Keys to Success
This program requires you to be committed, focused, and eager to provide the best possible care to patients of all ages. A commitment to lifelong learning, critical thinking, inquisitiveness, and collaboration are all important to success in this field and in this program.
South College is eager to support our students in any way we can. Our experienced faculty members are available to provide one-on-one mentoring, and the distance learning platform includes discussion forums so students and faculty can communicate and collaborate. Also, students may complete the clinical portion of the program at an approved location near their homes or workplaces.
This is the most advanced family nurse practitioner program offered by South College.
Accreditation or Approval
State Authorization (Knoxville, Nashville, Asheville, Atlanta)
The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) received initial approval from the Tennessee Board of Nursing in December 2003, with full approval granted in September 2008. Approval for the addition of the Nashville Learning Site was granted in November 2016. The Master of Science in Nursing program received initial approval in November 2016. The Practical Nursing certification program (Knoxville) received initial approval in February 2018. The South College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Asheville Learning Site received initial approval from the North Carolina Board of Nursing in February 2016. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered at the Atlanta Learning Site received initial approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in September 2018.
Knoxville & Nashville
The Bachelor of Science program offered at the Parkside Learning Site (Knoxville) and Nashville Learning Site are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975- 5000, www.acenursing.org
). ACEN approved the Substantive Changes report regarding the addition of the BSN program at the Nashville Learning Site in January 2017; Continued Accreditation granted in January 2018 following an on-site review.
Knoxville, Nashville, Asheville, and Atlanta
South College is pursuing initial accreditation for the baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in Nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org
). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 74 (BSN-MSN) 148 (RN-MSN) 254 (RN-BSN-MSN)
Degree Length: 18 months full-time enrollment
*South College operates on the quarter system, offering the possibility for more flexibility and more options for our students.
Program Tuition Rate
Please contact Admissions at 865-288-8750.
South College offers flat-rate tuition, which provides students the opportunity to take more hours for a lower cost. 10-18 hours is the same cost regardless of how many hours are taken.