LMU-CSON Adding BSN Program to LMU Tower Offerings

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The Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing (LMU-CSON) will begin offering a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at the LMU Tower in January 2022.

“We are excited to expand the variety of programs available at the newly renovated and expanded LMU Tower,” said Dr. Tammy Dean, LMU-CSON dean. “There is a tremendous need for nurses at all levels of education and across the health care industry. While this will be our second BSN location in Knoxville, the traditional pace and Spring semester start time will allow us to provide an alternative option to the accelerated option, which features a Fall semester start, currently offered at LMU-Cedar Bluff.”  

The LMU Tower in KnoxvilleLMU-CSON currently offers the traditional BSN degree program at the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee and an accelerated BSN at LMU-Cedar Bluff in Knoxville. Both enroll cohorts with Fall starts in August. The traditional BSN cohort at the LMU Tower will enroll students for a Spring start beginning in January 2022. Whether you enroll in the accelerated or traditional program, you will complete a total of 122 credit hours prior to graduation. The program includes 62 general education credit hours and 60 nursing credit hours. Once the general education requirements have been met, full time BSN students should complete the program in four semesters. The traditional format allows for summer breaks, while the accelerated path includes four consecutive semesters and can be completed in 17 months.

The national pass rate for first-time BSN takers of the NCLEX is 90.29%. LMU BSN graduates have notched a 98% or better first-time pass rate for four years running – 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. One hundred and three LMU-CSON BSN grads sat for the most recent administration of the NCLEX, representing three LMU-CSON sites including the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, LMU-Cedar Bluff in Knoxville and LMU-Tampa at AdventHealth in Tampa, Florida. The LMU BSN pass rate exceeds state averages in both Tennessee and Florida.

Amid a global pandemic, LMU has reinforced its commitment to training nurses with a substantial investment in renovating the LMU Tower and developing it into a center for teaching excellence with advanced simulation and skills laboratories, state-of-the art classrooms equipped with lecture capture technology and integrated faculty offices to provide students with easy access to all the essentials of learning. LMU-CSON occupies two floors of the LMU Tower, which is located in the heart of Knoxville, on the site of the old St. Mary’s Hospital.

The University is currently recruiting students to begin their nursing journey at LMU. For more information or to apply, please contact Coordinator of Nursing Recruitment and Advising Natalie Oakley at 865.531.4120 or by email at Natalie.Oakley@LMUnet.edu.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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