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School of Nursing

Nursing Is Your Mission.

Reach Higher — Be a Lipscomb Nurse.

As a nurse, your care of patients is the foundation for any thriving health care system. You are attentive to the physical and spiritual needs of those who are hurting. Here at Lipscomb, you learn from a Christian community of professionals focused on healing and nurturing both body and soul. The Tennessee Board of Nursing calls our faculty, “Remarkable, with caring characteristics, open and supportive.” In our undergraduate BSN program you learn one-on-one from professors who strive for your success. This learning happens in Lipscomb’s spacious nursing building that houses the region’s best-equipped Health Simulation Laboratory. In our online RN-to-BSN program, you're not a number — you're seen as a human created in the image of God. Our caring faculty will lead and mentor you along the way.
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Undergraduate Programs

You'll graduate having already spent hundreds of hours working in health care facilities. Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) includes extensive study in the humanities and social sciences as well as 32 credit hours of clinical placements during your course of study. This partnership of foundational study along with hands-on training in five foundational areas of the nursing field, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, critical care and medical/surgical, means you will graduate both experienced and well-rounded.

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Practice Before You Practice.

For BSN student nurses with the right skills, nursing can be a challenging, rewarding profession with numerous career opportunities whether it be in a hospital setting, clinical setting, private practice or in the mission field.

Through one-on-one faculty support, extensive foundational study, the latest technology and hundreds of hours of clinical training in some of the most prestigious health care facilities in the nation, we will nurture your compassion, build your confidence and train you in critical thought processes required to thrive in today’s health care environment.

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Confidence in Your Future

We also offer you the opportunity to use your practice and experience to earn up to 27 college credit hours. Combined with your associate's degree in nursing, you'll be 75 percent closer to graduating with your BSN.

Our online RN-to-BSN program gives you confidence and a competitive edge to becoming a leader in your field, but with the distinct advantage of being completely online and accessible to you. You can earn your BSN within 18 months and in some cases with as few as 33 credit hours.

* The RN-to-BSN Program is currently on inactive status for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Meet the key faculty who will guide you on your way to becoming a nurse.

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    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
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    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
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    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
  • 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

    Associate 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...

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  • 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...

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    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...

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  • 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...

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    Katie Watson

    Adjunct Faculty

    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...

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    Kathy Williams

    Assistant Professor

    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...

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    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...

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Undergraduate Programs

There are three pathways to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students may enter the BSN nursing program as a freshman through the direct admit pathway. Undeclared Lipscomb undergraduate students or transfer students from other institutions may enter after earning the pre-requisites through the Transfer Pathway. The third pathway is the RN-to-BSN pathway for registered nurses with an associate degree in Nursing (or equivalent).