Doctor of Nursing Practice
The DNP: Nursing (MSN to DNP) 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) recommended that all new applicants for advanced practice certification should have a DNP degree. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides 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 36 semester credits. As a component of the DNP program, the student will develop and implement an evidence-based innovative Translational Project designed to solve a significant health-care problem. With the close assistance of a faculty advisor/mentor, students 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 may apply a maximum of 500 of their post baccalaureate clinical hours to the 1,000 minimum mandate.
DNP: Nursing Administration Systems
The DNP: Nursing Administration Systems (BSN or higher to DNP) curriculum is designed to accommodate students who have completed their BSN, or have a Master’s Degree in another field. Course work can be completed on a full time or part time basis. Students entering with a BSN are required to take a minimum of 57 credits to achieve the DNP. Students entering the program with a Master’s degree in another field will be evaluated individually and given appropriate credit for courses completed at the Master’s level.
The DNP curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge and skills to effectively lead in complex clinical environments. Core courses provide a foundation in informatics, evidence based practice and research, finance, organizational theory, resource management, nursing theory, and nursing research. This knowledge is then expanded upon through courses in leadership in complex system, epidemiology, health policy, and clinical systems analysis and design. Students are required to complete 1,000 clinical hours followed by a clinical residency during which the student completes a Translational Project under the guidance of a DNP committee.
The DNP: Nursing Administration Systems allows students interested to continue on and complete the Masters of Business Administration (MBA). If students remain continuously enrolled following the required program of study, they can earn up to 15 credit hours towards their MBA in Health Care Administration.
Although the DNP Program content delivery is online, 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)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).