet community interest as the need arises. For more information, please call the Center at TWU-FSN, (865) 777-5100 or reply to Lisa Kirkland, Ph.D., MS, RN, CRRN at

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TWU-FSN Honor Society

Tennessee Wesleyan University – Fort Sanders Nursing is a member institution of the Rho Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. For more information contact Nancy Hinkle, MSN, RN, at (865) 777-5100 or
Tennessee Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, (404) 679-4500. The program has received full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing, 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor, Nashville, TN 37243, (615) 532-5166 (, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 463-6930 (