Welcome from the Director

Photo of Chris Smith in Simulation Lab


The UTC School of Nursing values our outstanding clinical partners who help make our students practice-ready.  Simulation continues to be a significant part of our programs.  The undergraduates have the “Safe Hospital” for their simulation in which the students have experiences with postpartum, pediatric, and adult patients. Our partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in which our BSN students are engaged in interprofessional simulations continues to grow in importance. Medical and nursing students learn 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 (ACNP-AG) students can interface with FNP students who may be sending a patient for admission and with NA students in pre- and post-op simulation. The use of standardized patients is seeing us to reach outside of our College to partner with the UTC Theatre Department as we grow this program.

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. We offer the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the 100% online RN-BSN Gateway Program, and 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 ACNP-AG concentrations use a hybrid delivery method while the NA concentration is offered as a distance learning option for students in Tupelo, Mississippi. Our DNP concentrations, DNP: Post Masters and DNP: Nursing Administration, are offered 100% online. Students enrolled in the DNP: Nursing Administration have the option to enroll in the College of Business to earn a Master of Business Administration. 

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


CCNE logoThe baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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.

The Nurse Anesthesia Concentration is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA), 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone: (847) 692-7050. The program's next review by the COA is scheduled for Spring 2022.