Department of Nursing

Our Faculty and Staff

Gain the Confidence to Be a Compassionate Caregiver

Nursing is a profession for individuals interested in a lifetime of helping others. As a critical part of the healthcare system, nurses use skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication to assist individuals, families, and groups in retaining, 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 UT Martin Department of Nursing 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 that combines general education and nursing.

Undergraduate Programs of Study


The baccalaureate nursing program at the University of Tennessee at Martin located in Martin, TN and also offered at the UTM Parsons Center in Parsons, TN is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is continuing accreditation.

Program Outcomes

Limited Enrollment and Admissions Requirements

In order to gain admittance into the Department of Nursing, all potential students must meet the competitive admission process with:

  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 21 and a Reading subscore of 20 required
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score at the Proficient level
  • Completion of prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C required: Math 140 (or Math 100+110), Psychology 101, Microbiology 251, Zoology 251, Zoology 352, or equivalents.

Department Scholarships

The James Augustus Staulcup Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior majoring in nursing with a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrating financial need.

The Jessie (Mutt) Parrish Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in nursing from Medina, Tennessee. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA, and financial need is considered.

The Kay Howard Nursing Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in nursing with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Financial need is considered.

Living Learning Community

A Living Learning Community is an environment where students with shared academic majors or lifestyle interests can live together and collaborate. Located in Cooper Hall, our academic Living Learning Communities have access to community rooms equipped with the latest technologies, study rooms, and a break room.


The Department of Nursing is housed in Gooch Hall, a three-story building that includes the Nightingale Simulation Lab in addition to modern skills labs and classroom space. The Parsons Center’s home is a 29,000- sq.-ft. technologically advanced facility located approximately 80 miles from the main campus in Decatur County.

Department of Nursing
Karen Saldana
136 Gooch Hall
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238