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Nursing (BSN)

Nursing at Milligan

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.

Consider Milligan’s B.S.N. program:

  • CCNE accredited
  • High NCLEX pass rates
  • No waiting list
  • Excellent employment placement for graduates
  • Generous need and merit-based scholarships



Milligan also offers an online RN-BSN program designed for registered nurses. Balance your life and earn your degree. Learn more »


Nursing students at NSCC can co-enroll in upper-level nursing courses at Milligan and transfer to Milligan as juniors after completing their associate’s degree. Learn more »

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.

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.

Accreditation & Reputation

The baccalaureate program at Milligan University is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBN).

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Milligan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Professional Licensure

Milligan University has determined its CCNE-accredited Bachelors of Science in Nursing program, recognized by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, meets educational requirements to apply for the NCLEX-RN®. Completion of Milligan University’s Bachelors of Science in Nursing program meets educational requirements to apply for an RN license in the District of Columbia and all U.S. States except California. The California Board of Registered Nursing reviews transcripts at the time an individual applies for a license to determine whether a program meets curricular requirements. Therefore, Milligan University cannot determine whether completion of Milligan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program meets educational requirements to apply for an RN License in California.

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.



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.

Ballad Health Nursing Scholarship

Ballad Health (formerly Mountain States Health Alliance) will provide up to $5,000 per year toward tuition with commitment for employment upon graduation and state licensure attainment.

  • Students applying for a scholarship must agree to accept full-time employment with Ballad Health for the commitment period based on the amount of financial support received.
  • Students are typically eligible for the scholarship beginning in their sophomore year when enrolled in required program courses at the clinical level (200, 300, or 400).
  • This scholarship is in addition to Milligan aid.
  • Students applying may not already hold an RN degree.

For more information about the scholarship, please contact admissions@milligan.edu.

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.

Ballad Health (formerly Mountain States Health Alliance) Scholarship Program. If you are employed by Ballad Health, talk to your supervisor or HR representative about tuition reimbursement options.

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.

Visit & Apply

Nursing Faculty

Dr. Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Allied Health; Professor of Nursing; Director of Nursing; Ballad Health Chair of Nursing

Phone: 423.461.8656
Contact via email
Office: Hardin Hall, 302