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Photo of DNP seniors

Congratulations to DNP seniors and juniors who presented at the 2018 DNP Intensive. Click for the full photo album on Flickr.

Best online BSN logo The RN-BSN Gateway program has been named one of the best Online Colleges for Bachelor's in Nursing for 2019. Congratulations to the faculty, students, and staff who made this recognition possible!

Sigma Theta Picture

Professors Joanie Jackson and Amber Roache presented on their work combating health disparities in urban and rural areas through the CANDL project at the Sigma Theta Tau Region 8 Conference in Mobile, Alabama. Sigma is The Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. William Crowe also attended.

Photo of Nancy Stevens

Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Stevens, DNP ’12, MSN FNP ‘07 for receiving the Frank L Cole Nurse Practitioner Award from the Emergency Nurses Association. Dr. Stevens’ portrait along with this Lifetime Achievement award are now prominently displayed in the ENA Hall of Fame. The award recognizes a clinical expert who delivers compassionate, competent care in an emergency care setting.

Photo of Kat Brewer and tiny houseAlumna Kat Brewer is appearing on the DYI Network! Kat and her boyfriend built a 335-square-foot tiny home, and use it in their travels across the country.  Kat is a travel nurse.

Photo of Amy Jo perryDNP student Amy Jo Perry has been selected for the prestigious Justin Micalizzi scholarship for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum. Congratulations, Amy Jo!

Photo of Vandergriff and Fox DNP senior students, Sheana Fox and Danielle Vandergriff, were chosen to attend the 11th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference in Palm Springs, California.  They attended presentations in education, networking, dissemination and also served as volunteers for the conference.

Photo of B. DePrezDNP faculty member Bernadette DePrez has been selected as a Nursing Alumnus of the Year by Southern Adventist University.

Photo of Joy LewisThree cheers for DNP Student Joy Lewis, who has been elected to the position of Director of Region 4 Kentucky Nurses Association/American Nurses Association. 

Photo of Colleen Moss

Congratulations to DNP student Colleen Moss, who has received the Ingrid Josefin Ridky Academic Scholarship from the Academy of Neonatal Nurses!

Linda Hill (left photo) and Amber Roache (right)Congratulations to two outstanding faculty who have received grants from the the Health Resources and Services Administration! Dr. Linda Hill (left) has received $55,989 for her Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship grant. Dr. Amber Roache (right) has been awarded $836,875 to continue the work of the CANDL (Clinical-Academic Network for Developing Leaders) grant.

White Coat Ceremony, Fall 2018

Photos from the White Coat Ceremony, Fall 2018.  Click any photo for larger view.

School of Nursing students learn the importance of advocacy.

Photo of Nursing student with elephant

Nursing student Mackenzie Lefler talks about her experience doing an internship at Chiang Mai, Thailand in this inspiring post for UTC's Center for Global Education.

ROTC provided a path for Rebecca Beebe to live her dream of becoming a nurse.

Photo of Kayla HarperKayla Harper has been accepted into the prestigious VALOR program at the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Center. Ms Harper is starting her final year in the School of Nursing in August 2018 with anticipated graduation in May 2019. The VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program gives outstanding registered nursing students who have completed their junior year the opportunity to develop competencies in clinical nursing at a VA-approved health care facility.

Debbie Haskell with award letterCongratulations to DNP student Brittany Haskell! Brittany is the recipient of a $1,000 UTC SEARCH Award for her DNP Translational Project, "Standardized Patient Facilitated Simulation in Mental Health for Nurse Residents.

TANA on the Hill 2018


Dr. Linda Hill accompanied a group of Anesthesia students to Nashville to meet with legislators as part of the "TANA on the Hill" on behalf of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthesists. Click on any photo to view the gallery.

top ranked bsn badge has ranked UTC's BSN program number one in the state of Tennessee. Congratulations to all of our BSN faculty and advisors for making this level of achievement possible!

2017 Honors and Recognition

A recording of the event is available at Click on any photo below to see the gallery.


2017 Fall DNP Intensive


Senior DNP candidates presented their qualifying examinations while juniors unveiled their proposed projects at a three day seminar at the new Westin Hotel. Click on any photo to see larger versions.


Photo of Dr. Bill CroweDr. William Crowe, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration, has received the Tennessee Hospital Association's "THA Nurse of Distinction Clinical Award. Dr. Crowe also recently received the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Presidential Citation Award."

Jan Keys photo (credit: Erlanger Health Systems)Alumna Jan Keys, chief nursing executive for Erlanger Health System, was also recognized by THA for her leadership in the Tennessee Organization of Nursing Executives (TONE).

Photo of Becky BarnesBecky Barnes, Class of 1977,  was recently recognized as a Champion of Health Care receiving the Innovation in Health Care Award. Ms. Barnes is the administrator of Health Care Services for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, where she has worked since 1980. Becky says that she has seen many positive changes over the last 17 years, including a decrease in infant mortality and youth smoking. Obesity has declined as a result of the Step One initiative. Becky has one goal: a healthy Hamilton County.

