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FHU/Dickson to Expand Nursing Program

Henderson, Tennessee - Jun 15, 2020

Freed-Hardeman University/Dickson is expanding its Bachelor of Science Nursing program to include January admission. In addition to the August cohort, a maximum of 40 students will be able to begin their programs in January 2021.


Taught by a faculty with more than 150 years of nursing experience, FHU/Dickson nursing graduates have achieved a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate since the program’s inception. Classes taught at the Renaissance Center feature state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with the latest in clinical simulation mannequins. The FHU program allows nursing students to complete their BSN degree program and take the RN licensure exam in only 21 months.

"The Freed Hardeman Nursing program has been a great partner with our hospital.  We have hired many of their graduates and appreciate their compassion and knowledge,” Gina Bullington, chief nursing officer at TriStar Medical Center, said. “The BSN program is not only an asset for the hospital, but also for the community as a whole."

FHU began offering coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science Nursing in Fall 2016.

Students study pharmacology, women’s health, adult and advanced adult care, pediatrics, mental health, health assessment, fundamentals of nursing, leadership and several other subjects. Clinical experience is gained at Horizon Medical Center and NHC in Dickson and Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia. Several facilities in the Dickson area provide outpatient clinical experience.

"The flexibility of being able to enroll in a BSN program in August or January will help us serve more students and provide an entry point without students having to wait an entire year,” Dr. Bob Spencer, coordinator of the BSN program at Dickson, said. “The demand for bachelor-prepared registered nurses continues to grow, not only in our community but nationally. Being able to educate two classes a year will make more RNs available in the workplace. Registered nurses not only fill positions in hospitals, but in community health, mental health and a variety of specialty clinics."

The FHU/Dickson nursing program seeks to produce qualified nurses who are able to function effectively and safely, and to do it at a convenient location at the most cost effective rate possible. The FHU nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Additional information about the January cohort of the BSN program is available at, or by calling Demetria Walker, admissions counselor at 615-740-5399. Spencer may be reached at 615-740-5388.