Johnson University is partnering with Tennessee Wesleyan University to offer an Associate Degree in Health Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. In this new program, students can complete the associate degree in two years or complete a BSN in four.

Your first two years you will earn the associate degree. This will include all your pre-requisites for nursing school. If you choose to continue to the nursing program, you will apply to Tennessee Wesleyan University’s nursing school in west Knoxville for your third and fourth years, where you will commute to class at Tennessee Wesleyan and complete your nursing clinicals in the Knoxville hospitals and facilities.

You can live on the beautiful Johnson campus for both your associate and bachelor’s degrees. You will love being part of our community, living in our award-winning dorms, and being part of the spiritual and social experiences on our campus.

Our focus on scientific excellence, the opportunities for spiritual formation, and the experiences of service to others distinguish this nursing program from others.

Click here to learn more about the bachelor’s degree!

Dr. Monica Nelson
Program Director

Dept Contact


The associate degree does not include any concentrations. However, students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing can continue to live on the Johnson campus, participate in the Johnson community, and complete their nursing degree with two more years of study in partnership with Tennessee Wesleyan University.


Courses may include:

  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology I and II

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Students with this associate degree will be prepared for the two additional years to complete the B.S. in Nursing. In addition, students who complete the associate degree can pursue work with hospitals, home healthcare services, nursing facilities, and outpatient care centers.