Mission and Purpose

Mission Statement 

In agreement with the University’s mission and goals, the Faculty of the Caylor School of Nursing strive to instill responsibility and high moral/ethical standards in the preparation of quality nurses, at multiple levels of nursing education, through superior academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Specifically, the mission of the Faculty is to prepare nurses with the ASN, BSN, MSN, and DNP degrees, to assist individuals, families, communities, and society as they adapt to changes in physiological needs, role function, self-concept, and interdependent relationships during health and illness. The Caylor School of Nursing seeks to respond to the needs of nursing education and healthcare in the surrounding communities and a global society by preparing nurses at multiple degree levels and by providing continuing education/professional development opportunities rooted in knowledge, research, and other scholarly activities. 


Responding to the needs of nursing education and health care of the people of the region, Lincoln Memorial University established the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program in 1974. As a reflection of the changing local health care needs and national trends in nursing, Lincoln Memorial University instituted the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program in 1987. Both undergraduate programs are founded on the belief that nursing is a service which aims to assist individuals to attain, maintain, or regain optimum level of wellness through application of the nursing process. To further assist with regional healthcare needs and to enhance nursing service across the lifespan, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was initiated in 2006 to educate advanced practice nurses, the generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program commenced in 2010, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2015.