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Terry Pierce Cooper


Associate Professor of Nursing - Knoxville, TN


School of Nursing

Office Location:

Knoxville Campus: Hardin Valley Room 132

Office Phone:



Favorite Quotes

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein


I currently am a full-time faculty member at King University. My previous experience includes teaching mental health nursing at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN for 26 years, and teaching Mental Health in the Regents Online Degree Program and the LPN to RN program. Prior to that, I worked at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville TN and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville TN. I have supervised nursing students at a state psychiatric facility, acute inpatient psychiatric facility, community mental health centers as well as multiple community sites. I am married to a professor who teaches Anatomy and Physiology at another college and we have one son. For fun I like to read and travel.


Doctor of Nursing Practice, King University, Bristol, TN

Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Bachelors of Science in Nursing, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN

Current certification, ANCC certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Current research

DNP Translational Research Project: Perceptions of Resources and Homelessness

Courses recently taught

NURS 3315 LECT Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
NURS 3330 LECT Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 3420 LECT Spiritual and Cultural Considerations in Nursing
NURS 4310 LECT Nursing Ethics
NURS 4330 LECT Community and Population Health
NURS 4410 LECT Principles of Leadership and Management