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For more information about the DNP program please visit the DNP section of our website.

UTK College of Nursing Elevates Advanced Practice Registered Nursing to the Clinical Doctorate

In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommended moving all Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) programs to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) level. Today’s health care environment requires APRNs who can deliver high-quality, safe, and effective care to individuals, families and communities. As the state’s flagship institution, we are committed to educating the best prepared APRNs at the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to lead changes in health delivery systems, explore and implement ways to cut health care costs, measure outcomes of groups of patients, populations and communities and provide evidenced-based care.

These principles guided our decision to elevate all APRN concentrations (except nurse anesthesia) to the DNP-degree level. Students seeking admission in fall 2018 to APRN clinical specialties will apply to the BSN-to-DNP program as we will not be accepting MSN applicants. We will continue to offer the post-masters certificates programs in each of the specialty areas.

As the healthcare system continues to evolve, APRNs will assume greater authority and independence for providing a broader range of clinical care than ever before. The UTK College of Nursing’s move to the DNP as entry into advanced practice is congruent with the national trend to empower nurses and advance the profession.

For more information about the DNP program please visit the DNP section of our website.

The master’s program in nursing prepares leaders, managers, and practitioners who facilitate achievement of optimal health in the dynamic health care system.

The college is committed to the delivery of high-quality academic programs, to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge through research and other scholarly activities, to the provision of service to the community, and to the promotion of the profession of nursing. Specifically, our unique mission is to facilitate the development of professional nurses who will promote our society’s health at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

The program offers role preparation as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, or nursing administrators. Advanced practice nursing involves the delivery of care, management of resources, interdisciplinary collaboration, and application of technology, information systems, knowledge, and critical thinking. Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Provide advanced nursing care to clients in a variety of health care settings
  • Utilize theoretical knowledge to guide advanced practice nursing
  • Collaborate in research activities and utilize knowledge gained from research in advanced practice nursing
  • Evaluate health policies and economics related to the delivery of health care
  • Assume roles as leaders and collaborators with other professionals and communities in planning, providing, and evaluating health care

Due to the pressing need for advanced practice nurses in mental health, our MSN concentration is only accepting applications for full-time students at this time. Contact the College of Nursing Student Services Office at 865-974-7606 if you have further questions

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

MSN 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. The nurse anesthesia concentration is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

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