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DNP: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DNP?

The DNP is the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and is a practice-focused doctoral degree.

What is the difference between the DNP: Nursing and the DNP: Nursing Administration Systems programs?

The DNP: Nursing allows MSN graduates with advanced practice nurse (nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, midwife) or nursing administration specialties from an accredited nursing program to pursue a DNP degree. The DNP: Nursing Administration Systems allows BSN graduates from an accredited nursing program to pursue the DNP degree specializing in nursing administration. The curriculum for both options are different and uniquely designed to meet the needs of the targeted group of students.

When is the application deadline for the program and when is a new cohort admitted?

 Apply by October 1 to begin classes the following January. 

What is required to apply to the program?

Admission requirements and forms are located on the website under DNP Admissions.

Does the DNP offer different tracks?

The UTC School of Nursing offers two distinct tracks in the DNP: Nursing, the Direct and the Indirect. Direct is for the direct practice roles such as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives. The indirect track is for the indirect practice roles such as nurse administrators. The DNP: Nursing Administration Systems is strictly the indirect track.

How long is the program and is there a set curriculum and project required?

The full-time program is six semesters long. The curriculum schema is located on the website under Curriculum. There is a translational project required for the program; more information about this is available on the website under Translational Project.

Is the program completely online? What campus events are required of applicants/students?

Although the DNP Program content delivery is on line, the following times are mandatory attendance on campus for applicants and admitted students (time commitments are approximate):

  • Interview for admission to DNP Program (late summer/early September of year application submitted – 1 hour)
  • Orientation and Stats Camp (in early December before program begins in January – 2.5 days)
  • Qualifying Exam/DNP Intensive (N7093 – 3 days)
  • Final Presentation/DNP Intensive (N7094 – 3 days)

What technology requirements are needed?

A high-speed internet connection is essential. Students accepted into the program are required to have a computer, printer, web camera, internet access, Microsoft Office and other basic needs for downloading videos and other possible course requirements.

What is the cost?

Information about the cost of both in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees can be found online in the Fee Schedule

Additional Questions?

Use the online Request Information Form, or call us at 423-425-1741.

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