Department of Nursing
Dr. Victoria Strickland Seng, Chair
136 Gooch Hall
Jo Margaret Aden, Lori K. Anthony, Ruby Black, Esther Christian, Melba J. Figgins, Mary Ruth Gibbons, Michelle R. Hand, Margaret Harvey, Julie Pearson, Rebecca W. Pitcher, Victoria Strickland Seng, Faye M. Sigman, Nancy A. Warren.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Nursing is a profession for individuals interested in a lifetime of challenge. As a critical part of the health care system, nurses use skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication to assist individuals, families, and groups in attaining and maintaining optimal levels of health. Nursing requires a genuine interest in people combined with the ability to pull together knowledge from several disciplines and the physical stamina necessary to meet fast-paced demands.
The mission of the Department of Nursing is to prepare a liberally educated professional nurse with a strong clinical background who makes comprehensive assessments and responds to the health care needs of individuals, families, and groups. Knowledge gained from theory and experience in the study of physical and behavioral sciences, humanities, and the discipline of nursing is required to develop and implement nursing practice. The professional nurse uses valid research findings to identify and participate in creating change in the practice and improvement of health care delivery.
The B.S.N. nursing curriculum is a four-year program which combines general education and nursing, with nursing content beginning in the sophomore year. Students majoring in B.S. Nursing take 73 semester hours of nursing courses and 62 semester hours of required and elective non-nursing courses. Upon successful completion of the B.S.N. program, the graduate is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) by The University of Tennessee. Graduates with the B.S.N. degree demonstrate the competencies necessary for entry into nursing practice and are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a registered professional nurse. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program has full approval of the Tennessee Board of Nursing and initial accreditation from the National League for Nursing.
A national need for professional nurses with a wide variety of practice options allows great flexibility and mobility for graduates. Graduates with a baccalaureate in nursing can choose from provision of direct patient care, teaching, administration, research, case management, and marketing positions in hospital, community, educational, military, government, industrial, and expanded practice settings. Graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral levels allow greater specialization and further expand job opportunities.
Lectures are held on campus or at off-campus sites. Practical laboratory experiences are held in the departmental labs with patient care and skill stations containing health care simulators, equipment, and supplies for student instruction and practice. Numerous videotapes and filmstrips are available for student viewing.
Off-campus clinical laboratory experiences are taught by UT Martin nursing faculty in area health care agencies. Transportation to various agencies for clinical experiences must be provided by the student.
Fats Everett Nursing Scholarship- Awarded to a full-time B.S.N. clinical student with a GPA of 2.50 and demonstrating financial need. Applications for the scholarship are available from the Department of Nursing and should be submitted by March 1.
Woman's Clinic, Union City Nursing Scholarship- Awarded to a resident of Obion County enrolled as a full-time B.S.N. clinical student with a GPA of 2.50. Applications for the scholarship are available from the Department of Nursing and should be submitted by March 1.
David C. Hogan Scholarship- Awarded to a resident of Obion County (for at least two years) who is enrolled as a full-time upper division B.S.N. clinical student with a GPA of 2.50. Must be repaid if the recipient withdraws from the program. Applications for the scholarship are available from the Department of Nursing and should be submitted by March 1.
Other scholarships are available through various area health care agencies and organizations.
The Student Nurses Association at UT Martin is the student branch of the American Nurses Association and is composed of students majoring in nursing or pre-nursing who are interested in various nursing careers and experiences. Monthly meetings usually include speakers, films, or other types of programs. SNA sponsors several money-making projects. Benefits available to SNA members include eligibility for the National Student Nurses Association Scholarships, nursing journals, access to nursing conventions, meetings, and a banquet at the end of the year.
Any student majoring in nursing can join SNA by contacting a member for a membership blank and paying annual dues. All interested students are urged to attend meetings and consider joining.
Admission, Advanced Standing, Retention, And Readmission
The nursing program is open to men and women who satisfy the entrance requirements of the University and the nursing program. Students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities made available by the University to students of all disciplines.
The admission, advanced standing, retention, and readmission policies of the Department of Nursing may differ from other programs in the University because limited enrollment is necessary to provide student clinical experiences while assuring safe patient care and adherence to standards required for state licensure of registered professional nurses.
All students not currently enrolled at UT Martin are required to apply for admission to the University by submitting an application to the Admissions Office.
Admission to the B.S.N. clinical program is separate from admission to the University. Applicants must submit a separate application to the Department of Nursing for admission to clinical nursing. Priority is given to applicants whose application is received by February 1 before the Fall Semester in which acceptance to B.S.N. nursing courses is desired. Admission priority will also be given to students who have successfully completed all the courses listed in the B.S.N. curriculum for the Freshman year (or at least 34 semester hours of required general education courses which include Chemistry 121-122, Mathematics 140, Microbiology 251, and Psychology 110-120, or equivalent). A grade of D or F in any of these required courses may delay or alter admission to the clinical nursing program. The applications are screened for selection on a competitive basis by the Nursing Admissions Committee of the University.
Students accepted to begin B.S.N. nursing courses are required to:
Advanced Standing Admission
Students requesting to receive nursing credit for previous nursing education must:
Note: Ineligibility for the nursing curriculum does not affect the student's eligibility for acceptance into another curriculum offered by the University.
To receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) at UT Martin from The University of Tennessee all students must:
Students already licensed as Registered Nurses may complete the B.S.N. degree program and meet the general requirements for a Bachelor's degree as follows:
Extra Costs - Subject to Change: