Schools and Programs
Adult programs in Nashville offer studies in areas such as accounting, business administration, education, law, and nursing. Flexible scheduling, which could include evening and weekend studies, as well as online availability of many courses makes these programs attractive to adults who might need to adhere to current work schedules or who have other obligations to meet. Most commonly, students of these adult programs will earn a bachelor's degree.
View the table below for some quick stats about two Nashville schools that offer adult degrees, and read on to learn more details about the types programs that are available:
Schools At a Glance
|School Name||Institution Type||Class Format||Program Level|
|Lipscomb University||Private 4-year and above||On-campus, online||2-year, 4-year and graduate degrees|
|Belmont University||Private 4-year and above||On-campus, online||4-year and graduate degrees|
Lipscomb University's Adult Education Programs
Lipscomb University's College of Professional Studies caters to working adults. Students can pursue a degree through three pathways: Professional, which leads to a Bachelor of Professional Students, Integrated, which leads to a BA or BS in Integrated Studies, and Classic, which leads to a degree in one of seven majors. Programs for the Classic path are detailed below.
Bachelor of Science in Education
The adult degree program in education at Lipscomb prepares students to teach at the Pre K-3 or the K-6 level. Students participate in student teaching during their final semester and take the PRAXIS II exam to earn their Teaching Certificate. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Bachelor Degree in Law, Justice, and Society
Adult students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Law, Justice and Society with a concentration in conflict management, law and ethics or social change. A minor in this program is also offered. Graduates are prepared for government careers or positions with corporate and non-profit organizations.
Bachelor of Business Administration
Lipscomb offers programs in business administration in the areas of corporate management, human resources management and information technology management. Each program provides solid skills for a career in business management and a foundation for continued graduate study.
Bachelor Degree in Social Work
This Bachelor of Social Work degree program includes 500 hours of supervised field work. The program prepares students for entry-level careers, positions as general social workers or for further graduate study.
Belmont University's Adult Education Programs
Also a 4-year private school, Belmont University has a 64% graduation rate for its adult degree programs. Programs are designed to be flexible to accommodate working adults.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
The bachelor's degree program in accounting prepares students for careers in public accounting with private organizations, non-profits groups and government agencies. Students can formulate individual education plans based on how many undergraduate credits they have already earned and whether or not they plan to pursue the CPA designation.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Business
The business administration program for working adults covers a wide range of topics, including accounting, economics, finance, ethics, management and entrepreneurship.
Bachelor of Arts/Science (BA/BS) in Public Relations Management
Students can choose between a BA or BS degree program in public relations management to prepare for careers in a variety of settings, including PR firms, international firms, healthcare organizations or non-profit groups. Courses cover topics, such as event planning, media relations and public relations fundraising.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The bachelor's degree in nursing program is designed for registered nurses (RNs) who wish to complete a bachelor's degree for professional growth. In addition to general education courses like biological science and psychology, students take core courses, such as wellness and mental health, health promotion and nursing informatics.