Why study Nursing/Health Care at Maryville College?

At Maryville College, students who pursue the dual degree program in Nursing / Health Care 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

Photo of Cassady CloudCassady Bassett Cloud ’20
Childersburg, AL.

Knowing from an early age that she wanted a career in the medical field, Cassady selected Maryville College because alumni assured her that MC courses and requirements would prepare her well for medical school. After her sophomore year,
though, she decided to pursue nursing instead of medicine and signed up for the BA/BS dual-degree with Tennessee Wesleyan. “I just started the program this fall, but already I feel that I have an advantage over others when it comes to managing my time and the rigorous class materials, thanks to my time at MC,” she said. “Eventually, I hope to become an emergency room nurse and potentially get my master’s degree, as well.”


Photo of Hannah McIntyreHannah McIntyre ’20
Knoxville, Tenn.

Hannah chose the nursing/health care program at Maryville College because of the rigor of the curriculum, small class size, opportunities for personal interaction with the professors and hands-on learning experiences. She believes the College prepared her well for success at Tennessee Wesleyan and beyond. “TWU Nursing has prepared me for the clinical field through the skills lab and the numerous hours of hospital experience,” she said. “I am looking forward to being one of the first to graduate from this program and see where it goes.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

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