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Program Overview

Program Overview

We're always looking at what's on the horizon in health care so that you'll be ready to adapt to technological advances in nursing. Our Christ-centered, professional faculty have dedicated their lives to equipping you. You'll get a high quality education in medical surgical courses and all specialty areas including: critical care, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health and community-based learning. And our graduates are successful — in fact, 100 percent of nurses who graduated from our program are working in their health care careers. Research shows 79.6 percent of employers want BSN-prepared nurses. And lower mortality rates, fewer medication errors and positive outcomes are an outcome of nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level (AACN, Oct. 2017). 

So take advantage of the convenience of gaining experience and connections right here in the health care capital of the U.S. “Practice before you practice" in our on-campus, state-of-the-art high fidelity patient simulation lab. You'll be well-prepared when you get the chance to serve on medical mission trips at home and abroad.  

Our faculty will tell you nursing is a rewarding career. It always gives back. Whether you decide to grow in the profession with more degrees or you're content where you are, you'll always be able to serve as a nurse. And you'll always be able to provide a steady income for yourself and your family. "Even when a nurse leaves the profession for an extended period of time, as long as you keep your licensure current by taking the appropriate review courses, you'll be able to return to the profession," executive director Dr. Ruth Corey says, "which only proves once again that nursing will never fail you."

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Before being admitted to the nursing program, a student must be admitted to Lipscomb University and meet the same criteria for admission to Lipscomb as all other students. In addition, a separate admission process is required for students to be admitted to the School of Nursing. Applicants seeking admission by transfer must meet all the standards required by the university. Admission to the School of Nursing is based on the following factors:





  • BI 3153 - Nursing as Kingdom Vocation
  • BY 2424 - Introductory Microbiology
  • BY 2434 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BY 2444 - Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • CM 1013 - Introduction to Chemistry or CM 1024 - Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • NUTR 2613 - Principles of Nutrition
  • PS 1113 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PS 2423 - Life Span Development
  • PS 4423 - Abnormal Psychology
  • MA 2183 - Elementary Statistics or PS 2503 - Behavioral Statistics (Statistics)
  • LU 1203 - Lipscomb Seminar  (based on ACT English scores)
  • CO 1003 - Introduction to Communication
  • EN 1313 - University Writing 
  • LULT Integrated Literature
  • LUHI Integrated History
  • PE requirement (one, two-hour course OR two, one-hour courses)

Courses required after acceptance

  • NURS 3013 - Health Assessment
  • NURS 3024 - Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 3033 - Pharmacology for Nursing
  • NURS 3045 - Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • NURS 3056 - Comprehensive Adult Health Nursing I
  • NURS 3063 - Evidenced-Based Practice & Nursing Theory
  • NURS 3074 - Family Nursing Infant to Adolescent
  • NURS 3084 - Family Nursing and Women's Health
  • NURS 2103 - Pathophysiology Concepts of Disease
  • NURS 4016 - Comprehensive Adult Health Nursing II
  • NURS 4026 - Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing
  • NURS 4033 - Nursing Leadership and Management
  • NURS 4042 - Nursing Capstone
  • NURS 4054 - Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 4183 - Applied Christian Values in Nursing
  • NURS 462V - Nursing Elective

Certification course:

Medical Terminology online course is required for all pre-nursing students before entering the nursing program.


2017 Tennessee NCLEX pass rate

Study abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.


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Our Faculty

  • Ruth Corey

    Ruth Corey

    Executive Director of the School of Nursing

    Ruth Corey is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and worked for many years in both public and private practice. As a nurse research...

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  • Mary Hesselrode

    Mary Hesselrode

    Associate Executive Director for Academics

    Mary Hesselrode, assistant professor, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and her Master of Science from Texas Woman's University in Dallas. Hesselrode worked...

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Career Paths

Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare. The scope of practice varies from state to state.

Registered Nurses

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.