The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) School of Nursing

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) School of Nursing offers CCNE accredited BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs including programs educating CRNAs and Nurse Practitioners. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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In 1886, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), a public institution, was established.

The UTC School of Nursing was founded on January 1, 1973.


Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Upon successful completion of the four-year baccalaureate program in nursing, graduates are then eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure exam (NCLEX) then become eligible for state licensure as an RN.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a C
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA at UTC
  • Minimum Science GPA 2.50
  • Essay questions

RN to BSN Gateway

This four semester, 16 month program, is a 100% online program that begins in August and January of each year. The program is for Registered Nurses.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Graduation from accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Current RN license
  • Practicing as RN


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Nurse Practitioner concentration has two specialty track options:

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology (AGACNP)

This track consists of a six-semester program which gives the students the option to keep working full- or part-time and can be completed over a period of 24 months. The variety of course formats include online, hybrid, and face-to-face.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Lifespan

The FNP Concentration program is a six-semester program allowing students to continue working full- or part-time.

Admission FNP/AGACNP (not all inclusive)

  • BSN accredited by the NLN or CCNE
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • RN experience and licensure
  • Minimum 1-year acute/critical care experience for the ACNP-AG specialty
  • Minimum 1-year direct patient care experience for the FNP specialty
  • GRE or MAT scores within the last five years
  • The GRE or MAT requirement is waived for applicants with a 3.4 or higher nursing GPA or for post master's certificate applicants

MSN in Nurse Anesthesia

NOTE: The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree.  Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January 2021.

The MSN in Nurse Anesthesia is a 27-month program that requires full-time study. At the end of the program the graduate will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board of Certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • BSN from an accredited program by the NLN or the CCNE
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • At least two years of critical care experience within the last five years
  • Official GRE or Mailler Analogy Test (MAT) scores; post master's applicants are not required to submit GRE or MAT scores

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program is designed for the post master's student and consists of a minimum of 36 semester credits. Students develop and implement an evidence-based innovative translational project and are required to complete additional clinical requirements to meet the mandated minimum of 1,000 Post-baccalaureate hours of specialty training. Post-masters students are allowed to apply a maximum of 500 of their post baccalaureate clinical hours to the 1,000 minimum mandate.

The Nursing Administration (BSN or higher to DNP) curriculum includes a full-time or part-time option and students must take a minimum of 57 credits to achieve the DNP. Students 1,000 clinical hours then a clinical residency that involves a Translational Project.

The DNP Nursing Administration Systems assists students to continue on and complete the Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Post Masters Certificate in Academic Nursing Education

This certificate program takes three semesters to complete and is held mostly online. After completing all five courses successfully, a certificate in Academic Nursing Education will be awarded.


The UTC BSN, MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, and post-graduate APRN certificates are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The MSN Nurse Anesthesia concentration is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #23 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #44 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #51 in Best value Schools
  • #51 Nursing-Anesthesia
  • #65 (tie) in Regional Universities South  
  • #101 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #113 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master's

NICHE (2019)

  • Best College Campuses in America #100 of 1,408
  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #146 of 725
  • Best College Dorms in America #170 of 1,370
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #199 of 599
  • Top Public Universities in America #269 of 672
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #429 of 1,542
  • Best College Locations in America #450 of 1,553
  • Best Colleges in America #691 of 1,647
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #795 of 1,591
  • Best Value Colleges in America #841 of 1,590
  • Best College Campuses in Tennessee #3 of 35
  • Best College Locations in Tennessee #4 of 36
  • Top Public Universities in Tennessee #6 of 9
  • Best College Dorms in Tennessee #7 of 35
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Tennessee #7 of 35
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Tennessee #8 of 28
  • Best Colleges for Nursing in Tennessee #8 of 20
  • Best Value Colleges in Tennessee #16 of 37
  • Best Colleges in Tennessee #19 of 38
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Tennessee #19 of 37
  • Colleges with the Best Academics in Tennessee #20 of 37
  • Best Colleges in Chattanooga Area #3 of 6
  • Best Value Colleges in Chattanooga Area #3 of 6

UTC's BSN program was ranked #1 in the state of Tennessee by (2018-2019).

UTC's RN-BSN Gateway program was ranked #6 of 400 for the best online RN to BSN programs by (2018).

UTC's School of Nursing was listed as Best Nursing Schools-East by (2017).

CollegeAtlas ranked UTC's School of Nursing as a Top Nursing School.

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