Jeanette M. Travis School of Nursing and Health Sciences
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The mission of the University of Tennessee Southern’s Jeanette M. Travis School of Nursing and Health Sciences is to prepare students at the baccalaureate level in a collegiate environment of academic rigor, based on the liberal arts and sciences, who are critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and leaders in the profession. The school offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health Education and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
BSN in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing can be completed in four academic years, including one summer session, and is a full-time program of study. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to the Tennessee State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN (Registered Nurse licensure examination). The BSN nursing program has full approval of the Tennessee State Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Tennessee Southern is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The application deadline is March 1st of each year. Late applications are accepted; placement of qualified candidates will be based on any openings available in the entering class.
Retention, Graduation, and Exam Pass Rates
Retention of Full-Time Students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree: 66%
Overall Graduation Rate: 30%NCLEX-RN Exam Pass Rates for 2022: 100%
Program Governance Contact
Prof. Felicia Dailey serves as the Program Coordinator for Nursing.
BS in Public Health Education
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education program is designed to equip students to address critical shortages associated with health-related education and optimal healthcare resource utilization. Communities will benefit from these students’ expertise in the University’s geographic region, especially due to the lack of access to health care, the abundant geriatric population, and the current crisis impacting our nation. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education will prepare students to develop and impact practices and policies that respect and respond to diversity in communities through the translation of evidence-based research. Students will be positioned to gain employment with healthcare systems, schools, health departments, insurance companies, and other community agencies upon successful completion of the program.
Public Health Education majors are required to complete the Public Health Education Capstone course (PHE 405) in the spring of their Senior year. The course includes 135 hours of major field experience. It is the responsibility of the student to work in tandem with the PHE Academic Advisor and PHE Program Coordinator to identify a site for their major field experience. Each site must be approved by the PHE Program Coordinator by the end of the Spring semester prior to taking PHE 403. The formal process for site approval may take up to 30 days, necessitating foresight and planning on the part of the student to secure approval by the deadline. Note: Students must pass a 10-panel drug screen and a criminal background check, as approved by the PHE program, at the end of the semester prior to taking PHE 403. The associated costs are the student’s responsibility.
- Admission to the University of Tennessee Southern
- Declaration of Public Health Education major
- Maintenance of the university’s minimal Standards of Academic Progress as outlined in the University Catalog
Essential Performance Requirements
Specific communication, cognitive, psychosocial, and behavioral skills provide students with the ability to carry out the responsibilities of a public health education major during the program. A student must, with or without reasonable accommodation, possess and maintain the following attributes and abilities to be successful while completing the curriculum:
- Emotional Stability
- Cognitive Processing
- Critical Thinking
- Interpersonal Communication
- Appreciation of and Value for Cultural Diversity
- Client Information Privacy Compliance
Program Governance Contact
Dr. Karen Ferguson serves as the Program Coordinator for Public Health Education.