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The Pulse

The Pulse Living & Learning Community is designed for first-year students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The Pulse offers a welcoming environment for nursing students in their transition to college life within the College of Nursing and the University of Tennessee. It is designed to foster student engagement with other nursing students and the College’s faculty and staff in order to gain a better sense of their role as students and as developing nurses, early in their academic experience.

The Pulse provides the opportunity for our first-year students to live on a shared floor, take common courses, and participate in exclusive activities and events designed to foster leadership and engagement. The students are enrolled in LLC-specific course sections that coincide with the first-year nursing curriculum. By taking courses together, students quickly develop strong bonds and have a unique opportunity to form study groups, participate in tutoring sessions, and challenge and support one another throughout the transition from high school to college. Outside of the classroom, events and activities planned for the community help students build the skills and knowledge needed to become future campus, community, and nursing leaders.

Goals of the Pulse LLC are increased engagement with nursing faculty and staff, increased student retention and development of leadership skills, and increased opportunities to forge strong, lasting connections with the College of Nursing.

Community Requirements

Pulse LLC students must be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Students admitted in an exploratory track or any other major are not eligible to participate. A complete LLC application is required of all interested students. Capacity is limited and selection/participation in the Pulse is not guaranteed.

Pulse LLC students must register for the course(s) reserved for the Pulse. These courses coincide with the first-year nursing curriculum, and community members will be co-enrolled in these courses in fall and spring semesters. Students participating in the Pulse are also required to participate in monthly Pulse events and activities.


Jenna Russell
Academic Advisor, College of Nursing

Leesa Boice
Academic Advisor, College of Nursing

Karen Messing
Student Coordinator, College of Nursing

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