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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-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner are currently available.


Due to difficulties in some states with distance students conducting internships when enrolled in a program in another state, applications for admission will be accepted from:

  1. Residents of Tennessee

  2. Residents of states that participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) and are within a 250 mile radius of ETSU’s Johnson City campus.

Students in all concentrations of the ETSU College of Nursing DNP programs 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.

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 2017 for the PhD/DNP

Spring: January 9 – 13

Summer: May 8 – 12

Fall: August 21 – 24


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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