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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.  Top 10 nursing badge

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. "Nursing is not only a career. It is a divine calling. The profession of nursing can provide job security and a comfortable income, but it is so much more than that. Aiding in the alleviation of a patient's pain, leading a dying patient in a prayer of salvation, or hearing words of affirmation and gratitude spoken over you after assisting a mother during the delivery her newborn baby — those are the eternal rewards — the ones that money can't buy," says executive director Dr. Chelsia Harris. 


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:

Prior to Entering Upper Division Nursing Courses

The following must be completed prior to entering the upper division nursing courses. An unsatisfactory result in any of the categories below may disqualify the student.

Health History-documentation of appropriate immunizations must be submitted prior to course registration.  

Drug Screens and Background Checks-completed annually during enrollment through a third party testing facility. Additional drug screens may be required in accordance with the policies of clinical placement sites.

CPR Certification- BLS-Health Care Provider- must be provided through the American Heart Association. A CPR certification card must be provided prior to the beginning of upper division nursing courses.  



Specific courses required:

  • 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) **
  • 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 46nV - Special Topics in Nursing

Certification course:

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


Requirements for a science minor are included.

*Meets requirement for BI 3213, BI 3433, BI 4213 

**Meets ACT Math requirements



2022-2023 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

  Tuition and Fees Room & Board Total
Per Semester $ 18,576 $  7,018 $ 25,594
Per Year $37,152 $14,036 $51,188




Junior Year Nursing Fees: $6,630
Senior Year Nursing Fees: $6,670

Amounts are subject to change.



2022 May Cohort First Time 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.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee 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

  • Chelsia Harris headshot

    Chelsia Harris

    Executive Director, Nursing

    Chelsia Harris is originally from Hartman, Arkansas. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University in 2004, her master of science in nursing degree as...

    Meet Chelsia Harris
  • Christine Deere headshot

    Christine Deere

    Professor of Practice Nursing

    Christine Deere grew up in a Chicago and moved to Nashville, TN to attend Lipscomb University in 2012. She eared her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Lipscomb University...

    Meet Christine Deere
  • Sarah Brewer headshot

    Sarah Brewer

    Assistant Professor

    Sarah Brewer is originally from Topeka, Kansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Washburn University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Belmont University. She...

    Meet Sarah Brewer
  • Mary Hesselrode headshot

    Mary Hesselrode

    Assistant Exec Director for Academics

    Mary Hesselrode grew up in a military family and lived in several locations nationally and internationally.  She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas...

    Meet Mary Hesselrode
  • Jennifer Hicks headshot

    Jennifer Hicks


    Jennifer Hicks is originally from New Jersey. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Harding University in 1981, and her master of science in nursing degree from Vanderbilt University...

    Meet Jennifer Hicks
  • Lori Kelly headshot

    Lori Kelly

    Assistant Professor

    With research interests that include medication administration error reduction and reporting in nursing simulation, Lori comes to Lipscomb with years of experience from all over the country.  She was born...

    Meet Lori Kelly
  • Roletha Pillow

    Roletha Pillow

    Assistant Professor

    Roletha Pillow is a native of Nashville. After her academia appointment, Pillow earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University. She holds several nursing licensures, certifications and professional nursing...

    Meet Roletha Pillow
  • Jenna Sissom headshot

    Jenna Sissom

    Assistant Professor

    Jenna Sissom is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master Science of Nursing in Nursing Education...

    Meet Jenna Sissom
  • Jill Stafford headshot

    Jill Stafford

    Assistant Professor

    Jill grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama. After graduation, Jill married her husband, Mark, and they moved...

    Meet Jill Stafford
  • Beth Twomey headshot

    Beth Twomey

    Assistant Professor

    Beth Twomey is originally from Smyrna, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Belmont University and her Master Science of Nursing in Nursing Education from Middle...

    Meet Beth Twomey
  • Katie Watson headshot

    Katie Watson

    Assistant Professor

    Katie Watson is a Nashville native who graduated from Lipscomb University with a bachelor of science in nursing in 2007. She spent her career as a registered nurse working at Monroe...

    Meet Katie Watson
  • Kathy Williams headshot

    Kathy Williams


    Kathy Williams brings over 35 years of nursing experience into the nursing program here at Lipscomb University. She grew up in Henderson, Tennessee where she attended Freed-Hardeman College and earned...

    Meet Kathy Williams
  • Carlie Woodroof headshot

    Carlie Woodroof

    Non-Teaching Instructor in Nursing

    Carlie Woodroof is originally from San Jose, California. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Oklahoma City University in 2016 and her master of science in nursing...

    Meet Carlie Woodroof

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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.