The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing has been named the best in the country by student and alumni voters in the inaugural Top Nursing School in the United States – Student Choice Awards contest launched by Nurse.org—an influential national organization.
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“I am blown away that we were voted the number one school in the country. The most important thing about this award is that it was supported by our current students and our alumni. To me, that indicates that we are doing things well and preparing our students to be able to thrive in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Chris Smith, director of the UTC School of Nursing.
“Even those alumni who graduated several years ago still have very positive thoughts about their time at UTC and in the School of Nursing. The positive impressions and experiences they gained from being a part of this program remain strong enough for them to feel motivated to say, ‘Yes, UTC is the best school in the country.’”
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing’s long-held dream of a new building has received the funding needed to become a reality.
The Dorothy and Jim Kennedy Health Sciences Building will be the new home of the UTC School of Nursing thanks to an $8-million gift from the Kennedy Foundation, Inc. The project’s $77-million anticipated cost will be funded through a combination of donations and state resources with a building campaign goal of $21 million.
To learn more about the building and its ongoing capital campaign, visit give.utc.edu/KennedyHealthSciencesBuilding.
Earlier this year, Nurse.org selected the UTC nursing program as the top school in Tennessee in its Best Nursing Schools by State rankings.
In its summary of the UTC program, Nurse.org wrote that nursing students who choose UTC “get to enjoy an urban campus and the benefits of a large school.” Available programs include a traditional BSN, an online RN-BSN, an accelerated BSN and five concentrations in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
A Nurse.org panel of nurses reviewed every school in the U.S. and used numerous factors to rank the top schools by state, including:
- NCLEX pass rate
- Acceptance rate, when available
- Only ACEN or CCNE-accredited schools are eligible