UTC Nurse Anesthesia graduates Meghan Duggan and Katie Springer assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief in Texas.

Welcome to the Class of December 2019!


The School of Nursing welcomed the class of December 2019 on August 31 with a White Coat ceremony in Patten Chapel.  Click on any photo for enlargement.

As part of her doctoral project, DNP student Cynthia Shaffer is working to address food deserts in Chattanooga by increasing access to fresh produce. Visit the project's website at

Rachel BoneCongratulations to Rachel Bone, MSN, CRNA, APN, who has been selected for the 2017 Chattanooga Awards for Anesthesiologist! The Chattanooga Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chattanooga area.

Dr. Jan Keys Receiving Inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award, standing with Dr. Smith

Congratulations to alumna Dr. Jan Keys, for receiving the inaugural Outstanding Nursing Alumni award during the School of Nursing 40th Anniversary celebration on May 13th, 2017. Click here to read more

top RN-BSN program badgeUTC's RN-BSN Gateway program has been named one of the top 50 online RN to BSN programs for 2017. Selection was based on on the quality of the program, courses provided, faculty strength, awards, rankings, and reputation.

Photo of Chris Smith outside simulation lab

Congratulations to Dr. Chris Smith
, Director of the School of Nursing, who has been named a recipient of a 2017 President’s Award. Dr. Smith was selected from nominees representing every campus and institute in the University of Tennessee.

Photo of faculty and students at Jan 2017 White Coat Ceremony

Students and faculty at the January 2017 White Coat Ceremony. First level students were presented with their lab coats as a welcome into the profession and into nursing school.

Watch the Honors and Recognition ceremony from December 16, 2016.

Photo of Honors and Recognition ceremony

photo of Charlotte SmalleyCongratulations to Charlotte Smalley, who was honored as one of eight "Champions of Health Care" by Edge Magazine and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Charlotte serves as adjunct faculty in UTC's Nurse Practitioner program.


Jamey Morrison, DNP, APN, CRNA (center) surrounded by award providers.

Jamey Morrison, DNP, APN, CRNA (center) won third place at the UT College of Medicine 3rd Annual Patient Safety-Quality Improvement Day. He is the first nurse to be considered for an award in this venue. Congratulations, Jamey!

Photograph of Kathryn Stewart, BSN student, presenting her SBAR poster at UG Research Dialogue Day

Kathryn Stewart, BSN student, presenting her SBAR poster at UG Research Dialogue Day

Students and Faculty "On the Hill"

Students and faculty visited with Tennessee legislators in March.


Click any photo to see the gallery in large size.

Annoor Academy Health Fair


Twelve BSN students volunteered to go to Annoor Academy to participate in a health fair. The students provided, height, weights, BMIs (and charted these on the BMI percentage charts published by the CDC), heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressures. They also educated the 61 children, from Pre-K to 6th grade, about how to recognize a stroke, the importance of healthy behaviors (mainly diet and exercise), hand hygiene, and gave insight into the role that nurses have in the community.

Our students organized the flow of the health fair and were amazing in their interactions with the children. The principal and the school social worker were surprised when they asked how far along the students were in the nursing program and the answer was “six weeks!" They represented the School of Nursing very well!

 A screen capture from the End of Life video showing the portrait of an individual being interviewed in front of a car shop.

How do healthcare professionals merge professionalism and caring? In November the School premiered a 30 minute film which tells the story of a caregiver who encounters a cancer specialist whose compassion was just as rare as the illness he was treating.

2015 Haiti Trip

students and faculty at airport en route to Haiti

School of Nursing students and faculty on their way to Haiti for an international service learning experience.

2015 Honors & Recognition

This ceremony in May honored our BSN, MSN FNP and DNP graduates from spring 2015.


SNA at Mocs Game 

SON Faculty and students at the STT and SNA basketball game.


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Matter of Balance Master Training

The School's PACT4 Grant is helping to bring this training to Chattanooga. For more, see



Link to SON History video

A new video captures the story of the founding of the School of Nursing. Watch it now on our History page.

top-ranked RN-BSN badgeIn a review of nearly 400 online RN-BSN programs by, UTC's RN-BSN Gateway program was ranked #6 in the nation.  

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Diversity in CRNA logo

UTC is hosting a Diversity CRNA Information Session and Airway Simulation Lab Workshop on March 27-29.

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony - on stage

White coat ceremony - standing

The School of Nursing held its second White Coat Ceremony on January 12, 2015. This ceremony recognizes and welcomes incoming BSN students into the nursing program and the profession. The School of Nursing held its first ever White Coat Ceremony in August of 2014 and plans to continue the ceremony in the future.

