Tennessee offers an array of Christian postsecondary institutions that offer undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in nursing. Each school has unique nursing programs and resources that vary in size, denomination and other key factors. Here we discuss a few of the Christian nursing schools in the state.
It is common for Christian nursing schools in Tennessee to have undergraduate tuition rates greater than $30,000 (according to the NCES), but there are some with lower rates. Compare some of the schools, their tuition rates and denominations in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Lee University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Church of God||Cleveland, TN||$16,730|
|King University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Bristol, TN||$28,572|
|Belmont University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Nashville, TN||$32,820|
|Union University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510|
|Christian Brothers University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Memphis, TN||$31,870|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Nursing Schools in Tennessee
Students looking for Christian nursing schools in Tennessee can choose from several scattered throughout the state that offer different degree programs in the subject. Find out more about a handful of these schools, including what spiritual growth opportunities each school provides.
According to the NCES, Lee University had a little over 4,800 undergraduates in 2016. The school's School of Nursing offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program aims to help students provide holistic care with compassion and Christ-centered confidence. Students in the program are grouped as first-time freshmen, transfer students or students who change their major to nursing. To help students grow in their faith, the school's campus ministry offers spiritual counseling services, small groups for discipleship and Missions Week. Students can also participate in spiritual clubs like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Backyard Ministries, CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) or Mission Alive.
King University offers a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree program in nursing. Students participate in research and clinical experiences, as well as missions trips and service learning experiences at community programs, health clinics and schools. The school has weekly chapel services and convocations that include guest speakers to help students grow in their faith. The school also has Bible studies and different student ministries, such as FCA, Young Life, Dawn Treaders (drama ministry) and International Justice Mission. The NCES reported that the school had about 2,340 undergraduates in 2016.
Belmont University is home to the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing that offers 13 state-of-the-art learning labs. Students can pursue a bachelor's, master's or doctoral (post-BSN) degree in nursing, as well as a post-master's program (MSN to DNP). The nursing school is also home to the Omicron Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Belmont University had close to 6,300 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Students wishing to develop their spiritual lives can attend chapel and small groups, participate in service-learning, get a Spiritual Life Assistant and/or go on missions trips.
Students at Union University can grow in their faiths by participating in life groups, Men's or Women's Cooperatives, local or global outreach organizations and attending chapel services. The NCES stated that the school had about 2,290 undergraduates in 2016. The school was honored as a College of Distinction for Nursing in 2017-2018 and offers more than 15 ways for students to obtain their nursing licensure. Students can pursue nursing at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels and can also participate in short-term international missions trips.
Christian Brothers University
The NCES reported that Christian Brothers University had close to 1,690 undergraduate students in 2016. The school offers a unique RN to BSN program that is designed for working individuals. The program can be finished in 3 semesters full-time and is offered in a hybrid format that has class one night a week. The school aims to fosters students' spiritual lives through Mass services, service and outreach opportunities and student groups like FCA, the Catholic Student Association (CSA) and First Love.