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Acceptance and Program Information

Applicants who are accepted to the graduate program must confirm their placement by completing the following admission requirements:

  • Before registering for classes, each student must submit a seat fee ($250 for MSN, DNP, or PhD; $2,000 for nurse anesthesia), successfully complete a criminal background and health status check using our third-party agency, and complete a graduate-level statistics course
  • Each student must hold personal professional liability insurance (an automatic UT Bursar’s Office bill of $25/year) and health insurance.
  • All students in the college are required to give proof of immunizations; proof is defined as official medical records (for example, state health department record).
  • Students are required to be trained in CPR prior to enrolling in degree programs or post-master’s certificate programs. A copy of your CPR card must be submitted. CPR training must be obtained through the American Heart Association Health Care Provider (BLS) course including CPR/AED. Expiration date must be visible.
  • Entering students must attend the mandatory College of Nursing New Student Orientation, held at the beginning of the program. In addition, all students must be familiar with the University of Tennessee Graduate School student policy, forms, and deadlines found on the Graduate School website.

Tuition/Fee Estimate

Semester cost is based on UT Graduate School tuition rates and other charges and fees and dependent upon enrollment in clinical nursing courses, which assign a fee of $200 per course (subject to change each term).


There are many internal and external options for funding. See our scholarship page for the latest update on College of Nursing scholarships. The application deadline for college scholarships is spring (April 1, unless otherwise noted), and awards begin the following fall semester. Other external sources of funding include, but are not limited to, loans, traineeships, the UT Office of Financial Aid, and national nursing associations. Please consult those agencies and offices directly.

Thesis vs. Nonthesis Option

The thesis option is available and is especially encouraged for those who are considering pursuit of a doctoral degree. The nonthesis option requires a more detailed comprehensive exam and a course (N582) that encourages independent study with a researcher. 

Comprehensive Examination Requirements

All students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination as required by the Graduate Council.


Students engage in simulation experiences with standardized patients and mannequins in the Health Innovation Technology and Simulation Lab. Simulation experiences augment and prepare students for their clinical experiences.