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Nursing Honors Program

The University of Tennessee’s Nursing Honors Program (NHP) includes academically enhanced nursing seminars, courses, and a scholarly project.

The NHP is designed to create an intellectual experience to enhance the education of high-achieving, academically-gifted undergraduate nursing majors to develop nursing leaders, scholars and life-long learners. Collaborative relationships with nursing faculty, academically enhanced nursing courses, and small-group seminars provide students with opportunities to develop a scholarly project and disseminate the findings at university, regional, and national forums. The program provides a strong foundation for baccalaureate students planning to pursue graduate education. The NHP complements university-level honors programs including the Haslam Scholars and Chancellor’s Honors Programs.


  • Build fruitful relationships with nurse scientists in the College of Nursing and have the opportunity to begin a unique and individual area of scholarship.
  • Receive recognition on your transcript that you have completed the honors program.
  • Earn an honors medallion to be worn during commencement.
  • Prepare for graduate education.

Program of Study

Junior, Fall Semester Hours
N388 Nursing Honors Mentorship 1
Junior, Spring Semester
N378 Honors Nursing Research 3
N388 Nursing Honors Mentorship 1
Senior, Fall Semester
N488 Nursing Honors Capstone 1
Senior, Spring Semester
N457 Honors Nursing Leadership 3
N488 Nursing Honors Capstone 1

Admission Requirements

Full-time BSN students who have an earned GPA in the top 10 % of their class will be invited in the Spring semester of their sophomore year to apply to enter the program beginning in the Fall semester of their junior year. The Honor’s Program Admission Committee review applications, make decisions, and notify selected students by the end of the Spring semester.

All students admitted to the Chancellor’s Honors (CHP) or Haslam Scholars programs will automatically be eligible for the NHP provided they are in good academic standing with the CON and with CHP or Haslam Scholars programs.

Students accepted into the program must remain in good academic standing, with a GPA of at least 3.5, receive a B- or higher in all nursing courses, and complete all courses in the program of study.

Our Students

Nursing Honors Program Class of 2019

Student Experience Story

by Dabney Wilson


Nursing Honors Program Coordinator
Kathleen Thompson, PhD, RN
Clinical Professor

College of Nursing, Room 143
1200 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-7591