School of Nursing


Photo of Christine smithSpecial Message from the Director

These are challenging times for us all. Students, faculty and staff are all in a situation that three months ago was unfathomable. The SON faculty and staff greatly appreciate the attitude with which our students have almost seamlessly responded to a world that is totally upside down. Clinical experiences were cut short but virtual simulation has taken over. Classes that were meeting on campus are now remote and online. Students had to wait for faculty to complete the transition and were very gracious about this huge change in course delivery. The good news is that our faculty are very well versed in online delivery. We have two programs, the Gateway RN-BSN and the DNP, which have always been online, so there was no change in these programs. The remainder of our programs have had some course work online already, so the transition for the other courses were not as challenging as they might have been.

Out of all of this, I think the most disappointing decision impacted our May graduates. While it looked bleak for a while, a celebration of their accomplishments is scheduled to happen in August with our Honors and Recognition Ceremony. The best news of all of this is that our Nurse Anesthesia students, who always graduate in August, will have a “full blown” celebration as well. Details will be determined based on the status of the campus. But, we are planning a celebration to exceed all previous graduations. We all need some good news and celebration. Hopefully, the COVID-19 will be resolved and life will get back to whatever is normal at that time.

Again, please know that we have been in daily, and sometimes hourly, discussion to ensure our students, faculty, and staff in the School of Nursing remain safe. Our decisions have been balanced on being able to allow our students the educational experience needed to graduate “practice ready” and to critically think in all situations while keeping them as safe as possible. This has been a challenge but I feel we will all come out of this pandemic having learned tremendous lessons which will impact us forever.

Thank you for your trust in our faculty and staff. We appreciate you all. I am proud to be a member of this School and to work daily with a wonderful faculty and staff. And, without hesitation, I can report our students are the best in the country, so a debt of gratitude goes to them as well.

Most Sincerely,
Chris Smith


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Students, Faculty, and Staff: See our School of Nursing COVID-19 page for important information and resources. 

For the latest on the University-wide response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, see UTC Coronavirus Updates


All School of Nursing classes and programs are currently being conducted online with students contining to progress academically. All on-campus events for the School are postponed. If you'd like to see our simulation laboratory and facilities at the School of Nursing, please view our virtual tour below:

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Teacher of the Month!

Radio Station KISS-FM presented Lab Coordinator Michelle Rosano with a well-deserved Teacher of the Month Award. Michelle was nominated by fourth level Student Tiffany Rodriguez for going above and beyond on behalf of students in the simulation lab. This is the first time the award has been given to someone in higher education. The prize included a three day stay in Panama City, Florida.

Congratulations, Michelle!


MSN Ranked Top 25 Nationally

The UTC Master’s of Science in Nursing program is one of the top 25 in the country, according to The ranking is based entry-level salaries for graduates and uses U.S. Department of Education data.

“We are honored to be identified as a top 25 Master’s of Science in Nursing program,” said Chris Smith, Director of the School of Nursing. “Our Family and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentrations consistently have a 100 percent pass rate on the certification exam while the Nurse Anesthesia concentration is over 90 percent."

New DNP Cohort

White Coat Ceremony

Before working with patients in clinicals, our students are honored with the White Coat Ceremony. Congratulations to all of our new nurses who participated in the January ceremony!

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DNP Intensive

Congratulations to all those presenting at the Doctor of Nursing program 2019 Intensive. DNP candidates presented their projects and displayed posters in a professional atmosphere of interest and discussion.

Photos are available on our Flickr page.

New DNP Cohort

DNP Orientation

An enthusiastic cohort of nurses began their journey towards earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a three day orientation session in December. We look forward to working with these talented individuals!

Nightingala 2019 photo

NightinGala 2019

Nightingala 2019, complete with food, drink, music, and dancing, was a big success! Be sure to view the video of the evening.  Photos are available on our Flickr page.

BSN Students

NCLEX Pass Rates Soar

The latest NCLEX results are in, and we are very pleased to announce our BSN graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate for the entire 2018-2019 academic year! This continued success is a result of the hard work and diligence from students and faculty alike. Congratulations to all!

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NPs Have Perfect Pass Rate

Congratulations to our May 2019 FNP and ACNP-AG graduates, who had a 100% first-time pass rate on their respective licensure exams!

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The Power of We

BSN student Chyna Germany is one of three recipients of the $10,000 Power of We Scholarship awarded to minority college students studying for a career in healthcare in Tennessee. The scholarship is funded by the Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee Health Foundation along with the NAHSE (National Association of Health Service Executives) Memphis Chapter.

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RN-BSN Gateway Top-Ranked

The 100% online RN-BSN Gateway program has been ranked #2 in Tennessee by  Pictured are the newest Gateway students, our 18th cohort of registered nurses working toward Bachelor's degrees.

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CCNE logoThe baccalaureate degree in nursing at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

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