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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. The DNP offers an alternative to the research-focused terminal degree in nursing, and prepares professional nurses to assume advanced roles in practice, executive function, quality and safety, informatics and other positions of leadership in nursing and health care. The graduate of the DNP program, will develop sophisticated skills in the following highly desired areas:

  • Leadership of teams and organizations
  • Evaluation of current and future complex practice issues
  • Strategic planning and resource utilization
  • Critical evaluation and application of current research and best practice protocols
  • Team building and inter-professional collaboration
  • Measurement and analysis of healthcare outcomes
  • Development and management of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives
  • Quantitative data management
  • Information management and utilization in decision-making
  • Implement health promotion/disease prevention efforts at the system, local, regional, and national levels
  • Analyze and implement health policy
  • Disseminate evidence-based knowledge to improve healthcare outcomes

Cohorts begin each fall and meet at the Knoxville Hardin Valley Campus one time each academic year for a two or three-day colloquium. The balance of the program is delivered in an online format.  The 36-hour credit program is completed on a part-time basis, with degree completion in 2 calendar years (18 credits per year). The culminating learning experience in the DNP curriculum is the development, implementation and evaluation of a translational research project, with emphasis on dissemination of new knowledge for outcomes improvement.

DNP program specifics:

  • Designed to help you complete the program in 24 months
  • Blended format of online and onsite
  • 3 face-to-face colloquia
  • Integrate your experience in the coursework
  • 1,000 documented post-baccalaureate clinical hours
  • Must complete all degree requirements within six years of the first semester enrolled as a degree student

Computer Requirements

The program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2007 and wireless capability.

  • High-speed internet connection is essential
  • Computer with web-cam and a headset/microphone set


The DNP program is designed in full compliance with the professional standards for the practice doctorate as set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and with the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing at King University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791.


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