Lincoln Memorial University Nursing School Review

Founded in 1897, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is named for the United States President that envisioned a university to serve the people of the Cumberland Gap. With about 4500 students enrolled, the average class size is 17 students, making this an ideal institution to receive personalized attention.

The main campus is made up of 1000 wooded acres and 35 buildings. LMU also has learning sites in Knoxville, Blount County, Cedar Bluff, Morristown, Sevierville, Kingsport, Cleveland, and Ducktown, Tennessee, and in Corbin, Cumberland, and Middlesboro, KY.

Nursing Programs

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

The ASN program is offered in the following four campus locations. The Alcoa City Center in Alcoa, TN, and Physicians Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN, both admit students twice a year. Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin, KY, and LMU’s Main Campus in Harrogate, TN, both admit students only in the Fall semester.

This program is for students wanting to begin their nursing career. After graduation, students are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). LMU graduates have over a 96% pass rate on the exam.


LPNs may continue their nursing education by taking this program, which takes about a year and a half. Students enter in the second semester of the ASN program. After graduation, students will have earned an ASN degree and be eligible for the RN licensing exam.

Students must have a valid LPN license and one year of nursing work experience to be eligible for this program. Admission is based on qualifications and space available in the program. This course of study is offered at the same locations as the ASN program, above.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is for students wishing to earn a bachelor’s degree and become RNs. The course of study begins in the junior year, after students have met all their general education requirements for the degree. To apply to the program, students must have a 2.75 GPA or higher.

The BSN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.


RNs who already have an associate degree or diploma in nursing may consider this program. This course of study is offered at the main campus in Harrogate and at the Cedar Bluff site in Knoxville.

Students must have a current RN license to apply. They also must have had two years of clinical experience or have graduated from a nursing program within the last year. All previous nursing education must have a grade of C or higher. If they meet this criteria, and take 16 credit hours of the RN to BSN program at LMU, they will receive credit for 31 credit hours of upper level nursing courses.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

This program is taught on the main campus and offers specializations in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Nurse Anesthesia (NA). To be eligible for this program, students must have a BSN degree.

FNP students, upon graduation, will be eligible for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam. NA students will be allowed to take the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists National Certification exam. PMHNP students may take the certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
, TN 37752