MC partners with TWU for dual-degree in nursing

MC partners with Tennessee Wesleyan for dual-degree in nursing

April 16, 2018

Starting this fall, a nursing program will be available to students at Maryville College.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body of higher education institutions, has accepted notification of a dual-degree arrangement between Maryville College and Tennessee Wesleyan University to offer a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in health care and a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in nursing.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Tennessee Wesleyan University for this option in nursing. We know that the demand for nurses continues to grow, and we are hearing from more and more students who want to pursue this very versatile and fulfilling profession,” said Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College. “Our arrangement with Tennessee Wesleyan ensures that graduates of this program will receive the best of both worlds:  a Maryville College liberal arts education combined with a robust clinical-based professional nursing program. The resulting degrees – the B.A. and the B.S.N. – position our graduates for successful careers as well as a strong preparation for further graduate education.”

Students in the program will 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 career advancement: resiliency, written and oral communication, and critical thinking.

Curricular and co-curricular experiences at Maryville College will strengthen students’ applications to Tennessee Wesleyan, where, upon acceptance, they will complete 64 credit hours of upper-level nursing courses at the university’s Knoxville instructional site. Students in the program may live on the MC campus while commuting to Knoxville.

Tennessee Wesleyan’s nursing program features a partnership with Covenant Health and the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and provides students with extensive opportunities for clinical experience in areas such as mental health, acute care, intensive care and more.

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.

For more information, visit the Maryville College website or call the Admissions Office at 865.981.8092.

Written by Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Executive Director for Marketing & Communications


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,146.