Submit on-line School of Nursing DNP application.  General Admission Requirements are listed below. Students entering with an MSN, also see section named Other MSN Entry Level Requirements.

  • Achieved a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) or Master’s of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) from accredited program
  • Unencumbered license as a nurse in the U.S.: Registered Nurse (RN; or eligible for licensure), or Advanced Practice RN (APRN) if applicable
    • Students must be licensed in Tennessee or a compact state
    • May apply when eligible for licensure; admission is contingent on successfully obtaining license
    • It is the expectation that newly licensed registered nurses will be engaged in some level of clinical practice
  • Cumulative BSN and/or MSN degree GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE general exam scores are not required for admission
    • For post-BSN applicants, GRE general exam scores may be submitted (if desired) to strengthen the application by demonstrating readiness for graduate studies
    • GRE scores must arrive before the application deadline date to be considered
  • TOEFL on-line score of 90 or higher if native language is not English
  • Submission of  School of Nursing Graduate Rating form from three (3) college faculty and/or nurses who have supervised applicant’s professional work; at least one of the rating forms must be completed by a nurse with a graduate degree
  • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools where college credit was earned, not just degree-granting institutions
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • An essay as directed by the School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee
  • Letter of interest indicating applicant’s readiness for doctoral studies
  • Interview (may be completed via phone, video-conference, or in person)

With permission from the SON Director of the Graduate Program, a non-degree seeking student may take a maximum of nine credit hours in select nursing courses without being fully admitted to the DNP program.  For consideration, students will need to submit a program application and official transcripts from all post-secondary schools where college credit was earned, not just degree-granting institutions.

Out-of-state applicants to the nursing BSN-DNP program should become familiar with their state’s regulations governing distance accessible programs. Prospective students residing in states other than Tennessee should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to students enrolled in out-of-state programs while residing in their home state.

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