The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Knoxville, TN 37996

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a public institution in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is part of the University of Tennessee System that includes three campuses in the state. It was established in 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state. It was originally called Blount College and is now the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System. The university also has its own medical center. The University of Tennessee Medical Center offers training and potential job placement for students earning degrees in nursing and other health sciences. Student enrollment exceeds 28,000 annually, making it one of the largest universities in the region. 

Nine CCNE-accredited nursing programs are offered at the university. Undergraduate degrees include all the standard paths, including traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. Graduate degree programs include accelerated MSN, RN to MSN, and traditional MSN. The university also offers DNP, Ph.D., and BSN to Ph.D. programs. The accelerated BSN program is a 12-month program and requires a full-time schedule for three semesters. The BSN programs provide students with access to technology-enhanced classrooms and clinical experiences at local hospitals, clinics, health departments, and schools. Students enrolled in the MSN program may choose from one of four concentrations, including Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. 


Campus LocaleMidsize City
Campus SizeLarge
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate86%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 24 152
Master's degree 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.3%

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13.67 miles away
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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/2000 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2005 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/29/2005 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
05/19/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/27/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
06/11/2015 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2014 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/28/2006 - 12/31/2010
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/25/1999 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
08/01/1963 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1140 to 1310
ACT24 to 30
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$371/credit
In State Students$371/credit
Out of State Students$1,130/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$626/credit
In State Students$626/credit
Out of State Students$1,637/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $16,695 $16,695 $50,850
ADN 70 $25,970 $25,970 $79,100
BSN 125 $46,375 $46,375 $141,250
FNP 50 $31,300 $31,300 $81,850
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 93% of The University of Tennessee-Knoxville's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 27% $4,506
Other Federal Grant 1% $1,063
State Grant & Scholarships 79% $4,154
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 48% $6,831
Federal Student Loans 44% $5,226
Private Loans 6% $14,408


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,537
$30,001 to $48,000$14,905
$48,001 to $75,000$22,591
$75,001 to $110,000$24,258
Over $110,000$24,636

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Tennessee state board of nursing.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996

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