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Tennessee DNP Programs

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

Curriculum

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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Featured Online DNP Schools

Grow, lead, succeed - with an online graduate degree Keiser University Graduate School provides student-centered, quality career education that enables you to make an immediate contribution to your profession. For over 35 years, Keiser University's commitment to excellence has led to success for our graduates. Our unique combination of a strong curriculum rich in relevant courses for today’s workforce and our students-first approach provides an outstanding academic experience. Become part of a caring, learning environment, whether online or on campus, led by experienced faculty who bring you real-world challenges and solutions.
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.
A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.
Grow, lead, succeed - with an online graduate degree Keiser University Graduate School provides student-centered, quality career education that enables you to make an immediate contribution to your profession. For over 35 years, Keiser University's commitment to excellence has led to success for our graduates. Our unique combination of a strong curriculum rich in relevant courses for today’s workforce and our students-first approach provides an outstanding academic experience. Become part of a caring, learning environment, whether online or on campus, led by experienced faculty who bring you real-world challenges and solutions.
An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so what you’re learning is immediately applicable to your career. We serve more than 36,000 students from the U.S. and around the world and offer more than 140 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 20 certificate programs.
As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.
A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.
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Other TN Schools with DNP Programs

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Chattanooga, TN 37403
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Memphis, TN 38163
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