Why study Health Care/Nursing at Maryville College?
At Maryville College, students who pursue the dual degree program in health care and nursing get the best of both worlds: a liberal arts education combined with a robust clinical-based professional nursing program.
Students spend the first two years of their college career at Maryville, completing 67 credit hours and laying a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, chemistry, math and psychology, as well as developing the skills that will position them for leadership and advancement: resiliency, written and oral communication, and critical thinking. Curricular and co-curricular experiences at Maryville College will strengthen students’ applications to Tennessee Wesleyan University, where, upon acceptance, they will complete 64 credit hours of upper-level nursing courses. After completing the requirements of the program, students will receive a B.A. degree in Health Care from Maryville College and a B.S. degree in Nursing from Tennessee Wesleyan.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
Meet a current student
Sarah Wickman ’18
Hometown: Farragut, Tenn.
Sarah’s career goal is to become a family nurse practitioner. Since enrolling at MC, she has taken advantage of opportunities to strengthen her application for Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, including completing an internship in Blount Memorial Hospital’s Health Coaching Program. “Maryville College has done an excellent job of preparing me for this career. Through the BMH internship, I have gained experience with patients and had opportunities to observe all areas of the healthcare delivery process,” she said. “[Associate Dean] Dr. Mardi Craig has been an immense help in advising me how I can best build my resume and prepare for Vanderbilt.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
Abby Ogle ’11
Currently: Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Internal Medicine with Carolinas Healthcare Systems in Charlotte, N.C.
Abby thought she would enroll in medical school after graduating from Maryville, and her advisor recommended that she job shadow in local medical clinics. Through that experience, she was impressed by nurse practitioners’ ability to deliver a holistic approach to health care. She enrolled in Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing in 2012, and graduated in 2014 with a master’s degree, specializing in adult gerontology primary care. “My education from Maryville put me miles ahead of my classmates at Vanderbilt during my master’s program. My Animal Physiology class with Dr. [Drew] Crain helped immensely with pathophysiology. My thesis project that I completed with Dr. [Jerilyn] Swann made my master’s thesis a piece of cake,” she said. “I think that my liberal arts education as a whole has helped me become a better nurse practitioner with its emphasis on lifelong learning, creativity and exposure to new experiences.”
Graduate School Placements
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
East Tennessee State University College of Nursing
Lincoln Memorial University Caylor School of Nursing
University of Tennessee Health Science Center: College of Nursing