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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.
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:
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.