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Best Grad Schools (Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice 23-24) and Best Colleges Nursing (BSN) Programs 22-23 ranked by U.S. News & World Reports.


Why Choose the UTHSC College of Nursing

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has designated the college as an NLN Center of Excellence in the category of Enhancing Student Learning and Professional Development. This speaks to our highly engaged and skilled faculty and extraordinary opportunities for professional development at the college.

Designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing 
Highest-ranked BSN program in TN by U.S. News & World Report
DNP program ranked 25th in the country by U.S. News & World Report



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Graduate Spotlight

“After working in Emergency Medical Services, I realized I wanted to stay with patients longer to address their health needs on a deeper level. Seeing nurses involved in all aspects of care made me see nursing as a perfect fit.

Savannah Nickel
Recent graduate, ABSN program

UT Promise

Students in our Traditional BSN option who meet requirements are eligible to receive the UT Promise scholarship.

Explore UTHSC College of Nursing Opportunities

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing - prepares students to become registered nurses who can practice in a variety of clinical settings. This 12-month program is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree (non-nursing) and who are interested in becoming registered nurses.

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing - prepares students to become registered nurses who can practice in a variety of clinical settings. This four-semester program is designed for students who have earned prerequisites and want to complete their nursing degree in a dynamic health science center.

Doctor of Nursing Practice- combines coursework with intensive practice experiences to prepare nurse leaders in eight practice concentrations. The eight concentrations include Adult Gerontology/Acute Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health, Nurse Anesthesiology, Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatric Acute Care, Nurse Midwifery, and Neonatal Care. The college also offers three dual concentrations.

PhD in Nursing Science - prepares nurse scientists to engage in evidence-based research that seeks to impact lives through scientific discovery. Offered through UTHSC’s Graduate College of Health Sciences, the PhD in Nursing Science is taught by the Nursing faculty. Students’ academic areas of study will align with a faculty member’s area of research focus or expertise.

Certificates: Post-Graduate APRN (DNP) Certificates offered by the college include psychiatric mental health, family nurse practitioner, adult gerontology/acute care, pediatric acute care, and pediatric primary care. The college also offers a Post-Graduate APRN (MSN) Adult Gerontology/Acute Care Certificate. The college is currently seeking accreditation for these certificates.

The college also offers a Forensic Nursing Certificate and a Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) certificate, which allows a perioperative RN or APRN to function in an expanded role as a surgical first assistant.

Program Contact Information

Please visit our academic program pages, which are linked above, for specific information regarding admission, including admission requirements, course descriptions, and application procedures.

  • Please reach out to coordinator Dr. Trina Barrett if you have questions about the accelerated BSN option
  • Please reach out to coordinator Dr. Jami Brown if you have questions about the traditional BSN option.
  • Please reach out to DNP Director, Dr. Bobby Bellflower if you have questions about the DNP program.
  • Please reach out to our PhD Program Director, Dr. Carolyn Graff, if you have questions about the PhD in Nursing Science.  

Application Deadlines

Deadlines and details can be found on the program specific pages: the PhD page, the BSN page or the DNP page.

Partnership Enrollment Programs

Students at Lane College, Dillard University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rhodes College, UT  Southern, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Dyersburg State Community College, Arkansas State University Mid-South, and Sewanee, University of the South, are eligible for our Partnership Enrollment Programs. 

Regional Tuition Discounts

A regional tuition discount is available to out-of-state students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who live within 250 miles of the City of Memphis. Their tuition will be discounted by 75%. 

State Authorizations for Distance Education Students

The US Department of Education requires that states be responsible for all education offered to residents within their state boundaries regardless of where the education originates.  As a result, states have instituted state authorization regulations governing all or portions of educational programs that are being completed in their states by out-of-state students (e.g., a UTHSC student wishing to complete a clinical experience in a state other than TN). These regulations encompass both online education as well as clinical experiences for UTHSC students permanently or temporarily residing in states other than Tennessee. Students are advised to seek clarification prior to arranging for clinical experiences outside of the state of Tennessee or to enrolling in one of the College’s online programs if they reside in a state other than Tennessee to ensure the presence of the necessary authorization.

For information regarding currently authorized locations, refer to UT's State Regulatory Authorization policy (although students should be aware that the status of state-by-state authorization changes frequently and as such the best source of up-to-date information is either the program director or academic dean for the specific college in which the student is enrolled).

Important Note for Prospective Students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing board in your home state BEFORE beginning the academic program located outside your state.

Nursing Student Affairs Contact Information

Manager of Admissions
Rachel McCullough, MEd
874 Union Ave., Room 140F
Memphis,TN 38163

Nursing Admissions Counselor
Joaquin Gant, BA
874 Union Ave., Room 140K
Memphis, TN 38163

Director of Student Success and Engagement
Mellody Selph, MSN
874 Union Ave., Room 140E
Memphis, TN 38163

Apr 19, 2024