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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program prepares students to influence health care outcomes for individuals and patient populations by using evidence-based practice, evaluating and implementing health policy, developing new and innovative clinical systems, and becoming leaders in nursing.

In the past, advancing your nursing education to the doctoral level meant a career path in education or research. Today, due to the complexity of health care, doctorally prepared nurses are becoming increasingly important in clinical practice. By combining advanced practice nursing skills, appraisal and application of research, and leadership competence, you are empowered to become a more efficient and effective practitioner. DNP clinical experts collaborate with other professionals to make a positive impact in their community and in health care.

Admissions

Find information on admission policies, deadlines and requirements on our Graduate Admissions page.

Zoom Sessions

We are offering online chat sessions with the Concentration Coordinators for prospective students who would like to learn more information or ask questions about our programs. This is a great time to connect with the UTK College of Nursing Faculty and Staff.

To participate in the Zoom session, you will need to go to the following site: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/4808572241

You will need a webcam and microphone to participate. Joining by phone is also available by calling: (408) 638 0968 (US Toll), Meeting ID: 480 857 2241

If you need technical assistance, please email Dr. Hutson at shutson@utk.edu

BSN-DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner: November 7 at 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.(EST); November 9 at 8 a.m.- 9 a.m.(EST) (Drs. Lasater & Hutson)

BSN-DNP-Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: November 14 at 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. (EST); November 27 at 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. (EST) (Drs. Bland & Hutson)

BSN-DNP-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: November 20 at 10 a.m.- 11 a.m. (EST); November 29 at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (EST) (Drs. Beebe & Hutson)

BSN-DNP-Nurse Executive: November 14 at 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. (EST); November 16 at 8:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. (EST) (Drs. Hardesty & Hutson)

Post Master’s DNP: November 15 at 8:30-9:30 a.m. (EST); November 29 at 8:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. (EST) (Dr. Hutson)

Program Features

  • Immersion in an area of professional practice
  • Knowledge and skill acquisition for application
  • Appraisal and application of evidence to advance practice
  • Leadership in health care systems
  • Curriculum focused in evidence-based practice, leadership, population health policy, and quality improvement project planning
  • Blended curriculum delivery* combining face-to-face instruction and online learning, which has proven to be effective in terms of learning outcomes and student satisfaction
  • Individually tailored scholarly project in your area of practice and interest
  • Scholarly project funding available by application
  • Colloquium, a time for DNP and PhD students and faculty to share and discuss their topic of interest
  • A faculty that includes expert clinicians, educators, and nurse executives
  • Faculty commitment to guiding students through the project development and implementation process
  • Full accreditation by CCNE

*600-level nursing courses in the PhD and DNP programs are offered in a flexible blended format. The blended format consists of two coordinated on-site face-to-face course sessions per term complemented with live online group and collaborative discussions and activities; structured asynchronous individual, group, and self-directed work; and individual guidance, mentoring, and advising. Students in clinical concentration courses will have variable schedules.

Questions?

Get in touch with DNP Program Chair Sadie Hutson.


Sadie Hutson
PhD, RN, WHNP, BC
Interim Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
shutson@utk.edu
865-974-7585



Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

DNP programs in the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and are unconditionally approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

 

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