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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.


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

Application Deadline

The College of Nursing Graduate Programs announces their secondary application deadline date of February 15, 2021 for Fall 2021 admissions for our hybrid DNP and PhD Programs. This secondary application deadline excludes applications for our BSN-DNP, Nurse Anesthesia Program and clinical track Graduate Certificate Programs. Applications received after December 15, 2020 for the Nurse Anesthesia and our clinical Graduate Certificate Programs will not be considered. Please note the priority deadline must be met in order to be eligible for scholarships and fellowships.

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.


DNP Program Chair Graduate Programs Advisor

Terrica Durbin
Asst Dean, Grad Programs (ITM) & DNP Program Chair

April Gonzalez
April Gonzalez
Graduate Programs Advisor

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( and is unconditionally approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing.