Doctor of Nursing Practice / Nurse Anesthesia (BSN to DNP)
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Program Details

Bachelor’s-prepared nurses can pursue surgical roles with a Doctor of Nursing Practice focused on Nurse Anesthesia. The online DNP program from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville covers the principles and procedures of anesthesia for all types of patients undergoing surgical and diagnostic procedures.

Students gain experience with general surgery as well as specialty areas including neuro, cardiovascular/thoracic, OB/GYN, and pediatrics. Coursework emphasizes pathophysiology and pharmacology. Students also gain insights into the theoretical considerations of practice, professional issues, and research. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination (NCE).

Features of the program include:

  • Immersion in an area of professional practice
  • Appraisal and application of evidence to advance practice
  • Leadership in healthcare systems
  • Individually tailored scholarly project in student’s area of practice and interest
  • Online learning combined with clinical hours and occasional face-to-face instruction to improve learning outcomes

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

GRE, Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires on-campus visits twice per semester during clinical courses in area of concentration
  • Must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited program that also holds nursing accreditation through the National Accrediting Commission or the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education
  • GRE scores not required for applicants with GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Must have current ACLS and PALS certification and at least one year of full-time adult critical care nursing experience