traditional undergraduate on campus


Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in nursing prepares you to fill a vital healthcare role that’s in great demand in Nashville, across Tennessee and throughout the world. You’ll train to become a nurse who practices with professionalism, excellence and compassion.

Program Benefits

  • Learn from faculty who have expertise in multiple areas of the nursing profession, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy small class sizes and individual attention in a supportive campus community.
  • Utilize Trevecca’s partnerships with major healthcare organizations like Ascension Saint Thomas to gain invaluable clinical experience.
  • Take advantage of valuable internships and job opportunities available in the exciting Nashville healthcare market.
  • Get an affordable nursing education with highly competitive undergraduate tuition rates.
  • Benefit from a flexible, transfer-friendly schedule by beginning upper-level courses in either fall or spring.


What to Expect

Your Bachelor of Science in nursing from Trevecca will equip you to safely practice professional nursing with intelligence, compassion, courage and faith. The bachelor’s in nursing program is committed to educating servant leaders, supporting students as they explore the ways faith intersects with healthcare. Your professors will model excellence in teaching and get to know you personally as they provide a holistic education that focuses on your intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health.

In partnership with prominent healthcare providers, Trevecca’s nursing program provides hands-on clinical experience in a functioning medical facility. Completing the clinical portion of the program with organizations like Ascension Saint Thomas and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, you’ll learn effective nursing practices as part of a training experience that truly prepares you for your calling in the medical field.

Start dates in both the spring and fall semesters allow you to enter Trevecca’s nursing program at any time of year, whether you’re transferring from another school or being added to a wait list elsewhere.


This program is more than a series of courses; it is a transformative experience that shapes my understanding of care, compassion and community.

Morgan Mullis Trevecca Nursing Student

Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

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*Scholarships available to reduce cost. $2,000 nursing fee assessed.

Trevecca has expanded its capacity to meet Tennessee’s healthcare needs by providing both spring and fall start dates for upper-level nursing classes. This convenient schedule with multiple entry points allows transfers and other students to get started in the program right away upon admission to the program, regardless of what time of year their undergraduate coursework was completed. 

By beginning multiple cohorts during the academic year, Trevecca helps transfer students avoid potential wait lists so they can move more quickly into the healthcare field as well-trained, compassionate professionals.

To strengthen the pipeline of future nurses and ensure that more Middle Tennesseeans have long-term access to high-caliber healthcare, Trevecca partners with major healthcare organizations that play a key role in the clinical aspect of a student’s nursing education.

Trevecca nursing students complete clinical rotations at Ascension Saint Thomas facilities. They also have the opportunity to complete pediatric clinical rotations through Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

By training under seasoned professionals through these respected healthcare providers, future nurses at Trevecca gain invaluable field experience to conclude a thorough and comprehensive degree program.

Effective May 30, 2024, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 30, 2026. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000  

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Career Opportunities: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

With a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Trevecca, you’ll be prepared to enter the healthcare field or to continue your studies in a graduate program. Your BSN allows you to practice nursing in diverse roles and settings like hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, public health facilities, the military, the international mission field, civic organizations and more. Roles could include:

  • Medical surgical nursing
  • Intensive care nursing
  • Maternal and newborn nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Community nursing
  • Nursing leadership and management
  • Nursing research
  • Home health nursing
  • Senior care and assisted living facility nursing
  • Medical missionary nursing

I couldn’t imagine our clinical experiences going any better. They provided an education that I will never forget. Every test, skill check, laugh or tear was a one-of-a-kind experience.

Jennifer Leonides Trevecca Nursing Student

Our Faculty

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    Ruth Corey

    Director of Nursing Program

  • Portrait for Natalie Hall

    Natalie Hall

    Assistant Professor, Nursing

  • Portrait for Penny Bacon

    Penny Bacon

    Professor, Nursing


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.*

Life, Calling, and Purpose
INT 1100
Students will begin a journey of self-awareness where they can identify their individual gifts and talents while considering how God can use their uniqueness within their field of interest. Goals of the course include building community, understanding leadership and service, and evaluating God's calling. Required of all first-time freshmen (those enrolling with less than 24 hours) who are younger than 24 years of age and have not taken a similar course at another accredited institution.
English Composition I
ENG 1020

Emphasizes the recursive writing process through appropriate determination of subject, audience, purpose, and style, with correct usage of grammar, punctuation, and logical organization. Students will use appropriate technologies for writing and learning.

English Composition II: Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
ENG 1080

Emphasizes intellectual and analytical reasoning through reading and writing assignments. Includes instruction in library and research technologies and the writing of a research project.

Speech Communication
COM 1010

A study of the principles and practices of effective human communication, with emphasis placed on public speaking. The course emphasizes the critical thinking and skill development necessary for effective speech. Listening skills are included in the study.

Financial Stewardship
BUS 2010

Provides the student with a basic understanding of his or her economic environment and the basic principles and tools of personal financial management. Emphasis will be placed on personal financial planning, including budgeting, managing personal debt, insurance, taxes, investments, and real estate. When possible, topics will be analyzed and discussed from a Christian perspective.

Introduction to Health and Wellness
HPE 1500

Designed to assist the student in their understanding and development of a healthy lifestyle. Emphasis is placed on the components and behaviors that promote lifelong, positive outcomes in the five dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Includes a fitness laboratory component. Fee charged.

General Psychology
PSY 2010

General introduction to major areas of psychology with emphasis on the psychological bases for understanding human behavior. A recommended prerequisite to other psychology courses except PSY 2175.

General Biology I
BIO 1510

An introduction to fundamental concepts in the biological sciences including the organization of living matter, cellular structure and function, food production by photosynthesis, energy harvest, mechanisms of cellular reproduction, genetics, and evolution. Discussions of current scientific issues will also be included. Lecture and lab. Fee charged.

World Literature
ENG 2000

Designed to engage students in dialogue with a variety of Western and Non-Western world literature, past and present. ENG 2000 is a recommended prerequisite for all upper-level literature courses.

Introduction to Biblical Faith
REL 2000

An introduction to Biblical faith and literature designed to help the student acquire a knowledge of the basic content of Scripture as well as be able to employ basic Bible study skills.

Christian Tradition
REL 3000

An introduction to theology as it has developed in the history of the church with a view to understanding the relation between faith and life. Special attention is given to understanding the doctrine of holiness.

Christian Life and Ministry
REL 4000

An integration of Christian spirituality, life, and ministry. Through a wide variety of readings and experiences, care is given to evaluate the spiritual structure of the student and to understand spiritual gifts, disciplines, and what it means for each individual to be a constructive influence in the Church and society.

World Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval World
HIS 1400

A course of study from ancient times to the 1500s dealing with persistent and recurring political, social, and economic issues in history that thinking people have examined and that have shaped our contemporary world. This course covers Western and non-Western cultures. Offered every semester.

World Civilizations: Early Modern and Modern World
HIS 1450

A course of study from the 1500s to the present dealing with persistent and recurring political, social, and economic issues in history that thinking people have examined and that have shaped our contemporary world. This course covers Western and non-Western cultures. Offered every semester.

Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 2010

A general introduction to the study of philosophy, both Western and non-Western. The course is organized around three domains of philosophical reflection: metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Representative philosophers from Socrates to Confucius will be used to illuminate the philosophical task. The course also includes discussion of world religions as representatives of non-Western philosophy.

PHL 3070

A philosophical analysis of the narratives and principles that have contributed to moral and ethical norms for human action.

BIO 2820

A survey of microscopic organisms with emphasis on bacteria and fungi. Classification, morphology, cultivation, and identification will be studied in both lecture and lab. The role of these organisms in the ecosystem, industry, and disease will also be discussed. Lecture and lab. Fee charged.

Statistical Analysis for the Sciences
MAT 1350

An introductory statistics course with an emphasis on exploratory and inferential techniques for analyzing and modeling data. Topics include descriptive statistics, regression, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and experiment design. Statistical software is implemented throughout the course.