Resources for Veterans

School of Nursing staff members Sarah Blackburn and Emily Martin have completed Green Zone or safe zone training in order to assist and ally with veterans and active military service personnel. See more at Resources for Veterans

ETSU Recognizes Alumni

Top 60 ETSU alumni

Chris Smith, Director of the School of Nursing, and Karen Frank, a DNP student and Director of Accreditation and Patient Safety Officer for Memorial Health Care System, were recently selected one of sixty top alumni from East Tennessee State University. More at

DNP Translational Project Presentation

DNP student Melissa Bogle and Joanie Jackson, DNP Coordinator

DNP student Melissa Bogle and Joanie Jackson, DNP Coordinator, presented Translational Project poster at the Region 8 Sigma Theta Tau conference in Murfreesboro in late October. Earlier in 2014 Bogle traveled to Hong Kong for the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Conference.

DNP Conference

2014 DNP Conference, Nashville

DNP Alumni Kelli Hand, Lynn Blackburn, and Sharon Davis join current student Scott Monterde and Program Coordinator Joanie Jackson for lunch at DNP Conference in Nashville.


Cherokee Nation Internship

As a function of a partnership between UTC and the Eastern Band of Cherokee, the Cherokee nation invited UTC students from across academic disciplines to participate in a summer internship on their reservation. The internship provided an immersion experience for four senior baccalaureate nursing students and took place May 5-23 this past summer. The goals of the internship were to raise cultural consciousness, meet the needs of the Cherokee community, and meet the academic needs of the intern participants. Nursing students returned with a stronger appreciation for the role of context and culture in health. It is hoped the internship will be an annual event.

ETSU Recognizes Alumni

Top 60 ETSU alumni

Chris Smith, Director of the School of Nursing, and Karen Frank, a DNP student and Director of Accreditation and Patient Safety Officer for Memorial Health Care System, were recently selected one of sixty top alumni from East Tennessee State University. More at



Students and Faculty in Guatemala

Students and faculty worked in Guatemala for a week through Hope Renewed International from May 10-17. The trip was coordinated by students Jenna Elliott and Katie Battani. For more, see


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UTC's School of Nursing was ranked a Top Nursing School for 2014 by CollegeAtlas. The organization ranks the nation's top nursing schools on affordability, academic quality, accessibility, and NCLEX-RN exam pass rates. More at

 May 2014 MSN Graduates photo

Congratulations to all of our May 2014 BSN, MSN FNP and DNP graduates!

Faculty at May 2014 graduation


Faculty at graduation (from left): Rosebelle Peters, Susan Thul, Tessa Mullinax-Baker, Amy Levi, Stacye Watson, Robyn Tobias, Chris Smith, Cherry Guinn, Joanie Jackson.



Nursing/HHP Open House

Photo of SON Staff at Open House

The School of Nursing and the Department of Health and Human Performance hosted an open house of their renovated facilities in the Metropolitan Building on April 21. From above left: April Anderson (Academic Advisor), Chris Smith (Director of the School of Nursing), and Sarah Blackburn (Coordinator, Nursing Programs and Business Operations).

 Community Garden


School of Nursing faculty Miriam Zwitter and Anne Pingenot accompanied level two nursing students helping to establish a community garden at a Chattanooga group home.


Outstanding Graduate students photos

Congratulations to Donnie Carter (large photo) and Ross Zimmer (bottom two photos) for being named Outstanding Graduate Students! Also shown are Dr. Joanie Jackson (top left), Dr. Carolyn Schreeder (top right), and Professor Wanda Hunt (at podium).


L.E.A.P. Children Photograph

A "student-driven and faculty guided" group of School of Nursing students will travel to Guatemala in May to assist at-risk populations in locales ranging from orphanages to a women's prison.


Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the School of Nursing!

December 2013 DNP Graduating Class

Congratulations to the 2013 graduating DNP class!


Sigma Theta Tau Induction


Health Fair for the Homeless



More than 80 UTC nursing students and faculty members recently provided a health fair for the city’s homeless community. Click a photo above or read the full story.

Dr. Linda Hill

Dr. Linda Hill, Coordinator of the Nurse Anesthesia Concentration, was elected to serve another two-year term (2013 to 2015) on the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors as Director of District IV. Dr. Hill was also appointed as Chair of the TANA Education Committee for 2013-2014.

Open House - October 2013



Faculty and staff were on hand to show renovated spaces in the Metropolitan building, including the new Home Health simulation lab.

Komen 2013

Nursing Komen Participants, 2013


School of Nursing students joined thousands who supported the fight against breast cancer at the 2013 Komen Race for the Cure.

Fall 2013 newsletter (PDF)

Updates on accreditation, renovations, scholarships, grant achievements and more in the Fall 2013 edition of The School of Nursing Newsletter.

History of the Metropolitan Building

Metro building renovations Oct 2013


Recommended: the article by John Shearer with pictures of recent renovations.

Congratulations to Gateway Hybrid Cohort 6!

Gateway Hybrid Cohort 6


In May 2012 a group of registered nurses took their first Gateway class on the journey to earning a BSN. On the last day of July 2013, the same group completed their final Gateway class. Congratulations! This is the eighth cohort to complete the courses since the Gateway program was established in 2007.