Nursing Program History

In response to the University’s mission, Nursing was established as a major in 1974 with the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Degree. Because of the growing health care needs of the region, Nursing expanded the ASN program to off-campus sites and initiated the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in 1987. The Caylor School of Nursing’s mission “seeks to respond to the needs of nursing education and health care in the surrounding communities by preparing nurses at multiple levels.” Therefore, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree was established in 2006 to offer nurses further education options and provide surrounding communities with advanced practice nurses to meet identified health care needs. In fall 2010, the BSN generic option commenced in response to state and community needs. In 2015, CSON further expanded the Bachelor of Science (BSN) program to include an online option for the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Also in 2015, in response to national demands of higher levels of preparation of nurse leaders who can design and assess care, CSON launched an online post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Presently the Caylor School of Nursing offers MSN concentrations as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Administration and offers a post-Master’s DNP and post-Bacc DNP Nurse Anethetist program.

Caylor School of Nursing programs are founded on the belief that nursing is a service which aims to assist individuals to attain, maintain, or regain optimum level wellness through application of the nursing process. For further information on the school’s programs, please contact