Nursing Program

The bachelor of science degree in nursing provides a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences during the freshman and sophomore years at the Tennessee Wesleyan College campus in Athens. Nursing courses begin during the junior year at the Knoxville site with clinical practice in the healthcare organizations of Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children's Hospital and other area community health and nursing home sites. Professional education courses are taught by masters/doctorally prepared nurses who are excellent teachers with career experience in a variety of educational and clinical settings.

Why Tennessee Wesleyan?

The Tennessee Wesleyan Fort Sanders Nursing Department offers a baccalaureate degree (BSN) to pre-licensure and registered nurse students. The program builds on general education courses in the humanities and natural and behavioral sciences, which provide a breadth and depth of learning experiences with a strong foundation of Christian values. The upper division courses evolve from nursing competencies to promote optimum health, prevent illness, and provide end-of-life care with diverse populations in a variety of settings. The curriculum plan is available upon request. All theory and clinical nursing courses are offered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

What Makes This Program Unique?

This program was established as a partnership between the former Fort Sanders School of Nursing in Knoxville, Tennessee and Tennessee Wesleyan College. This joint endeavor combines Fort Sanders' long history of excellence in nursing education with the college's tradition of providing a quality liberal arts education. Our nursing program is committed to higher education for professional nurses, lifelong learning and professional values. 

What is the objective of the Nursing Department?

The Nursing Department's objective is to educate a beginning professional nurse who will function in this role as a provider of care, a manager of care and as an active member of the nursing profession. The faculty is committed to providing the essential knowledge and abilities to enter professional practice as a generalist, as well as to developing a foundation for continuing education and graduate study. Students experience personal contact and close communication with experienced nursing faculty, and our low clinical ratios provide an opportunity for meaningful/collaborative relationships between faculty and students.

How do I apply to the Baccalaureate Nursing Program?

Application for admission to upper division nursing courses should be made in the sophomore year. Students will be selected in the spring for admission to the fall class. Selection will be based on, but not limited to, academic ability and achievement, high school and college transcripts, references and personal interviews.

How long will it take me to complete the BSN program?

The program of study for the baccalaureate nursing student consists of eight consecutive semesters (four years).   


Tennessee Wesleyan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500. The program has received full approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing, 227 French Landing, Suite 300, Heritage Place MetroCenter, Nashville, TN 37243, (615) 532-5166, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202-463-6930. 


Tennessee Wesleyan College
Fort Sanders Nursing Department
9845 Cogdill Drive, Knoxville TN 37932
(865) 777-5100