Doctor of Nursing Practice

Online/Blended DNP Program 

What is a DNP?

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a doctoral degree focused on clinical practice. ETSU College of Nursing's DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses and executive nurse leaders to assess and evaluate evidence from research and translate or use the findings to affect practice change to enhance and promote quality of care.

Program Purposes, Goals and Competencies (PDF)


The program is offered in an Online/Blended format in which students complete most coursework online with required on-campus intensive sessions 1-2 times per semester.


  • Executive Leadership,
  • Family Nurse Practitioner,
  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, and
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner are currently available.

Interprofessional Practicum:

Students in the ETSU College of Nursing DNP programs Advanced Clinical Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and Executive Leadership concentrations are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of practicum in an interprofessional experience, as part of the overall practicum for their program.  The interprofessional experience can be part of a formal interprofessional clinic or can be organized by the student specifically for this practicum requirement, in collaboration with the student’s course faculty, academic advisor and partners from the proposed organization.

Notice: Because of state regulatory requirements for nursing programs, students residing outside the state of Tennessee may be required to complete clinical hours in a Tennessee institution or agency. Students wishing to complete clinical courses in their home state may incur additional expenses and/or program time, to cover faculty licensure, travel, and program approval in their state. Regulations governing nursing and higher education vary on a state-by-state basis and cannot always be anticipated in advance of student application to the program.

DNP and PhD Role Comparison

Program Formats and Concentrations

Financial Resources

New Application Deadlines - Updated on 4/11/16

Admission Requirements

Admissions Procedures


The DNP program at East Tennessee State University's College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Intensive dates in 2016 for the PhD/DNP

January 11 - 15

May 9 - 13

August 15 - 18


Contact Us
We recommend as a quick, reliable method of contact; however, you may also call to schedule an appointment or get general information at:

888.37NURSE or 423.439.4578

You may also contact , in the Office of Student Services with questions related to the DNP program.

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