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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The master’s program in nursing prepares leaders, managers, and practitioners who facilitate achievement of optimal health in the dynamic health care system.

The college is committed to the delivery of high-quality academic programs, to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge through research and other scholarly activities, to the provision of service to the community, and to the promotion of the profession of nursing. Specifically, our unique mission is to facilitate the development of professional nurses who will promote our society’s health at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The program offers role preparation as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, or nursing administrators. Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking. Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Provide advanced nursing care to clients in a variety of health care settings
  • Utilize theoretical knowledge to guide advanced practice nursing
  • Collaborate in research activities and utilize knowledge gained from research in advanced practice nursing
  • Evaluate health policies and economics related to the delivery of health care
  • Assume roles as leaders and collaborators with other professionals and communities in planning, providing, and evaluating health care

Due to the pressing need for advanced practice nurses in mental health, our MSN concentration is only accepting applications for full-time students at this time. Contact the College of Nursing Student Services Office at 865-974-7606 if you have further questions

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MSN programs in the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and are unconditionally approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The nurse anesthesia concentration is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

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