Why study Health Care/Nursing at Maryville College?

Pre-Med Program Overview

Maryville College participates in Vanderbilt University’s Senior Year in Absentia program in which students spend three years in coursework at Maryville College followed by two years of course work at Vanderbilt. At the end of the program, students will have earned the Masters degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University and the Bachelor of Science in Health Care from Maryville College. Graduates are qualified for advanced nursing practice in a variety of specialties.

Students who want to consider other combinations of transfer or graduate programs that prepare them for professional nursing practice should meet with the Nursing advisor early in their academic program.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Meet a current student

Sarah Wickman ’18
Hometown: Farragut, Tenn.

Sarah’s career goal is to become a family nurse practitioner. Since enrolling at MC, she has taken advantage of opportunities to strengthen her application for Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing, including completing an internship in Blount Memorial Hospital’s Health Coaching Program. “Maryville College has done an excellent job of preparing me for this career. Through the BMH internship, I have gained experience with patients and had opportunities to observe all areas of the healthcare delivery process,” she said. “[Associate Dean] Dr. Mardi Craig has been an immense help in advising me how I can best build my resume and prepare for Vanderbilt.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Abby Ogle ’11
Currently: Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Internal Medicine with Carolinas Healthcare Systems in Charlotte, N.C.

Abby thought she would enroll in medical school after graduating from Maryville, and her advisor recommended that she job shadow in local medical clinics. Through that experience, she was impressed by nurse practitioners’ ability to deliver a holistic approach to health care. She enrolled in Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing in 2012, and graduated in 2014 with a master’s degree, specializing in adult gerontology primary care. “My education from Maryville put me miles ahead of my classmates at Vanderbilt during my master’s program. My Animal Physiology class with Dr. [Drew] Crain helped immensely with pathophysiology. My thesis project that I completed with Dr. [Jerilyn] Swann made my master’s thesis a piece of cake,” she said. “I think that my liberal arts education as a whole has helped me become a better nurse practitioner with its emphasis on lifelong learning, creativity and exposure to new experiences.”

Graduate School Placements

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
East Tennessee State University College of Nursing
Lincoln Memorial University Caylor School of Nursing
University of Tennessee Health Science Center: College of Nursing

Course Offerings

A total of 96 credit hours must be completed at Maryville College. Recommended electives include courses in economics, business, psychology, sociology and physical education/health.

Major-related Requirements include:

PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
PSY 211: Child Development (3hrs.)
PSY 222: Adult Development and Aging (3 hrs.)
SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
BIO 115: Principles of Cellular Biology (4 hrs.)
BIO 217: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 hrs.)
BIO 218: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hrs.)
BIO 355: Microbiology or equivalent (4 hrs.)
CHM 111: Fundamentals of Chemistry (4 hrs.)
MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hrs.)
PHR 101: Human Health and Development (3 hrs.)
PHR 219: Principles of Human Nutrition (3 hrs.)