Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga provides a rigorous education to prepare advanced practice nurses who translate science to improve population health through expert leadership. Graduates of the program are able to:

  • ​Practice in a specialized advanced nursing role through comprehensive assessment, ethically and culturally sensitive planning, therapeutic intervention, and evidence-based evaluation
  • ​Apply evidence-based prevention by integrating epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental, and other scientific data in providing health services to individuals, aggregates, and/or populations
  • ​Employ organizational and systems leadership competencies to address current and future health, safety, and other quality improvement issues for health services
  • ​Critically appraise information systems and advanced technical resources to support and improve health care
  • ​Integrate knowledge from nursing and other sciences in developing, implementing, and evaluating new practice approaches to meet goals for improving health care
  • ​Initiate, analyze, and/or influence proposals for health policy, respecting the perspectives of the consumer, other health care providers, and the affected communities of public entities, while incorporating priniciples of business, finance, and economics
  • ​Stimulate effective system change as a leader or a member of a collaborative and/or inter-professional team

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • Applicants must have a MSN degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, and documentation of all items requested as part of the application.
    • Students are only required to come to campus for orientation and for the Qualifying Examination.
    • Applicants are required to come to campus for interviews.

    School Overview

    When the Methodist Episcopal Church began to explore the possibilities of developing a central university in the South, Chattanoogans came forward to work with the church in this effort. Founded as Chattanooga University in 1886, the University was a private school for 83 years. Three years after its founding, the University was consolidated with another church-related school, East Tennessee Wesleyan University at Athens, under the name of Grant University. In 1907 the name University of Chattanooga was adopted. In 1969 the University of Chattanooga and a junior college, Chattanooga City College, merged with the University of Tennessee, one of the oldest land-grant universities in the nation, to form the UTC campus. 

    UTC is a comprehensive research university, awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Engineering & Computer Science
    • College of Health, Education & Professional Studies
    • The Graduate School
    • Honors College


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