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Your charitable investment, whether large or small, helps ensure we will continue to produce well-prepared nurses, like we have for over 40 years. The UT College of Nursing is recognized as a leader in nursing education, research, and service. The foundation of the UT College of Nursing is built from the strength of our faculty and students and supports a record of distinguished service. Empowering our next generation of leaders to meet care giving challenges in the field of healthcare is of great importance to us. Our goal is to produce excellent professionals through exemplary teaching, training, research and public service.

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Why give?

As part of the Big Orange Family Campaign in February 2015, our students submitted stories about why they believe in the UT College of Nursing. Read below to see how when we give, we inspire others.

If you would like more information about supporting the students and faculty at the College of Nursing, please contact: Debby Powell, Director of Development – 865-974-2755 or

The volunteer spirit is alive and well at the College of Nursing. We appreciate our volunteers’ time and effort and want you to be a part of the work we do. Opportunities for service range from becoming a preceptor to working with one of our Outreach programs. If you’re interested in donating your time to the College, please contact Emily Kissel, Director of Strategic Initiatives – 865-974-2755 or

Donations from alumni and friends help the College provide scholarship money to deserving students, acquire and maintain state-of-the-art equipment and technology for instructional purposes, seed research projects for young investigators and to provide research awards for accomplished faculty and students.  Without your vital support, we could not advance our efforts to change the face of nursing.  Each gift improves the lives of people we touch.

Scholarship Opportunities

The rising cost of higher education makes it critical for assisting need-based students and for rewarding the most outstanding students. An enhanced pool of scholarship dollars to support an increased number of undergraduate and graduate students accepted to the UT College of Nursing is essential to attracting and maintaining high quality students.

Donors can set up endowed scholarships to be given to nursing students who meet specific donor criteria.

Intercultural Healthcare Opportunity

The purpose of the International Healthcare Opportunity Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to nursing students participating in a college sanctioned health-related mission trip to provide healthcare and health education to impoverished and culturally diverse patient populations. Scholarship funds may cover traveling expenses related to the trip.

Acquire & Maintain State-of-the-Art Simulation Equipment

Having the funds to purchase state-of-the-art technology and equipment allows us to provide nursing students state-of-the art technology and equipment to receive the highest quality educational experiences in a “safe” environment prior to entering into high-risk clinical situations.

Chairs, Professorships & Faculty Funds

The UT College of Nursing is committed to academic excellence and is renowned for our access to education and research and offer high-quality, innovative academic programs that reflect the healthcare needs of a diverse population. In order to remain a leader in the healthcare field, we must attract and retain exceptional faculty to passionately equip the next generation of nurses.

As the College continues on the path for excellence, increasing faculty support helps build an even stronger academic program. Establishing faculty chairs, professorships, and endowments would significantly increase our ability to attract and retain high caliber faculty.

  • Professorships are $500,000
  • Chairs are $1,000,000
  • Faculty Endowed Funds are $100,000


As the UT College of Nursing continues to grow, the need for discretionary dollars to promote and support faculty research increases.

Areas of research funding:

  • Faculty Funding
  • Seed Funding
  • Equipment

Unrestricted Funding

The UT College of Nursing depends greatly on private, unrestricted gifts to support our college fund and strategic initiatives. These gifts are used by the Dean to positively impact the current greatest needs within the college.

Capital Funding

The College of Nursing is located in a 30,000 sq. ft. building on the main campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that houses 50 faculty members, 15 staff members and provides education to over 650 student nurses across undergraduate and graduate programs. Every possible space in the CON building is occupied by students and faculty.

To meet the nursing demands of our state, we need to expand our nursing program to double our BSN graduates by 2018. This growth requires additional space. The CON has designated land behind the current building and we have developed a rendering of a potential second nursing building.

The new College of Nursing building will include larger classrooms that will allow us to double our BSN enrollment; a state of the art simulation lab that will encompass one entire floor, and will include the simulated clinic, hospital and home environments. Students will be able to “hand off” care from one place to another and stage mock events such as disease epidemics and hospital fires. The new facility also will include research space, and additional office space for faculty.

We believe this building expansion will significantly contribute to the BSN nursing workforce demands in Tennessee since:

  • Nursing students who are educated in Tennessee are more likely to work in Tennessee.
  • Hospitals and healthcare settings want highly qualified and prepared graduate nurses. The UTK College of Nursing has a reputation for producing highly qualified graduates with a consistent NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) pass rate of 97%; far exceeding the national (88%) and state (92%) rates.
  • We will produce double the number of BSN graduates annually (240 instead of 120)
  • As we increase the number of BSN graduates, we increase the number of qualified applicants for graduate school and fill a need for Advanced Practice Nurses to assume roles of Primary Care Providers or Nursing Faculty.
The preliminary cost for a new College of Nursing building is estimated to be $45 million. The College of Nursing must raise $15 million of the cost.


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