University of Tennessee Health Science Center
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated BSN Programs
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
RN to BSN Programs
MSN Program Details
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at the UT Health Science Center College of Nursing was established in 1972 in response to a study requested by the Tennessee State Legislature on "The Need, Supply, and Education of Professional Nurses." The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program was part of that early effort and was one of the first graduate programs in the US to prepare nurse practitioners. The College of Nursing continues to lead nurse practitioner education nationally and internationally by offering one of the few programs in the US preparing Acute Care Nurse Practitioners.
College of Nursing faculty in the MSN program are clinical experts actively involved in programs of practice and practice scholarship. The UT Health Science Center College of Nursing Faculty Practice Program is nationally recognized and provides the foundation for this advance practice degree. The practice was awarded the first annual Faculty Practice Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
The Master of Science in Nursing is a full-time, 3 to 5 term, graduate program preparing nurses for roles in advanced practice. Courses in the MSN program are Web-mediated. The MSN program provides students the opportunity to:
-Develop an advanced level of clinical competence for practice that provides consumers with primary, secondary, and/or tertiary health care;
-Develop a research base for systematic review, testing, and evaluation of nursing care actions, effects, and outcomes;
-Acquire the research and practice foundation for doctoral study.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Details
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a full-time, program of study mostly for individuals holding a professional entry (BSN or MSN-CNL) degree or post MSN advanced practice degree. There are two academic terms per year with each term lasting 20 weeks. Students are required to be on campus four times yearly, at the start and end of each term, typically Monday-Friday. The first two terms consist primarily of core courses, and the last two or more terms focus on courses in the student’s area of concentration, as well as a resident practicum and a resident project. Resident work is arranged by the student in conjunction with a UTHSC faculty member, and students typically complete the residency requirement in the area they currently live. The length of the program depends on the student’s qualifications and area of concentration. For example, the program length for a student entering with a BSN or MSN-CNL will take a minimum of 3 years to complete. The program length for a student entering with a MSN and nurse practitioner certification will take a minimum 2 years to complete. The program has no dissertation requirement and is not available as a part-time program.