Human Growth and Development
PSY 2175

A survey of development from conception throughout the life span.

Anatomy-Physiology I
BIO 2010

A study that includes the anatomy of the body as a whole. Emphasis will be on anatomical structures and organizational relationships of the organs and systems of the body. General physiology of each system and the major influence systems have on one another is emphasized. Laboratory studies include dissection of the cat and study of various skeletons, models, and charts. Lecture and lab. Fee charged.

Anatomy-Physiology II
BIO 2020

Designed to introduce the anatomy and physiology of multiple subsystems including the endocrine, vascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. The focus will be on developing a working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of these subsystems that can then be applied to clinical case studies and laboratory experiments. A major objective of this course is to develop critical thinking skills that are essential for students entering various medical careers where they will serve Christ by serving others. Lecture and lab. Fee charged.

BIO 2700

A study of how chemical principles and biochemical pathways create certain nutritional requirements for humans in various states of health and disease. Emphasis will be given to the needs of pregnancy, infancy, adolescence, sports conditioning, maturity, and nutritional therapy in some disease states. The possible benefits of proper nutritional practices for our culture, wellness programs, and managed care will be discussed. Lecture.

Care Management I
NUR 3010

Emphasis is placed on providing nursing care across the lifespan for patients experiencing ABC acute and/or chronic health problems.

Experiential Learning I
NUR 3011

Clinical practicum which incorporates skill exploration and acquisition and the application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the provision of nursing care.

