Tennessee DNP Programs

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Tennessee DNP Programs

For those nursing students who want to pursue a degree at the doctoral level, there are generally two different options. A PhD program is the more traditional route that many people associate with the world of medicine. This is usually based in research, and may prepare nurses for a teaching or research role. Another option is the Doctor of Nursing Practice, or DNP degree. DNP programs in Tennessee and elsewhere are geared towards clinical practice, as well as sharpening leadership and managerial skills, so that a nurse can take on new roles outside of the traditional realm of taking care of patients.

Admission Requirements

Students in Tennessee have many options when choosing a DNP program. All of these programs have different application requirements, but there are a lot of similarities between them. Some of the items students may have to submit are:

  • An application and application fee
  • Official nursing school transcripts showing that he or she graduated with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Proof that he or she holds a BSN or an MSN degree
  • A resume of CV
  • Proof that he or she has at least 2 years of work experience
  • Proof of licensure as a nurse
  • A writing sample
  • His or her GRE scores


Each DNP program offers different specializations that a student can pursue. For example, the University of Tennessee offers students the option to go into Acute Care Nursing, Family Nursing, Forensic Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia, Pediatric Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Acute Care/Family Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing/Family Nursing.

There are different application deadlines depending on which program a person chooses to attend. At East Tennessee University the application deadline for BSN to DNP applicants is June 1, and the deadline for MSN to DNP applicants is October 1.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Tennessee

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
East Tennessee State University
807 University Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37614
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Vanderbilt University
211 Kirkland Hall
Nashville, TN 37240

Tennessee Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (TN)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Tennessee DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Tennessee DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Tennessee, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Tennessee educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the ­Tennessee Board of Nursing to find out more about how Tennessee recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Tennessee schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Tennessee Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Tennessee, more and more Tennessee higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Tennessee to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Tennessee nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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