Doctor of Nursing Practice
The DNP Program features online learning with both synchronous and asynchronous experiences. Each student is assigned an individual faculty advisor/mentor throughout the program as well as faculty, staff and program support to help navigate the program. In addition, orientation is on campus to allow for initial face-to-face meetings with faculty, staff and other students. The translational project is another feature of the program that allows the student a unique learning oportunity. Students enter one of two tracts: the direct practice role (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse midwives) or the indirect practice role with emphasis placed on organizational and leadership, and health care policy and program development. All DNP students are required to complete the core curricula competencies with in-depth preparation in their specialty area.
Post Masters DNP
The post masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing is a program of doctoral study for the nurse desiring specialty education in advanced levels of nursing practice. The DNP emerged from recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and leaders in health care. Embracing those recommendations, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) advanced the concept of the DNP and recommended that by 2015 all new applicants for advanced practice certification should have a DNP degree. The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to provide a rigorous education to prepare advanced practice nurses who translate science to improve population health through expert leadership. The program was designed using the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice specified by the AACN. The DNP program curriculum for most post master’s students will be a minimum of 34 semester credits. As a component of the DNP program, the student will develop and implement an evidence-based innovative translational project that could solve a significant health-care problem. With the student's faculty advisor/mentor, he/she will develop and present a scholarly project. Students will also complete additional clinical requirements to meet the mandated minimum of 1,000 Post-baccalaureate hours of specialty training that is one of the distinctions of a DNP graduate. Post masters students are permitted to apply a maximum of 500 of their post baccalaureate clinical hours to the 1,000 minimum mandate.
Post Baccalaureate DNP
The UTC School of Nursing now offers the BSN to DNP in Nursing Administration Health Systems option. The first class was admitted May 2012. Applications are now being accepted for the second cohort. Classes will begin May 2013.
The UTC DNP curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2004). Regardless of the individual’s entry point, DNP curricula are designed so that all students attain DNP Program Goals. More +
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Joanie Jackson, DNP Coordinator
Sarah Blackburn, Graduate Program Coordinator