Introduction to Chemistry for Nursing
CHE 1015
The course provides an introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry with applications to the field of nursing. It does not count toward a major in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, or toward the Chemistry minor. Lecture and lab. Fee charged.
NUR 3001
This course describes basic health assessment as it pertains to a complete head-to-toe assessment of all
eleven body systems providing the student opportunity for the enhancement of physical assessment skills. The
purpose of this course is to provide the student with knowledge and skills basic to health assessment in nursing
related to both the adult and geriatric patient. This course emphasizes evidence-based practices with a focus on
critical thinking skills and their use by the nurse for accurate collection and analysis of patient health data. Based on
assessment findings, this course will guide the student in the documentation process to include a complete history
and physical examination.
NUR 3002
The purpose of this course is to examine the basics of nursing that are vital to the core of all professional nursing. This course is designed to describe the general principles of the Nursing Process as it relates to identifying normal function, assessment of risk for dysfunction, envisioning potential outcomes, the development of nursing plans of care, providing for interventions, and evaluations of effectiveness of treatment based on clinical nursing therapies. This course focuses on critical thinking used by the nurse to address the physical, emotional, psychological aspects of the human condition as well as all eleven body systems. The plan of the course emphasizes a broad set of skills that include the essentials of basic nursing care.
Pharmacology in Nursing
NUR 3003
This course is designed to describe the general principles of pharmacology and its effects on the human body. The purpose of this course is to examine pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of illness and the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wellness in diverse individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics in the treatment of selected illnesses commonly observed by nursing. The focus is on concepts of safe administration and monitoring the effects of pharmacotherapeutic agents based on the skill of critical thinking and clinical decision making utilized by a nurse.
NUR 3004
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with a basic understanding of pathophysiology as a change from normal physiological functioning of the various systems of the human body. This course is designed to describe the general principles of disease as well as outcomes on the well-being of patients in healthcare settings. The plan of the course emphasizes select illnesses most often encountered by nurses and the use of the nursing process and critical thinking to analyze signs and symptoms related to the pathophysiology of these conditions.
Adult Health I
NUR 3005
The purpose of this course is to focus on the chronically ill adult patient as well as the geriatric population. The eleven body systems as they relate to health, wellness, illness, disease, fluid and electrolyte issues, medication administration, pre and post operative surgical care, pain management, laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures will be explored. The nursing process will be evaluated based on patient outcomes as they relate to the responsibilities of the nurse and standards of nursing care, along with the development of individual patient plans of care. The concepts of therapeutic relationships will be developed between the nurse, the patient, and their families. The plan of the course is to provide emphasis on the nurse’s role in documentation, communication, ethics, culture, diversity, and the legal aspects of healthcare. This course will also support the nurse in critical thinking and clinical decisions found in both the adult and geriatric populations. Opportunities for experiential learning will allow the student nurse to gain direct practice with many of these chronic conditions and issues related to the aging process.
Research and EBP
NUR 3006
This course provides an introduction to the research and evidenced based practices (EBP) that are foundational to the discipline and science of nursing. The purpose of this course is to provide the nursing student with a research and EBP model designed to meet the standards set forth in the scientific method of inquiry. This course is also designed to describe the general principles of research and EBP based on the identification of a problem in the clinical setting through the development of a literature review to determine a solution to the problem. The distinction of the course is to determine if research findings are strong or weak related to problem solutions and the methods utilized to conduct a research investigation or an EBP project. The course will focus on clinical decision making while supporting critical thinking used by the nurse to assess problems and find solutions from the research.
Mental Health
NUR 3007
The purpose of this course is to describe the general principles of psychiatric nursing care and the principles of therapeutic communication needed to care for this patient population. The plan of the course provides emphasis on the nursing process as it relates to relationship-centered care, teamwork, and patient safety. Problem solving through the process of critical thinking is also examined along with sound clinical decision making by the nurse.
Leadership and Management
NUR 3008
The purpose of this course is to explore management and leadership concepts applied to the role of the nursing professional. With emphasis on critical thinking, the role of the nurse leader will be evaluated related to management skills, team leadership, leadership styles, quality assurance, evidenced based practices and the concept of teamwork. Other aspects of this course include communication, collaboration, quality care, value-added improvements, and responsibilities as they relate to cooperation among individuals. The student will also learn the importance of interpersonal communication and management of culturally diverse populations along with the function of a human relations (HR) department. The course will emphasize legal and ethical issues related to leadership, management, and professionalism.
Adult Health II
NUR 4001
The purpose of this course is to focus on the provision of professional nursing care to adult patients in the acute care setting. The emphasis of this course is on medical conditions found in acute care clinical settings. The student will build upon knowledge gained in prerequisite science courses, foundational nursing, and adult health I courses. The course underscores independent functioning and acute care level processes. The course includes application to specific concepts, principles, and theories in various acute care settings and will include continued emphasis on the nursing process, critical thinking and clinical decision making.
Obstetrics and Newborn Care
NUR 4002
The purpose of this course is to focus on the bio-psycho-socio-cultural needs of the family during the phases of pregnancy, labor and delivery, childbirth, and the postpartum and neonatal period. The nurse’s role will be examined related to patient care, documentation, communication, ethics, culture, and the legal aspects of healthcare. System related disease processes will be examined with appropriate treatment plans and measurement of outcomes as they relate to the responsibilities of the learner and standards of nursing care. This course will concentrate on the nursing process in the assessment and management of the childbearing family utilizing critical thinking to promote sound clinical reasoning and systematic problem-solving. Essential care needs of the childbearing family during the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and neonatal periods will be evaluated and integrated into the teaching needs of the childbearing family and their plan of care.
Community Health
NUR 4003
The purpose of this course is to examine and understand the role of community health nursing and its responsibilities to patients within the healthcare setting. This course will focus on the concepts associated with community nursing related to documentation, communication, ethics, culture, and the legal aspects of patient care. The emphasis of this course will be on long term and/or skilled nursing, home health, day care, respite care, residential care, palliative care including Hospice, Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and hospital outpatient care. The course will also describe the Public Health Nurse and the roles of the nurse in the protection and provision for the safety of communities at large. Descriptions will also include funding sources, person-centered care, respect for patient preferences, coordination of patient care, and patient and family involvement and support. Additionally, the course includes critical thinking and clinical decision making related to psychological concepts, critical concepts, acute concepts, and interventional concepts associated with states of wellness, illness, and disease processes in the community setting.
Introduction to Critical Care
NUR 4004
The purpose of this course is to introduce the nursing student to the critical (intensive) care needs of patients in the inpatient setting. The course will focus on the following systems: respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, fluid and electrolyte disorders, gastrointestinal, and the nutritional needs of the critically ill patient. The course will address ethical, moral, and legal issues confronted in the critical care environment and the importance of cultural sensitivity and therapeutic communication. The emphasis of the course includes pathophysiologic concepts, laboratory and diagnostic testing and interpretation, and the nursing management essential to the care of the critically ill patient. Learners will learn to apply the nursing process along with critical thinking to prioritize nursing care for patients with complex needs.
NUR 4005
The purpose of this course is to understand the needs of families with children at each stage of childhood development ranging from infancy to adolescents. Emphasis is placed on the variations in healthcare due to age, behavioral, life cycle, genetic, cultural, diversity and environmental factors. The nurse’s role will be analyzed related to patient care, documentation, communication, ethics, culture, and the legal aspects of healthcare in the pediatric population. Critical thinking and clinical decision making for each age group, along with a system-by-system disease process examination, will be described as well as the development of appropriate care plans. Clinical and learning outcomes will focus on care and treatment appropriate for each development stage related to each age group.
Senior Capstone Practicum
NUR 4006
The purpose of this course is to build into each nursing student, the ability to translate knowledge into clinical practice. The student is provided an immersion experience, under the direct supervision of a professional nurse preceptor, based on their accumulation of skill and knowledge acquired during their BSN program. The emphasis of the course is to allow the student to function as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Through the use of nursing assessment, diagnosis, implementation of patient care plans, and evaluation of patient outcomes, the student is given the opportunity to provide safe patient care in the role that reflects a professional nurse.
World Aesthetics (Choose one) — 3 hours
Fine Arts
MUS 1500

