Program of Study

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General Education

Our advisors will work with you to transfer any existing college credits, but unless you already hold a Bachelor of Science in another field, chances are good you will need to complete at least some general education classes in English, Math, Humanities or Sciences.  Working with your advisor, you'll use the Gateway Curriculum Checklist (PDF format) as a starting point ot get maximum credit for your existing courses and plan for new ones.

Course Information 

The nursing courses in the Gateway program are completed over a 16 month period. 

Online Cohort: August Start

Fall 2110: Nursing Theory
2260: Pathophysiology
Spring 2120: Health Assessment
3310: Issues in Professional Nursing
Summer 4800: Community Health Nursing
4410: Nursing Research
Fall 4420: Leadership
4850: Capstone

Online Cohort: January Start

Spring 2110: Nursing Theory
2260: Pathophysiology
Summer 2120: Health Assessment
4800: Community Health Nursing
Fall 3310: Issues in Professional Nursing
4410: Nursing Research
Spring 4420: Leadership
4850: Capstone

Course Descriptions

2110: Introduction to Conceptual Thinking (3 credit hours)

Introduction to conceptual thinking about theory, practice and research through the Orem Conceptual Model.

2260: Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

Concepts of pathophysiologic events throughout the life span; includes pathogenesis, morphologic changes, clinical manifestations, and implications for treatment.

2120: Health Assessment (3 credit hours)

Introduction to a foundation in basic health assessment of individuals from structural, functional and developmental perspectives.

3310: The Individual in Professional Practice (3 credit hours)

Exploration of nurse agency in the Orem Conceptual Model with an emphasis on social, political and ethical characteristics.

4800: Concepts of Community Health (6 credit hours)

This course examines synthesis of concepts and practice of Nurse Agency applied to vulnerable populations and communities through classroom and clinical components.

4410: Research (3 credit hours)

An introduction to nursing research emphasizing nursing theory as a basis for research, and the application of research to improve nursing practice.

4420: Professional Nursing in the Health Care System (3 credit hours)

This course examines characteristics of Nurse Agency that focus on the professional nurse as leader and manager in health care systems.

4850: Culminating Senior Experience (3 credit hours)

A culminating experience that emphasizes reflection, integration, and synthesis of concepts from natural, behavioral, nursing science and the humanities for application to professional nursing practice.

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The 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.