Division Overview



Deadline March 1st - Applications to the BSN Program, RN to BSN Program, & the LPN to BSN Program

Late applications are accepted; placement of qualified candidates will be made; based on openings available in the entering class.

Division Chair — Karen Ferguson, DNP, RN

Office: Martin Hall, Telephone: 931.363.9807 e-mail: kferguson@martinmethodist.edu


Program Coordinator - Michelle Decker, MSN, RN 

Office: Martin Hall, Telephone: 931.424.2019 e-mail: mdecker@martinmethodist.edu


Administrative Assistant:  Audra D. Hughes, adhughes@martinmethodist.edu


Full-Time Faculty

Instructors: Catlin, Decker, Harlan, Hawkins, Lamar, Martin

Nursing Advisor: Dailey

Adjunct Faculty: Hollis, Glazik, Newton, Richardson, Spivy


The mission of the Martin Methodist College Division of Nursing is to prepare nurses at the baccalaureate level of academic rigor, based on the liberal arts and sciences, who are critical thinkers, lifelong learners and leaders in the profession.

The Division of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. After successful completion of the pre-licensure program, students are eligible to apply to the Tennessee State Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN (registered nurse licensure examination). The nursing program has full approval of the Tennessee State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

NCLEX Pass Rate

Year Rate
2010 100%
2011 100%
2012 86%
2013 83%
2014 89%


The Division of Nursing prepares the professional nurse for leadership roles in a variety of health care settings. A variety of agencies in South Central Tennessee and northern Alabama are used as clinical learning facilities for students. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Martin Methodist College as well as assigned clinical agencies. Clinical experiences are selected to augment nursing theory and provide the learner with the opportunity to develop clinical competencies in the delivery of entry level nursing care. Graduates are prepared to:

  1. use critical thinking, the nursing processes, core nursing knowledge and competencies to design, provide, and manage safe, cost effective, evidence-based, culturally sensitive, patient-centered care in a variety of settings for patients across the lifespan;
  2. collaborate with patients, intra- and inter-professional healthcare providers, and healthcare systems to engage in risk reduction, illness prevention, health promotion, maintenance, and restorative interventions;
  3. use entry level technical, psychomotor, and communication strategies and informatics to establish holistic data bases; support patient advocacy, intra- and inter-professional collaboration, information management, and quality improvement; understand and participate in policy formation; and promote safety within the health care system;
  4. implement professional nursing values, conduct, and scope of practice standards with responsibility and accountability to culturally diverse patients, employers, society, and self;
  5. use historical/current trends and legal, ethical, social, economic, and political issues to understand and participate in changing practice environments and policy formation within the healthcare system;
  6. engage in activities that promote an understanding of patient, family, and community value systems and the recognition and resolution of dissonance between patient health care preferences and those of the health care team;
  7. implement entry level leadership skills to ensure quality of care, establish evidence-based outcomes when possible, and in delivering direct and indirect safe, therapeutic patient-centered care.

On completion of the baccalaureate nursing program, students will demonstrate:

  1. Systems Thinking. The systems theory supports critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and clinical judgment and undergirds every decision, clinical and non-clinical, in the provision of safe patient care.
  2. Professionalism. The graduate demonstrates the desire and ability to maintain the profession of nursing in a complex and changing environment as required to care for self, the patient, and society.
  3. Clinical Competency. The graduate will demonstrate mastery of core nursing knowledge and clinical competency to enter into generalist nursing practice.
  4. Compassionate Care. The graduate will establish meaningful caring relationships with intentional thoughts and actions for the benefit of others and by doing so is buoyed professionally and spiritually.

The nursing curriculum builds on a foundation of liberal arts and science courses that provide the basis for critical thinking, decision-making, communication, therapeutic nursing interventions and leadership. The purpose of the proposed basic pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing program is to prepare a graduate to practice nursing as a generalist at the entry level.


For more information about performance requirements, program cost, and admissions, click here.  

If you have question please call 931-424-4663 or email adhughes@martinmethodist.edu

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478