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Why study Nursing at APSU?

If you're seeking a rewarding career that offers job security, high earnings and excellent advancement potential in a high-growth industry, becoming a registered nurse should be a strong consideration. RNs promote health and wellness and help improve the quality of life of everyone.

The School of Nursing offers a pre-licensure undergraduate program, the completion of which results in the graduate being able to take the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination for RN Licensure, NCLEX-RN. Additionally, the School of Nursing offers an online post-licensure undergraduate program, RN-BSN where the licensed registered nurse may complete the requirements for the BSN degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is fully accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Our graduates on average have a 96% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.   Now is the time to purse a degree in nursing.  

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What will I learn?

Nursing is a challenging discipline. You will learn the responsibilities involved in caring for patients along with a variety of skills. These include effective communication, compassion, humility, leadership, and empathy.  You learn how to administer medication, monitor patient recovery, and progress, and educate patients and their families on disease prevention and post-hospital treatment.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What do Nursing majors do after graduation? 

Experienced nurses are often called on to supervise other nurses, teach essential nursing skills to students, handle administrative tasks and even conduct research.

The best nurses are patient, organized and compassionate. They are able to think on their feet and pay close attention to detail. A good nurse must be able to handle high stress situations and embrace opportunities to learn new skills every day.

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Physician's Office Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Camp Nurse
  • Staff Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Surgery Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Managed Care Nurse




Brandi Holt is a nusing student at APSU
Brandi Holt

The nursing program is difficult, but it's so rewarding because you don't really realize how much you're learning until you're using that knowledge.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.

Hunter Burkhart

Nursing student

Hunter Burkhart knew he wanted to become a nurse when he was a child, seeing the loving care nurses gave his father during a health scare. And Austin Peay has given him the opportunity to seek out that dream.

“The program at Austin Peay as a whole has been educational and has been great for building my confidence and showing me that Austin Peay nurses really do make some great nurses,” Hunter said.

“Austin Peay has helped pave my path.”