The College of Nursing offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice program (DNP), designed for BSN or MSN graduates or those with a BSN and a Master’s degree in a business or health related field, who are interested in earning a clinical doctorate in nursing.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) - Graduates of the program are expected to:
- Integrate nursing science with other disciplines as the basis for the highest level of evidence-based advanced nursing practice to address health disparities and to improve the quality of healthcare.
- Demonstrate and promote professionalism, advocacy, social justice, equity, ethical principles, and scientific integrity in advanced nursing practice.
- Engage in and promote intra and inter-professional collaboration in clinical practice models, health policy, and standards of care for individuals, families, and communities across culturally diverse populations.
- Generate system and outcomes research and analyze evidence from nursing and related sciences to translate findings into practice.
- Utilize current and emerging information systems/technology to support, evaluate, and improve: 1) nursing care, 2) healthcare systems, and 3) patient and population health.
- Synthesize and use appropriate theories, concepts and scientific data to support, evaluate and improve patient and population health.
- Assume leadership in advanced practice, health policy, mentoring, scholarship, and scientific inquiry.
- All applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education.
- Submit online application to the Graduate Admissions Office. Meet admission requirements of Graduate School.
- Hold a master’s degree in nursing or a business or health related field [e.g., MBA, MPH, MHA).
- BSN to DNP applicants for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care track must complete a minimum of one year of employment in an acute care setting (usually a hospital) prior to the beginning of coursework in the Acute Care track.
- Have a minimum cumulative graduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous college work.
- Have completed 3 credit hours of graduate-level statistics.
- Achieve competitive score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination if undergraduate GPA is below 3.3. If undergraduate GPA is 3.3 or above, then applicants are exempt from the GRE requirement.
- Have TOEFL scores of at least 550 on the paper test or 80 on the internet-based test if native language is not English.
- Complete College of Nursing Graduate Program Data Form.
- Submit College of Nursing Graduate Rating Forms from three college level instructors and/or nurses and administrators who have supervised applicant’s professional work.
- Submit an essay describing personal and professional aspirations.
- Schedule a personal interview with the College of Nursing DNP admissions committee. International applicants may be interviewed by telephone or teleconferencing at the discretion of the admissions committee.
See College of Nursing website (www.nursing.utk.edu) for current application deadlines and additional information on admission procedures.
Special Requirements and Policies
- Prior to enrollment in the DNP program, each student must successfully complete a criminal background check.
- Each student must hold personal professional liability insurance and health insurance.
- As Registered Nurses, DNP students must be licensed to practice nursing in the state where employed and in all states where their clinical experiences will occur (if different from state of employment).
- Each student must present evidence of meeting current health requirements. See College of Nursing website, www.nursing.utk.edu.
- Each student must present evidence of current health care provider CPR certified.
- A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours taken before acceptance into the DNP program may be applied toward the degree.
- A minimum grade of B in all DNP and other graduate-level nursing courses and a 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for continuation the program.
Residence is defined as a minimum of 6 credit hours of registration for a given semester on the campus where the program is located. The summer term is included in this period. During residence, it is expected that the student will be engaged in at least 6 credit hours on-campus study toward a graduate degree. For the doctoral degree, a minimum of two consecutive semesters of residence is required, except in programs where alternative or additional residence requirements have been approved. A statement as to how and during what period of time the residence requirement has been met will be presented with the Application for Admission to Candidacy along with signatures of approval from the major professor and the department head/program director.
The following courses are required for all students.
Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner concentration
Requirements for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration
Requirements for Nurse Anesthesia concentration
Requirements for Nurse Executive Practice concentration
Requirements for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner concentration
Students will be admitted to candidacy after successfully passing a comprehensive examination and defending the DNP Scholarly Project proposal. The DNP Scholarly Project produces a tangible and deliverable academic product that is derived from the practice immersion experience and is reviewed and evaluated by an academic committee. The DNP Scholarly Project committee is composed of a minimum of two doctoral-prepared (DNP or PhD) faculty. When appropriate, a third committee member may be selected, who holds special expertise relative to the specific project. The third member may be a faculty member from another academic unit, or external to the university.