Keyboard icon Welcome from the Director

Chris Smith

We are fast approaching the 40th anniversary of the School of Nursing. Since our founding, UTC School of Nursing has been a dynamic force in providing quality nursing education and excellence by actively engaging our students, faculty and staff. The UTC School of Nursing aspires to be the leader in transforming nursing education and promoting health by engaging students, faculty and graduates in advancing health for all people. To do this, we must develop and maintain partnerships that ultimately benefit our students and the patients for whom they care. We are fortunate in Chattanooga to have outstanding clinical partners that allow our faculty to administer our programs.

We continue to have a very active program in simulation.. 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. The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students can interface with FNP students who may be sending a patient for admission and with NA students pre and post op simulation. We continue our work with the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga Unit for simulation 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.

With a continued focus in Gerontology, we are a member of the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. We are forming new partnerships and strengthening existing ones to bring best practices in gerontology to our area. This focus is an interprofessional effort.

Because of the dedication of our students and faculty, our NCLEX, ANCC, AANP and NCE pass rates extraordinarily high. Our students are highly sought after for employment upon completion of their programs. 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 and will be reviewed in the Fall of 2017. The Nurse Anesthesia program received its 10 reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation in 2011.
Please feel free to call, email or come by if you are interested in finding out more about our programs. 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