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Chris Smith

Welcome to our School of Nursing website. Our School was established in 1973. Since that time, we have prepared highly qualified nursing professionals who are influencing the health care environment and are enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families and society.

When you are in Chattanooga, we invite you to visit us in the Metropolitan Building on the UTC campus. Our recent expansion has allowed us to focus more on simulation using high fidelity manikins and standardized patients. This new addition allows our Nurse Anesthesia students to have simulated experiences in both the Operating Room and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Students from all programs will now be able to work with the Nurse Anesthesia students to simulate critical care experiences thus gaining valuable instruction from faculty as they debrief. Our other areas of simulation include a “Safe Hospital” with postpartum, pediatric, and adult patients, our main bed lab and our Family Nurse Practitioner Primary Care lab. Through our partnerships with our local acute care facilities as well as the UT College of Medicine we are able to offer our students experiences, which will prepare them to work in the interprofessional environment. This is imperative as we face the new demands in health care.

Our program offers the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the RN-BSN Gateway Program using both the hybrid and online formats, the Masters of Science in Nursing as either Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthesia (NA) student and our Doctor Of Nursing Practice (DNP) Concentrations. The NA concentration is offered as a distance learning option while the DNP is offered 100% online.

The School of Nursing received a 10 year reaccreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in 2009 for the BSN and MSN programs while the DNP program received an initial 5 year accreditation in 2012. The Nurse Anesthesia program received its 10 reaccreditation from the Counsel on Accreditation in 2011.

Please feel free to call, email or come by if you are interested in finding out more about our program. We would be happy to show you the wonderful things happening in the School of Nursing!


Christine Benz Smith, PhD, FNP-BC
Director , School of Nursing and
Coordinator Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration