University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
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Nursing Programs OfferedBSN Programs
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Postbaccalaureate certificate
Nurse Anesthetist - Postbaccalaureate certificate
Nursing Science - Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Nursing Science - Master's degree
RN to BSN Programs
RN to BSN Program Details
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga now offers Registered Nurses two personalized ways to advance their careers with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing: our hybrid track, which combines online learning with periodic on-campus meetings, or our new completely online program. Both paths offer working nurses an opportunity to earn a BSN with the convenience of online courses without giving up the ability to meet face to face to with supportive faculty at a fully accredited university.
BSN Program Details
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prepares the graduate for beginning practice as a registered nurse in a variety of settings. The BSN is the professional degree that is the cornerstone of education for professional practice, career mobility and advancement. Upon completion of the four year baccalaureate program in nursing, graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse.
The UTC BSN program gives students the opportunity to experience a variety of care settings. Classes and clinical groups are small, which allows for individualized attention. The BSN program has outstanding faculty that provide leadership in the area’s health care delivery system and professional organizations.
With a BSN, you are also prepared for graduate study in nursing. The emphasis of the program is on use of knowledge and skills to plan and implement nursing care. Critical thinking and decision-making skills are emphasized.
MSN Program Details
The Master of Science in Nursing prepares first quality leaders in advanced nursing practice as family nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists. Graduates are expected to function as advanced practitioners in regional health care settings, as faculty in schools of nursing, or as mid-level administrators in complex health care organizations. Students are also prepared for doctoral study in nursing and related fields.
The emphasis of master's education at UTC is on developing nursing professionals who possess critical thinking skills and who have the ability to translate knowledge into expert clinical practice. In light of the major changes occurring in the health care industry, the School of Nursing completed an extensive review and revision of the graduate curriculum. All changes are in congruence with the current statement from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in their Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Details
The post masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing is a program of doctoral study for the nurse desiring specialty education in advanced levels of nursing practice. The DNP emerged from recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and leaders in health care. Embracing those recommendations, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) advanced the concept of the DNP and recommended that by 2015 all new applicants for advanced practice certification should have a DNP degree. The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to provide a rigorous education to prepare advanced practice nurses who translate science to improve population health through expert leadership. The program was designed using the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice specified by the AACN.
The DNP program curriculum for most post master’s students will be a minimum of 34 semester credits. As a component of the DNP program, the student will develop and implement an evidence-based innovative translational project that could solve a significant health-care problem. With the student's faculty advisor/mentor, he/she will develop and present a scholarly project. Students will also complete additional clinical requirements to meet the mandated 1,000 hours of specialty training that is one of the distinctions of a DNP graduate.
The DNP Program features online learning with both synchronous and asynchronous experiences. Each student is assigned an individual faculty advisor/mentor throughout the program as well as faculty, staff and program support to help navigate the program. In addition, orientation is on campus to allow for initial face-to-face meetings with faculty, staff and other students.
The translational project is another feature of the program that allows the student a unique learning oportunity. The program also allows students to enter one of two tracts: the direct practice role (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse midwives) or the indirect practice role with emphasis placed on organizational and leadership, and health care policy and program development. All DNP students are required to complete the core curricula competencies with in depth preparation in their specialty area.