Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Tennessee.
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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Belmont University meets the professional standards developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The program is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university offers a BSN-to-DNP program that is designed to be completed with three years of full-time study on campus, although a part-time option is available. The Post-Master's DNP program is offered in a hybrid format. Classes are held on campus during four weekends each semester and supplemented by online course work. DNP graduates are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).
BSN required for:
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee
There are two pathways to the DNP degree at East Tennessee State University - BSN to DNP and the MSN to DNP. Students pursuing the BSN to DNP program can choose from the following concentration areas: Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The MSN to DNP curriculum includes coursework in Health Policy Leadership and Translation of Nursing Science in Practice. The DNP program is offered in an online/blended format. On campus sessions are limited to one to two times per semester, with the rest of the coursework completed online. Students must also complete a residency requirement and a capstone project in order to graduate. The university's DNP program is accredited by the CCNE.
Southern Adventist University
The Southern Adventist University offers a post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program that is available primarily an online. There are only three required on-campus visits throughout the program. Students have the option of pursuing the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Southern Adventist's DNP program offers three areas of emphasis: Lifestyle Therapeutics, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Adult/Gerontology, and Acute Care Specialization. The curriculum covers subject areas such as: Practical Epidemiology and Research, Healthcare Technology in Advanced Practice, Applied Biostatistics in Clinical Research, and Genetics and Environment in Disease. Students are required to complete a Scholarly DNP Project in the area of their specialization in order to graduate.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program that can be pursued completely online. Students are only required to come to campus for an orientation at the beginning of the program and again for the qualifying exam. Students can enter the program either through the post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP - Nursing Administration) or post-master's (MSN to DNP - Nursing) pathway. The post-baccalaureate program can be pursued as a full-time or part-time plan of study. RNs with a BSN but with a master's degree in non-nursing field can also apply to this program. The post-master's DNP program is designed for RNs who are seeking doctoral training in their APN specialty. The university's DNP program is CCNE-accredited until 2018.
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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Offered on a full-time or part-time basis, the CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is open to individuals with a BSN, an MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader degree, or an MSN and an advanced practice degree. The DNP program is offered primarily online, with students required to be on campus only three times every year for a week each time. Students can complete the required clinical residency experience in their geographical area. The following DNP concentrations are available: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Family Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Pediatric Nursing, and Neonatal Nursing. Dual concentrations are also offered in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care/Family Nursing and in Psychiatric Mental Health/Family Nursing.
The University of Tennessee
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is open to both BSN and MSN prepared nurses. Students who are accepted to the BSN to DNP program can earn an MSN degree enroute to the DNP degree or choose the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. Pursued on a full-time basis, the BSN to DNP program can be completed in three to three and a half years. The MSN to DNP program is offered as a part-time program to allow professionals to continue their careers while working towards a DNP degree. It typically takes seven semesters to complete the part-time MSN to DNP program. The completion of a capstone program is a requirement for graduation.
Students accepted to Union University's CCNE-accredited post-master's DNP program can choose from the following tracks: Executive Leadership, Nurse Anesthesia and Nurse Practitioner. The School of Nursing coordinates with the McAfee School of Business to offer a dual degree program that allows students to earn an MBA with their DNP degree. The post-master's DNP program is delivered in a hybrid format. Students are required to come to campus for four one-week sessions throughout the program, with the remainder of the course requirements completed online. The program may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Clinical fellowships are carried out in the student's geographical area. The university also offers RN to DNP, BSN to DNP and CRNA to DNP options.
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The DNP program at Vanderbilt University is open to three types of applicants: post-BSN, post-MSN, and RNs with an MS degree in a non-nursing, healthcare field. Post-BSN students earn their MSN degree enroute to the DNP degree. Post-MSN students must be certified APRNs. A Systems Focus option is available for RNs with a non-nursing MS degree. DNP students are required to attend an intensive, on-campus experience for one week each semester. Other coursework requirements are completed online. The university also offers a dual DNP/MPH (Master of Public Health) program. The DNP courses for this program are available in a modified distance format, while the MPH courses require weekly on-campus attendance. The MPH program offers three tracks: Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Policy.