Dr. Melinda Collins knows a thing or two about nursing.

She graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from Vanderbilt University and completed her doctorate of philosophy in nursing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

In addition to her classroom knowledge, Collins has served in various roles in the world of nursing – she has worked in a neonatal intensive care, served as a unit manager for labor and delivery, and was a consultant for the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

She also currently serves in several professional organizations, including the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Appalachian Consortium on Nursing Education and Practice (ACNEP), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and Tennessee Deans & Directors of Schools of Nursing.

Collins has been at Milligan for 24 years and serves in various roles, including Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Allied Health and chair of the nursing program. She also advises students who are entering the RN-BSN program.

When asked what makes our RN-BSN program stand out among others, Collins responded:

“Our program is designed for Registered Nurses who are practicing—they can continue to work while pursuing their degree. They also get to build on the knowledge that they already have and expand their practice and leadership abilities.”

Tuition for the RN-BSN program is one of the lowest in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. Students in this program are eligible to apply for state and federal tuition assistance programs and for employer reimbursement when applicable.

Collins offers encouragement to students who might be interested in advancing their nursing career through the RN-BSN program.

“Don’t be afraid to take the next step!” she said. “We are here to help you and you can do it. Nurses make it happen!”

If Collins was not a neonatal nurse, she would be an infant photographer because she finds babies so fascinating. In her spare time, she likes to jet ski and try new restaurants.

To learn more about our RN-BSN program, visit here.