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InfoOpen House for Students Interested in Nursing

Friday, March 27

Enjoy an opportunity to experience life as a Milligan student for a day. You can eat in the cafeteria, talk to professors and current students, and take advantage of special sessions about financial aid, the admissions process, and more!

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

The 4-year B.S.N. degree is preferred by most nursing leaders and provides the best opportunities in today’s job market, including one of the highest starting salaries in any field. You’ll find that a B.S.N. is a requirement for many positions. It is also the entry point for graduate studies, nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthetist programs.

Curriculum & Experience

At Milligan, you’ll learn everything from examining patients and treating their immediate needs, to educating people about healthcare and long-term conditions. Quality nursing education is combined with an excellent liberal arts curriculum at Milligan. During their coursework, our B.S.N. students have the opportunity to work with several major medical centers, smaller urban hospitals and clinics, community health centers, modern rural hospitals, primary care clinics, home health programs, and parish nursing programs at local churches.

Graduate Success

Nearly every graduate is employed or accepted to graduate school at the time of graduation.

Admission & Progression

Read about our admission and progression policies in our Nursing Program Handbook. Contact us for more information.

Credentials & Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBN) and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), located at One DuPont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120; phone 207-887-6791.

Scholarships

Milligan Aid

We offer a full complement of need-based and merit-based scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans from federal, state, and institutional sources.Click here to read more.

External Scholarships

The first place you should look for scholarship aid is your local hospital. Many hospitals offer scholarship programs to help encourage the training of new healthcare professionals.

Below is a list of scholarships offered by other organizations and entities. Milligan has no connection to any of these scholarships and is not responsible for any information or the securement of this aid. This list is a resource we provide to assist you in locating other aid sources.

More external scholarships listed here.

Loan Repayment or Forgiveness Programs

Army Nurse Corps Benefits provides full scholarships for students intereseted in becoming a Nurse Anesthetist as well as the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program in Exchange for active duty service in the U.S. Army.

Federal Perkins Cancellation for Nurses provides possible loan cancellation for full-time nurses.

Indian Health Service (IHS) administers a program to help repay undergraduate and graduate loans of health professionals in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.

Mountain States Health Alliance Scholarship Program. In April 2013, Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) announced the discontinuation of their RN scholarship grant program for all new incoming students at all participating colleges and universities. This was an external scholarship and not a decision over which Milligan had any control. There are other options, though, to help you make your dream of being a nurse a reality.

National Health Service Corps, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has information about scholarships and loan repayment programs for health care professionals who practice in a medically underserved area.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP), this program helps alleviate the shortage of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advance practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working at Critical Shortage facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Program participants receive up to 60 percent of their qualifying student loans in exchange for a 2-year service commitment – and an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for an optional third year.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, created by Congress, encourages individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.

State-Sponsored Loan Forgiveness Programs

Tenet Healthcare System has introduced a student loan repayment program at participating hospitals. A state-by-state list of eligible facilities is available on their website.

The Health Professions Education Foundation is currently offering the Bachelor of Science Scholarship and Loan Repayment program.

The Kaiser Permanente Student Financial Aid Program awards need-based nursing scholarships and merit-based forgivable loans to students in California. Loans are available in a variety of nursing and professional/technical specialties, and may be forgiven through qualifying employment with Kaiser Permanente.

The State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education (SNAPLE)program offers up to $25,000 in loan repayments for nurses serving as faculty at a regionally accredited college or university in California. View program flyer.

Nursing Faculty

Dr. Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

Associate Professor of Nursing; Chair and Director of Nursing; Mountain States Health Alliance Chair of Nursing

Phone: 423.461.8656
Email: MCollins@milligan.edu
Office: Hardin Hall, 302

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