Message from the President

Message from the President


Prospective Student,

A frequent observation I hear about Carson-Newman University is that it is different. The only argument I have with that idea is that Carson-Newman is not an “it.” Rather, Carson-Newman is actually a “we,” a collection of people called by God to be here at a time and a place for the purpose of teaching in a caring, Christian community so that you can improve your life and the lives of others.

Our RN-BSN and MSN-FNP degree programs provide the necessary educational challenges for personal and professional growth. Our Christian mission fits hand-in-glove with the call to compassionate care that equips nurses to look beyond patient folders and a doctor’s orders. That is why we offer a broader degree with the RN-BSN and MSN-FNP degree programs and not just a technical degree. You will study nursing and, along with it, you will read and write about other subjects. And those subjects will give you organizational and creative thinking skills that will be vital to how you interact with and take care of people throughout the rest of your career.

Choosing either Carson-Newman’s RN-BSN or MSN-FNP program means that you are not entering a transactional relationship where you are just a customer paying to earn a degree. Instead, you will discover a series of transformational relationships with professors and mentors that will serve you for the rest of your life.

I am delighted to know you are interested in our school. And that collective “we” I mentioned are pleased to offer both our Carson-Newman RN-BSN and MSN-FNP degree programs in a way that fits your life’s schedule.

Get to know us. Talk to our counselors and you’ll learn how our RN-BSN and MSN-FNP degrees can serve you, both as a person and as a nurse, and help you improve the community you serve.

With great expectations for you,

Dr. J. Randall O’Brien


Carson-Newman University