Designed to give students a historical perspective of music, art, sculpture, and architecture from ancient times to modern times.

Music Appreciation
MUS 1550

Presents the basic building blocks of music and fosters attentive, intelligent listening to music of different genres and historical periods. Helps the students appreciate, understand, and develop critical thinking skills on selected genres, styles, and periods in the Western European tradition of music as well as examples of music from outside this tradition. Third-party fee required.

Concert Choir: Aesthetics
MUS 1822
The Concert Choir will be a mixed choir that offers a singing experience to students, staff, and community members from every area of Trevecca life. This entry-level ensemble will be non-auditioned and will seek to instill the necessary musicianship skills of aural and notational music literacy, ensembleship, and vocal development necessary to audition into higher levels of the Trevecca choral music program. The repertoire will consist of music from various historical eras of the western canon as well as traditional and contemporary repertoire throughout the world. This course partially satisfies the World Aesthetics requirement of the General Education Curriculum.
TNU Singers: Aesthetics
MUS 1822
A small mixed choral ensemble, open to all students by audition. Music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras is featured. This course partially satisfies the World Aesthetics requirement of the General Education Curriculum.
Jazz Ensemble: Aesthetics
MUS 1832
An ensemble focusing on Jazz/Commercial Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, open to all students by audition. This course partially satisfies the World Aesthetics requirement of the General Education Curriculum.
Trevecca Symphony Orchestra: Aesthetics
MUS 1833

Open to students and Nashville community by audition. Continuous openings for strings and occasional openings for winds and percussion. Opportunities to perform stimulating symphonic orchestral and string literature on campus and beyond. This course partially satisfies the World Aesthetics requirement of the General Education Curriculum.

Wind Ensemble: Aesthetics
MUS 1834
Open to all students. It provides opportunity for continued development of instrumental performance ability. A balanced repertoire from both sacred and secular literature is performed in concerts given throughout the year. All who wish to participate must be approved by the director. This course partially satisfies the World Aesthetics requirement of the General Education Curriculum.

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.