A Message from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of 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 wide variety of practice options including direct patient care, teaching, administration, research, case management, and marketing in hospital, community, education, government, industrial, and expanded practice settings allows great flexibility and mobility for graduates.


An individual holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and passing the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) is eligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Employment as an RN is available in a variety of settings. Position availability in specific practice areas varies according to geographic needs. Graduate and continuing education programs further expand employment opportunities.


The Department of Nursing at UT Martin has a proud and successful history in educating nurses. Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program is a four-year program which combines general education and nursing. Clinical nursing courses begin in the sophomore year. Admission is competitive among students who satisfy the entrance requirements of the University and the Department of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree by The University of Tennessee and becomes eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for licensure as a registered professional nurse.


The BSN degree is offered on Martin campus and at the Parsons Center. The Department of Nursing also offers an RN-BSN program option. This option is available online and at the Ripley Center.


For more information please contact us at:

Department of Nursing

The University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN 38238

(731) 881-7131