During this time we are working remotely and are able to respond to email much faster.


Thank you for your patience. We are currently in the process of notifying candidates of acceptance into the program for fall 2020. Please allow us to complete this process and if you have not received a response to your application by June 15, please ask for an update via email.


Our testing department is working with the National League for Nursing to accommodate admission testing. As information is available updates will be posted on the testing webpage. Please check that webpage frequently.

Southwest offers courses leading to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing; Generic Track and LPN Mobility Track. The Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates for immediate licensure and employment. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Persons who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation could be ineligible for Registered Nurse Licensure in the State of Tennessee, even though they successfully complete the program.

Accrediting Approved Agencies

The Department of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (opens new window). The Southwest Nursing Program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing Department of Health (opens new window).

Degree and Course Information

To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Interactive Course Schedule to see when and where a class is being offered.

Additional Information

The Nursing Program is primarily taught on the Union Avenue Campus which is convenient to downtown and midtown Memphis.

Applicants seeking admission to the Nursing Program at Southwest are required to submit results from the National League for Nursing (NLN) Examination as a part of the admissions process.

Southwest College Policy Number 2:03:00:00/7: Admission to Allied Health and Nursing Programs

Students admitted into any Allied Health or Nursing Program and expecting to have patient contact must present proof of protection against Hepatitis B before patient contact begins.

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Contact Information

Union Avenue Campus
Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Biotechnology Building, Suite 104
Phone: 901-333-5425
Fax: 901-333-5443

Department Head: Sheila Bouie

Secretary: Deborah Whitelo

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