The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has a new option for nursing students looking to further their education: the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
The DNP degree complements but differs from the existing Ph.D. in nursing in that it is clinically focused rather than research focused. It is now the terminal degree for advanced practice nurses, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives.
Applications are now being accepted for classes beginning in January 2011. The program will admit those who already have a master’s of science in nursing for the inaugural class. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2010.