Union University School of Nursing | 95% NCLEX Pass Rates

A self-described Baptist and evangelical university providing a Christian education, Union University offers the Traditional BSN, LPN and RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN, and DNP degree programs. The School of Nursing also offers degree pathways as Nurse Practitioners as well as pathways for the BSN-prepared CRNA.

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  • Accreditation ccne Accredited coa Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, LPN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, NP, CRNA, Other
  • Location Jackson, TN
  • Telephone 1-731-661-6545
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Founded in 1823, Union University is a private, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The School of Nursing began in the early 1960’s and serves as one of the largest majors for Union University. Students receive their education from a nationally ranked and accredited School of Nursing combining service to the Lord according to his or her area(s) of specialty.

Undergraduate Nursing Programs

First Step to BSN

Traditional BSN




First Step to BSN

The First Step to BSN program enables adult students having little or no prior college credits, to progress toward earning their degrees. First Step features an 18-month rotation of online and accelerated core courses. After completing the program, students may apply to the Accelerated BSN program where they can work toward their BSN degree, in 15 months, or enter the Traditional BSN program.  A First Step student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have a state high school equivalency diploma and be at least 24 years of age. The program is available on Jackson, Germantown and Hendersonville campuses.


This primary degree program option leads students to the BSN. The track can be completed in four semesters (two years) with credit given for previous LPN academic preparation and experience. 64 hours of completion are required for the BSN degree. Jackson Campus is the only campus available for the LPN to BSN program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated (BSNA)

This 15-month Accelerated BSN track is for non-nurses who have a bachelor's degree in another field or are at least 24 years of age, have completed general educational requirements, but did not complete a bachelor's degree. The program is available on the Jackson, Germantown and Hendersonville campuses.


The RN to BSN track is for the Registered Nurse that holds an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing. Completion of the curriculum may be achieved online, excluding general education requirements. All online didactics may be completed though E-Campus. The program can generally be completed in 18 months.

Graduate Nursing Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nursing Education

Nursing Administration

Family Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Post-Graduate Certificate

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Nurse Anesthesia

Family Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Executive Leadership

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program focuses on advanced theory and practice in a specialized area of nursing. Curriculum provides students opportunities to practice in a variety of health-care settings.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program prepares graduate students for roles in areas of executive leadership, nurse anesthesia, and nurse practitioner. The DNP Program includes clinical experiences in one's area of practice while incorporating a Christian worldview.

The RN to DNP and BSN to DNP programs are available as full-time options only. Areas of specialization include:

  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Executive Leadership

The Nurse Practitioner tracks require a combination of on-line and weekly on-campus sessions. The Executive Leadership option is offered completely online, with the exception of 3-4 day on-campus sessions three times a year.

The post-master's DNP can be taken as a full-time or part-time track that begins the fall of each year. Students are expected to be on campus for four 1-week sessions during the program with an ongoing online educational process through Moodle. Clinical fellowships are completed in the student's geographical area coupled with clinical agency support from the institution in completing a DNP Project.

Nurse Anesthesia - CRNA to DNP Track (for Licensed CRNAs with a BSN)

The CRNA to DNP program provides the student with the opportunity to enhance the understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and broaden one's perspective of health care systems and delivery models from a Christian worldview. The DNP Program is designed as a full-time, online-based program that begins the fall of each year.

Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

  • Cumulative Graduate GPA at least 3.0
  • Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate/graduate courses
  • Current, unencumbered RN and CRNA license in state of residence
  • 1,000 clinical hours post-BSN degree
  • Eligible for Tennessee RN license
  • Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee interview
  • Three letters of professional/academic reference
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Curriculum Vitae

Post-Master's DNP Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in state of residence
  • Current unencumbered APRN (CRNA) licensure in state of residence
  • BS or MS (preferably in nursing) from accredited program
  • Earned master's degree other than MSN may be considered
  • Cumulative 3.0 Graduate GPA
  • Nursing Graduate Admissions Selection Committee interview
  • Statement of past clinical and/or work experiences, scholarly activities, and community service


Christian Universities Online (CUO) listed Union University School of Nursing Top 10 Christian College Nursing Degree Programs for 2017.

Recognized in the top tier of Southern liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report.

Ranked as one of five highly selective private institutions by Time Magazine and Princeton Review.

The School of Nursing has one of the top online graduate nursing programs in the country, according to US News & World Report. In its latest rankings, the publication placed Union’s program 40th nationally, out of the nation’s top 72 programs.


The School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with specialty accreditation for the nurse anesthesia track by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

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    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: Accelerated BSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2018

    My Experience

    Christ centered education that was absolutely wonderful! A lot of hard work but it was worth it.

    About The Staff

    Very helpful! They were there for you every step of the way.

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