Located in the heart of Chattanooga, the MSN Nurse Practitioner Concentration at UTC provides students the opportunity to complete their NP coursework while also taking advantage of clinical rotations in several areas in the region, including Georgia and Alabama.
In the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontology specialty, clinical rotations focus on the role of both the Hospitalist (180 clinical hours) and the Critical Care Intensivist (180 hours). The final acute care practicum consists of 270 clinical hours and allows the student to spend additional time in the acute care setting while also using a portion of the clinical hours to explore sub-specialty acute care areas of interest. All clinical rotations are in acute care facilities.
Students spend 90 hours of clinical time in each of the clinical practica--Primary Care of Adults, Primary Care of Women and Primary Care of Children--for a total of 270 clinical clock hours. The final Family Nurse Practitioner Practicum consists of 360 clinical clock hours. During the final practicum, the student is able to spend time in primary care but also use part of the time to explore specialty practice.
The clinical program is closely monitored and evaluated with communication between the School of Nursing faculty and all clinical preceptors at the various sites of rotation.