College of Nursing
The College of Nursing traces its history to 1898 and is widely recognized for innovative educational programs, cutting edge research, and exemplary faculty practice. The College currently offers three degree programs – BSN, DNP, and PhD which is offered through the College of Graduate Health Science.
The BSN program prepares new nurses for generalist practice and provides a foundation for graduate study. The College offers an option for RNs to earn the BSN degree with consideration of their prior nursing knowledge.
The DNP program prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses as nurse anesthetists as well as several different types of nurse practitioners – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners, Family Nurse Practitioners, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and both Pediatric Primary Care and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioners. Dual-board options are available as a combined Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a combined Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. These options accept BSN or higher degree prepared nurses for initial board certification preparation. These options also accept Master’s prepared nurses who hold APRN board certification and desire additional preparation, or preparation for a second board certification.
A number of post-doctoral clinical training opportunities for DNP graduates are under development. Currently, Post-DNP preparation for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is accepting applications.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science is offered through the UTHSC College of Graduate Health Sciences. This program prepares individuals to begin scientific careers. A combined DNP/PhD program is available to exceptional students who aspire to careers in advanced practice and as scientists.