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Welcome to the Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at King University is a practice-focused platform and offers the terminal degree in nursing practice. The DNP offered at King contributes to the expansion of knowledge underlying advanced professional nursing practice. King's DNP program places considerable emphasis on specific DNP skill development: translation CCNE Accreditationof research into practice, evaluation of interdisciplinary teamwork for performance excellence and dissemination of new knowledge for outcomes improvement.  The program was designed using the Essential of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at King University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation


The DNP hybrid program consists of:

  • 36 prescribed semester credit hours, primarily online
  • 1,000 documented post-baccalaureate clinical hours
  • Demonstration of identified final degree competencies
  • Three onsite colloquia are included in the DNP program of study. The first 2-day colloquia is held at the beginning of the program as classes begin in the fall semester. The second colloquia is at the beginning of the second year of study, and the third is at the end of the program. All colloquia are held at the Knoxville Hardin Valley Campus.

As a student in the DNP degree program, one must complete all degree requirements within six years of the first semester enrolled as a degree student.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to provide advanced level nurses with the academic underpinnings to translate research in to practice, integrate knowledge to improve patient outcomes, advance health policy and assume leadership roles to influence the ever-changing demands of healthcare. King University’s faith-based culture prepares graduates to integrate scholarship and service into a career focused on achieving meaningful lives with a pursuit of transforming culture in Christ.


Vision Statement

The vision of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at King University is to be the preferred academic program in the region and beyond in preparing advanced level nurses with the terminal nursing practice degree that promotes a culture that is student-focused, forward thinking and Christ-centered. King University graduates will engage in life-long learning and demonstrate nursing excellence with integrity, compassion and service to others. 


Nursing Coursework

To view all required courses for a DNP please click here.

For DNP course descriptions please click here.