Lipscomb University Nursing School Review

Founded as Nashville Bible School in 1891, Lipscomb University (LU) in Tennessee was renamed in 1918 to honor co-founder David Lipscomb following his death. The school is a private liberal arts college associated with the Churches of Christ. About 2600 students enroll each semester in one of the 80 degree or pre-professional programs offered.

Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is a four year degree for students who have no prior nursing experience. Graduates of the program will be prepared to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). The program begins in the junior year of studies. Prior to that, students will declare a major of pre-nursing and take general education requirements.

Before being admitted to the nursing program, students must take 67 credit hours of pre-requisite classes. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.8 or better, and must earn at least a C in each class. In addition, they must submit a goal statement, letters of reference, and take an interview.

The prerequisite courses required for this program include Chemistry, Psychology, Algebra, Medical Terminology, Communication, Composition and Reading, Life Span Development, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Abnormal Psychology, Principles of Nutrition, and Statistics.

Students in the nursing program are required to obtain CPR certification prior to the start of classes. A copy of their certification card must remain on file in the School of Nursing office.

Transfer students must meet the same University standards listed above. Students will meet with a University representative to determine their placement in the program.

The School of Nursing is accredited by the National League of Nursing, and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Nursing Clinical Simulation Laboratory

The Clinical Simulation Laboratory for the School of Nursing offers a controlled and safe environment for students to practice decision making and clinical skills. Featuring the latest in simulation technology, the lab has two areas for skills practice. The Level I skills laboratory has simulations designed for beginning nursing students, while the Level II laboratory is for the advanced student nurse, allowing them to apply what they’ve learned in a realistic patient care scenario.

The laboratory has two simulation manikins that can mimic bodily functions, heart and breathing sounds, speech, and pupil dilation. These manikins also allow students to practice wound care and learn to start IVs.

E-Book Initiative

The School of Nursing has begun using an online, interactive platform that allows students to download e-books to their personal computers instead of carrying around paper copies. This allows them to have access to their books anywhere, search for information easily, and make notes. Texts can also be easily updated if there is an error or a need for supplemental information.

Student Nurse’s Association (SNA)

The SNA is available to all student nurses on campus. It is affiliated with the state and national chapters of the SNA, and allows students to gain more information on the nursing profession, various nursing specialties, and offers social events and networking opportunities throughout the state and nation.


The Saint Thomas Health Services Nursing Advantage Scholarship is available to Latino/Hispanic students who want a career in nursing. This scholarship is available to freshmen, and can be renewed each year for a total of four years. To be eligible, students must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better, and have an ACT score of at least 21. The application is due in January of each year.

The Heather Knox Barber Nursing Scholarship is awarded every other year to a student about to enter their junior year. Students must be enrolled full time in good standing in the University, and must commit to participating in a Health Talents medical mission each year they receive the scholarship. Preference will be given to students with loans of more than one half the cost of attending the University.

Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive
, TN 37204