Keyboard icon Welcome from the Director

Chris Smith

Since 1972, The School of Nursing has prepared highly qualified nursing professionals who are influencing the health care environment and are enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families and society.

We invite you to visit us in the Metropolitan Building on the UTC campus. The space in the Metropolitan Building has allowed us to focus on simulation using high fidelity manikins and standardized patients. The undergraduates have the “Safe Hospital” for their simulation in which the students have experiences with postpartum, pediatric, and adult patients. The graduate students also have state of the art simulation areas. Nurse Anesthesia (NA) students have simulated experiences in both the Operating Room and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit while the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students have a Primary Care lab. With the addition of the new Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration, these students can interface with FNP students who may be sending a patient for admission and with NA students pre and post surgery. The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Unit has also been part of our simulations in Quality and Safety. Students from all programs, including the medical students and residents are working together to prepare them to work in the interprofessional environment, an imperative as we face the new demands in health care.

We have several new faculty members and I invite you to view the list of instructors and professors who have been instrumental in keeping our NCLEX, ANCC, AANP and NCE pass rates extraordinarily high. Our students are highly sought after for employment upon completion of their programs. Faculty bios are in the Faculty Link on the Home Page for the School of Nursing.

Our program offers the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the 100% online RN-BSN Gateway Program, the Masters of Science in Nursing as either Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthesia (NA) student and our Doctor Of Nursing Practice (DNP) Concentrations. The FNP and AGACNP use a hybrid delivery method, NA concentration is offered as a distance learning option and the DNP is offered 100% online. You can see we offer many opportunities in many different formats.

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 Council on Accreditation in 2011. We are also very honored to be invited to join the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence in the Fall of 2015. 

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