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The APSU School of Nursing offers two concentrations to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Masters with two concentrations, and a Post-Graduate Certificate program. Students develop skills through engagement in evidence-based learning and interprofessional education and practice. The nationally ranked School advances the entire profession, from practice to education to policy.

Welcome to the Austin Peay State University (APSU) School of Nursing website. The APSU School of Nursing offers two nursing education programs: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), this includes the RN-BSN Completion concentration (for licensed AS degree RN’s), and, a Master of Science in Nursing. The Master of Science in Nursing degree allows the student to select between two concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, or Nursing Education.  Post-Graduate certificates are also available for students who have completed a master’s or DNP degree in nursing and are seeking additional specialization in one of the above concentrations. Both the RN-BSN Completion concentration and the Graduate Nursing Program are offered online.

I welcome you to contact us. We are pleased that you visited our webpages and look forward to hearing more from you. 

Interim Director 
Austin Peay State University School of Nursing


APSU School of Nursing Mission

The Austin Peay State University School of Nursing is designed to prepare the nurse generalist and nurses in advanced roles to meet regional healthcare needs while cultivating an appreciation of diversity and an understanding of the national and global healthcare environments.

The Director, staff, and faculty of the School of Nursing demonstrate respect for all persons, serving as role models and mentors to students as they evolve in professional development specific to their level of education and practice roles. A supportive, positive, and collaborative environment is a hallmark of the school.

The School of Nursing is committed to empowering students to become critical thinkers, healthcare leaders, excellent communicators, and life-long learners. The school serves traditional and non-traditional students, including the military community.


APSU School of Nursing Vision

The APSU School of Nursing’s vision is to develop leaders in nursing and healthcare who have the critical inquiry, skills, and values for life and practice in a global society.


Core Values

  • Quality
  • Innovation
  • Change
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Global Awareness
  • Professionalism
  • Caring
  • Safety 


Goal 1. Growth and Sustainability

  1. Increase growth in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs while maintaining quality and innovative nursing education that prepares competent and professional nurses.
  2. Increase nursing classroom, laboratory, simulation, and student commons space.
  3. Continued use and updates of technology and equipment to assure sustainability for long-term use.
  4. Forge community partnerships to connect education, practice, and research that will improve the quality of healthcare locally and globally.

Goal 2. Student Success, Scholarship, and Critical Thinking

  1. Foster and support students’ success toward program completion.
  2. Create an engaging student-centered learning environment that supports critical thinking and innovation.
  3. Create incentives to include faculty productivity.
  4. Provide students with research opportunities.
  5. Expand and increase access to student resources.

Goal 3. Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

  1. Cultivate a climate of inclusion with an appreciation of diversity.
  2. Support cultural enrichment programs in the SON and campus related to health care for diverse populations.
  3. Implement recruiting and retention geared toward faculty, staff, and student groups that are underrepresented.
  4. Incorporate cultural competence across curriculum

Goal 4. Professional Leaders and Educators in Health Care

  1. Provide opportunities and support for faculty to obtain and maintain certifications in nursing education, leadership, and specialty areas.
  2. Create fiscal structure to support staff development.
  3. Faculty and students will take an active role in committee and leadership positions at program, university, state, and national level.

BSN Statistics

  2020     2019    2018   2017
NCLEX Pass Rate 94%
   100%   97%   95%
Completion Rate 94%
  88%   91%   91%






The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

For the most up-to-date CCNE accreditation information for APSU please click here

 APSU School of Nursing is fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. 

Tennessee Board of Nursing
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243 
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Eve RIce

Dr. Eve Rice


“…I’ve been with the School of Nursing for almost six years. Loving nursing and direct patient care led me to become passionate about nursing education. I specialize in pediatric nursing teaching in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.”