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East Tennessee State University

Nursing D.N.P., Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Mostly Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

ETSU Online DNP Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practioner

This program provides advanced nursing students with the knowledge, skills, and values to:

Integrate specialized knowledge, theories, and research from nursing science and related disciplines for application to nursing practice; 

Assume leadership roles as advanced clinicians, nurse educators, and/or administrators

Demonstrate accountability in nursing practice according to accepted standards of patient care and safety

Use information technology to translate research findings into evidence-based practice at the individual and health system levels

Affect desired change by developing and implementing policies at different levels of the health care system and with different constituencies

Provide multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical indicators within health care systems to provide optimal client care and safety

Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in planning and delivery of health management

"Mostly Online" means that all coursework will be completed online with one required intensive session on campus per semester. For more information on intensive session dates, contact us or visit the Nursing D.N.P. home page.


Nursing DNP Program of Study

Program of Study

Program and curriculum information, including graduation requirements can be found in entry for the the Nursing DNP, Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration, in the ETSU Graduate Studies Catalog and at the ETSU College of Nursing website.

Students in the D.N.P. program must comply with all policies of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies regarding retention, progression, and graduation. In addition, before entrance into clinical courses, students must:

  • be licensed or authorized to practice in Tennessee or a compact state,
    demonstrate evidence of professional malpractice insurance in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 coverage (as a nurse practitioner student),
  • have current CPR certification and knowledge of universal precautions,
  • comply with the clinical requirements of the College of Nursing, and
    complete a criminal background check per College of Nursing policy.
  • A student may be asked to present evidence of physical or mental health at any time during the nursing program, and continuance in the program may be contingent upon this evidence. Additionally, students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites.


Nursing DNP Admissions Requirements

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the D.N.P. program at ETSU must fulfill all the requirements for admission to both the School of Graduate Studies and the College of Nursing.

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all students submit the following materials:

  • A completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • A written essay.

The College of Nursing requirements for admission to the D.N.P. program include:

  1. A bachelor’s (BSN to DNP applicants) in nursing or non-nursing master’s (MSN to DNP applicants) degree, or equivalency for international applicants in nursing, from a nationally accredited nursing program or comparably recognized non-U.S. institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale.

Certification (for MSN to DNP applicants) in the selected nursing specialty for the concentration (for instance, FNP certification for the FNP Concentration); at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role for the Executive Leadership concentration;

A nursing master’s degree in a different specialty than the program concentrations (executive leadership, PMHNP, ANP/GNP, FNP) (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role;
BSN from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a non-nursing master’s degree (longer program of study may be required) and, in addition, for Executive Leadership at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role.

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for applicants with cumulative grade point average less than 3.2 as reported by their BSN or MSN institution.
  2. An unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in the state of Tennessee or equivalency for international students.
  3. At least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse.
  4. Three letters of recommendation: one from the applicant’s current (most recent) supervisor, one from a faculty member who has worked directly with the applicant during previous academic study, and one from an individual selected by the applicant.
  5. Completion of an interview.
  6. Completion of a writing sample at the time of interview describing a problem the applicant has identified in practice that the applicant might explore in the DNP program.

The personal interview and time for completing the writing sample will be scheduled by the College of Nursing’s DNP Admissions Committee.

Criminal Background Checks

To progress clinically, students will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check at his or her own expense from a specified vendor. Unfavorable results may result in a student’s inability to continue in clinical courses; review of the contents of the background check and the determination for eligibility for participation at a clinical site will be conducted by affiliated clinical agencies.

Although the College of Nursing does not receive the contents of the background check, documentation of completion is kept with the student’s Clinical Course Health Requirement file.


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students residing in select bordering counties in North Carolina and Virginia may attend ETSU at the in-state tuition rate. Please contact the Admissions Office at or 423-439-4213 with questions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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