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Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences was chartered in December 1994 as a specialized college offering baccalaureate degrees in Nursing (BSN) and Health Sciences (BHS).

Education has been a key emphasis of Baptist Memorial Hospital from its beginning in 1912, as evidenced by the fact that the School of Nursing opened its doors at this same time. Approximately 4,700 diploma nurses graduated from the school and have been employed throughout the United States and abroad. The last diploma class graduated in May of 1997. Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences now offers professional nursing education through the baccalaureate program, with two options available. One is for the generic student just beginning a four-year degree, and the other option is a RN/BSN completion program for the licensed nurse. Baptist College offers both a day and a night/weekend BSN program for entry-level practitioners.

Radiological Sciences education began at Baptist Memorial Hospital in 1956 with the Radiography program. In response to the need for advanced specialization, Nuclear Medicine was added in 1961, Radiation Therapy in 1975, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 1986. Approximately 1,000 graduates of these hospital-based schools have been employed in a variety of settings. Baptist College offers baccalaureate programs in Medical Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, and Health Care Management.

Respiratory Care and Medical Laboratory Science evolved from being hospital-based programs in the 1960's to being clinical sites for regional programs. Building upon this history, Baptist College now offers baccalaureate degrees in Respiratory Care and Medical Laboratory Science. In Respiratory Care, registered clinicians may enroll in completion programs leading to a baccalaureate degree.

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Health Sciences in six Allied Health programs. The baccalaureate nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All clinical Allied Health programs are accredited by the appropriate professional organization.

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences is the legal name of the institution. Baptist College's name is routinely shortened to Baptist College of Health Sciences (BCHS).