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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Handbook and curriculum information can be found under the Resources tab.



Welcome to the University of Tennessee Knoxville DNP website! To provide prospective students with valuable information about the DNP and PhD programs, please see: Doctoral Programs Virtual Open House Presentation (PDF)

The DNP program is designed for BSN or MSN prepared nurses who wish to pursue a clinical doctoral degree in Nursing. The program prepares nurses to practice at the highest level of professional practice and competence. The goal of the program is prepare expert nurses who will provide nursing care in a variety of settings, serve as leaders in improving the health care system, and educate future nurses. Nurses who hold a Master`s degree in nursing (any specialty) from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education are eligible to apply. 

We offer a part-time curriculum allowing professionals to continue their careers while enrolled in our program: 7 semesters (2 ½ years) in length, with students taking 6 to 7 credits per semester.

At the completion of the DNP program, students will be able to: 

  • Integrate nursing science with other disciplines as the basis for the highest level of evidence-based nursing practice
  • Demonstrate professionalism, advocacy, ethical principles, and scientific integrity in advanced nursing practice
  • Provide collaborative leadership in the development of clinical practice models, health policy, and standards of care, for diverse populations
  • Generate system and outcomes research and analyze other evidence to guide improvements in practice
  • Utilize information systems/technology to support and improve nursing care and healthcare systems, and prevent illness and disability.

For More Information

Graduate Student Services



To submit a formal application to the College of Nursing [CON] Graduate Program (MSN, DNP, PhD, Post-MSN) at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, you must apply directly through UT Graduate Admissions.  Read through the guidelines below, and then please visit the UT Graduate Admissions website to apply. The required application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions prior to the posted program deadline.

All applications must pass through two reviews: (1) the UT Graduate School; and if deemed admissible, then (2) the College of Nursing.

You may start and save an application for later submission, but will need to upload an essay/personal statement, a C.V. or resume (optional), and a copy of your RN license (if applicable).

Your application must be submitted and pass through initial review by the UT Graduate School in advance of the College of Nursing program application deadline.  The UT Graduate School processes and reviews applications in order of submission, and due to the application queue, students are strongly encouraged to submit applications well in advance (4-5 weeks typically) of the nursing program deadline.

It is your responsibility, as applicant, to ensure that your application is complete. You are strongly encouraged to check first with UT Graduate Admissions to see if all your transcripts/materials have been submitted properly. You can always check the processing status of your application, via the UT Graduate School status checker!

After you have submitted your online application, you will receive an important confirmation email from the UT Graduate School with final instructions about rating forms and any other nursing program admission requirements.

REQUIRED for all graduate/doctoral Nursing applicants:
  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Three (3) rating/reference forms (two (2) required for Post-MSN) returned directly to the College of Nursing

​UT Graduate Admissions

CON Graduate Programs

​Anesthesia Program Office

​201 Student Services Building

Knoxville, TN 37996-0221

Phone: 865-974-3251

​Fax: 865-974-6541



​UTK College of Nursing

Room 203

Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: 865-974-7606

​Fax: 865-974-3569


​1930 Alcoa Highway

Suite 430

Knoxville, TN 37920

Phone: 865-305-7762


Deadlines (PDF)


Cost Estimate for Graduate Nursing Students 

Financial Aid 

Options for Graduate level financial aid are listed on the Graduate tab of the Financial Aid website


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