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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 adventure and enhance the educational experience of high-achieving undergraduate nursing majors. 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 complementsd university-level honors programs such as 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
N347 Honors Transcultural Nursing 2
N388 Nursing Honors Mentorship 1
Junior, Spring Semester
N377 Honors Professional Development in Nursing 2
N388 Nursing Honors Mentorship 1
N387 Honors Health Promotion and Maintenance in the Community 5
Senior, Fall Semester
N477 Honors Nursing Research 3
N488 Nursing Honors Capstone 1
Senior, Fall Semester
N488 Nursing Honors Capstone 1

Admission Requirements

Full-time BSN students who wish to enter the Nursing Honors Program in the fall semester of their junior year must:

  • Be within the top 10 percentof their class and receive a letter of invitation to apply
  • Complete the Nursing Honors Program application during the spring semester of their sophomore year
  • Submit a short essay
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a UT faculty member.

Students accepted into the program must remain in good academic standing, with a GPA of at least 3.5, and complete all courses in the program of study. Students admitted to the Chancellor’s Honors or Haslam Scholars Programs will automatically be eligible for the Nursing Honors Program provided they are in good academic standing. Applications are not necessary, but information will be collected.

Our Students

Nursing Honors Program Class of 2018

Nursing Honors Program Class of 2019

Student Experience Story

by Dabney Wilson


Nursing Honors Program Coordinator
Sadie Hutson, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
Associate Professor, NHP Coordinator
College of Nursing, Room 337
1200 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-7585
Fax: 865-974-3569

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