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The MSN to DNP program, or post-masters DNP, admits RNs and APRNs who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).  The MSN to DNP program is a generalist program designed to elevate the MSN-prepared nurse to the doctoral level.  Doctorally-prepared nurses are empowered to effect change within healthcare systems through advanced education focused on evidence-based practice, leadership, population health policy, and quality improvement project planning.

The MSN to DNP curriculum is delivered in a flexible blended format, consisting of two on-site course sessions per term at the Knoxville campus.  These on-site experiences are complemented with live online group and collaborative discussions and activities; structured asynchronous individual, group, and self-directed work; and individual guidance, mentoring, and advising.  Full-time students can complete the program in two years and admission is offered each fall term.  Part-time enrollment is also available.

The MSN to DNP program requires students to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours.  Clinical hours previously completed through an MSN program may be counted towards this total, pending verification.  More information about clinical sites, preceptors, and the verification process can be obtained by emailing

It is important to note that the MSN to DNP program does not include an APRN specialization; however, students seeking an APRN specialization may pursue a Graduate Certificate at the conclusion of the MSN to DNP curriculum.

All prospective College of Nursing students must apply directly through UT Graduate Admissions. All required application materials must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions prior to the posted program deadline.  To be considered for Fall 2019 admission, the application deadline is March 15, 2019.

Year 1

Fall I (9 hours) Hours
604: Principles of Population Health 3
610: Review & Critique of the Scientific Literature 3
613: Nursing Leadership in Complex Systems 3
Spring I (9 hours)
620: Foundations of Practice 3
622: Evidence-Based Practice I 3
626: Health System Finance 3
Summer I (8 hours)
630: DNP Project Proposal (Full Summer) 2
624: Evidence-Based Practice II (Summer I) 3
633: Practice Immersion* (Summer II) 3

Year 2

Fall II (9 hours) Hours
612: Health & Healthcare Policy 3
623: Population Health in Global Society 3
633: Practice Immersion* 3
Spring II (6 hours)
633: Practice Immersion* 3
634: DNP Scholarly Project 3

*N633 credit hours will vary based on the number of clinical hours obtained in the MSN

1 Credit hour = 60 Clinical OR Project Hours