Keyboard icon Welcome from the Director

Chris Smith

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 School aspires to be the leader in transforming nursing education and promoting health. We do this by engaging students, faculty and graduates in advancing health for all people. We have been able to develop and maintain partnerships that benefit our students and the patients for whom they care. Our foundation in these partnerships is based on respect for one another with the ultimate goal of inspiring positive change and providing nursing leadership for the future. In Chattanooga, we are fortunate to have outstanding clinical partners that allow our faculty help our students to be practice ready.

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. We recently developed a partnership of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in which our BSN students are engaged in two simulations. The medical and nursing students are learning to work together collaboratively as they treat patients in the “Emergency Department” and the “Intensive Care Unit.” The 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 (AGACNP) students can interface with FNP students who may be sending a patient for admission and with NA students in pre- and post-op simulation. Students from all programs are working together to prepare to work in the interprofessional environment, an imperative as we face the new demands in health care.

Because of the dedication of our students and faculty, our NCLEX, ANCC, AANP and NCE pass rates are 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 in either the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthesia concentrations. The FNP and AGACNP concentrations use a hybrid delivery method while the NA concentration is offered as a distance learning option for students in Tupelo, Misssissippi. Our DNP concentrations, DNP: Post Masters and DNP: Nursing Administration, are offered 100% online. Students enrolled the DNP: Nursing Administration now have the option to enroll in the College of Business to earn an Master of Business Administration as several of the DNP courses are recognized as meeting some of those requirements. There are many opportunities in the School of Nursing.

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 



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