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FHU/Dickson Moving Focus to Nursing Program

Dickson, TN - May 04, 2020

Dickson, Tennessee — April 20, 2020 — Freed-Hardeman University President David Shannon has announced changes to degree programs offered at the Renaissance Center. Beginning Fall 2020, FHU will focus on their Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to meet regional healthcare needs.

Thirty-seven FHU/Dickson students have received B.S.N. degrees since Spring 2018, and 100 percent have passed the NCLEX licensure exam. Currently, there are 53 students in the Dickson nursing program, 23 of whom are expected to complete their degrees in May 2020.

Beginning August 2020, the program will expand its fall cohort size to up to 40 students, and it will begin a spring cohort in January 2022 that includes up to 24 students. These two changes eventually will lead to about 50 new B.S.N. graduates each year.

Shannon said, “We are thankful to be part of this community and for our neighbors’ support of FHU’s bachelor’s degree in Dickson. This plan for focused growth builds on the strength of the FHU nursing program to continue meeting healthcare needs in Middle Tennessee through well-prepared, compassionate nurses.”

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects a need for 195 registered nurses each year through 2024 for the area that includes Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Stewart, Sumner and Williamson Counties.

In discussing this emphasis, FHU/Dickson Nursing Coordinator Robert Spencer said, “We have been blessed with quality students who are meeting pressing needs and making an immediate impact in our local communities — both economically and as professionals serving their neighbors. I look forward to seeing how this program will continue to grow with our region.”

All graduate programs offered through FHU/Dickson will continue, along with FHU’s partnership with Nashville State Community College. All non-nursing programs will be discontinued. Current students in non-nursing programs will be able to complete their degrees through online and web-conference courses offered from Henderson.