Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses

RN-BSN Online Information Session

Tuesday, April 3rd, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1st, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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Want to earn your BSN?  Milligan provides an Affordable Difference.

  • Keep your job = classes meet one day a week + online
  • Keep your life = complete in as few as 19 months
  • Keep your money = our RN-BSN tuition is lowest in Northeast Tennessee
  • Keep a support system = be part of a cohort group led by caring faculty
  • Keep your cool = smooth admission process
  • Keep your goals and dreams = our grads are highly recruited by employers


RN-BSN Program


The RN-BSN is designed for working RNs to earn their BSN. Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online techniques. Students are only required to be in class one day a week. The program can be completed in as few as 19 months. You can balance your life and earn your degree.

Preferred by Employers

The BSN 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 BSN is a requirement for many positions. It is also the entry point for graduate studies, nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthetist programs.

Best Value in the Region

Tuition for the program is one of the most economical programs in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. Students in this program are eligible to apply for state and federal tuition assistance programs and for employer reimbursement when applicable.

Read more about cost and financial aid here »

Click here for a list of external scholarships »

Caring Faculty

The nursing faculty at Milligan are clinical experts in their particular practice areas. Their academic credentials, practical “real-world” experiences, continued professional development, and national professional certifications combine to provide a quality nursing education. Furthermore, they are dedicated to your academic, personal, and spiritual growth.

Getting Started: Personalized Degree Plan

We offer a free Personalized Degree Plan to determine exactly what you need and how long it will take you. If you’re currently working toward the 27 transferable hours, let us help you prepare to transfer to Milligan. We can help determine what courses you need and where you can obtain them. Contact Jenni Duran or call 423.461.8424.

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College 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.




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

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


START DATE: Cohorts begin in January



  1. Be a graduate of an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program.
  2. Hold an unencumbered RN license from TN or a compact state.
  3. Good standing at previously attended institutions with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  4. Transfer of a minimum of 27 hours of coursework, confirmed by official transcript(s), from a regionally accredited institution comprised of the following:
    • English composition (3 hrs)
    • Behavioral/social sciences (3 hrs)
    • History, fine arts, philosophy, or literature (3 hrs)
    • Speech communication (3 hrs)
    • Anatomy and physiology with lab (8 hrs) (Grade of C or higher)
    • Introduction to microbiology (4 hrs) (Grade of C or higher)
    • Probability and statistics (3 hrs) (Grade of C or higher)

Matriculation of a cohort of new students is contingent upon an adequate number of admitted applicants.

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.

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. If you are employed by MSHA, please ask 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.

Nursing Faculty

Dr. Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Allied Health; Associate Professor of Nursing; Director of Nursing; Mountain States Health Alliance Chair of Nursing

Phone: 423.461.8656
Office: Hardin Hall, 302