Graduate Studies in Nursing
Cathy R. Taylor, Dean, College of Health Sciences
Martha Buckner, Associate Dean of Nursing
Leslie J. Higgins, Director, Graduate Studies in Nursing
Faculty: Loretta Bond, Ruby Dunlap, Carrie Harvey, Leslie Higgins, BJ Hutchins, Linda Wofford, Dave Wyant.
The graduate nursing program at Belmont offers two degrees, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) through four different pathways. Students who are licensed registered nurses (RNs) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) may pursue the MSN leading to preparation as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). The post-masters certificate option is for students who have already earned a MSN and desire additional specialized preparation as an FNP.
Earning the DNP degree can be accomplished through either of two paths - enter as a BSN prepared RN or as a master's prepared APRN. Those entering with a BSN complete a curriculum that combines the core courses of advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology with direct and indirect clinical experiences for a Family nurse practitioner role. Those students entering as a master's prepared APRN complete a curriculum that builds on existing APRN knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to gain expertise at a systems and population level.
DNP Course Descriptions
Belmont University School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Southern Council on Collegiate Education of Nursing. The master's program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. In addition, the School of Nursing holds the charter for the Omicron Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is a member institution of the Nightingale Society.