Post-master’s DNP

Post-master’s DNP

The post-master’s DNP concentration prepares practicing advanced practice nurses to positively impact patient, population, and systems outcomes through implementing and leading evidence-based practice improvement initiatives. We aim to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to broaden their view of health care, lead change, improve health, and enhance their practice as an APRN.

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  • Hybrid online curriculum with required on-campus visits twice a semester
  • On-site requirements provide opportunities for networking with peers and faculty, formative learning, and engagement in scholarly inquiry.
  • Synchronous online course meetings will occur throughout the semester for course discussion, content review, and presentation. These mandatory online course meetings will be scheduled prior to the beginning of the term so students may arrange their schedules accordingly.


Prospective applicants can review the current Program of Study to learn more about the sequencing of courses and timeline for the program.

2024 Program of Study

The program of study for this concentration requires 500 hours of direct and indirect patient care hours. These hours encompass developing and implementing an evidence-based practice improvement project and professional practice immersion experiences. Professional practice immersion hours are individualized to meet each student’s interests and needs in conjunction with program faculty. The post-master’s concentration is intended to enhance the student’s advanced nursing practice within their defined scope, population, and certification. Students seeking to add an additional population or practice role should apply to the appropriate BSN to DNP specialty concentration.


Special note for prospective students with residence and licensure outside of Tennessee: Graduate students may only complete professional practice or project immersion hours in the state of their official residence and licensure. Students wishing to complete professional practice or project immersion hours in a state other than Tennessee are responsible for ensuring the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing has a state authorization with the Board of Nursing in their state of residence. Additionally, Students who reside outside of Tennessee and plan to complete professional practice or project immersion in clinical settings in a state other than Tennessee, will need to take additional steps to comply with the requirements of that state.


Please note that the tuition and cost estimates listed here are based on the current tuition costs and may be subject to increases by the  Board of Trustees. These resources should allow you to calculate an estimated tuition and fees cost per semester of your program based on the current tuition rates.