Degree Information

Become a hero in critical care through our online RN-to-Adult Gerontology Acute Care program! You will be equipped with the skills to manage complex cases studying life support, patient advocacy, and critical assessments.


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Degree Details

This fully online program prepares you for registered nursing in adult-gerontology acute care. Areas of study include operating life support systems, serving as a patient advocate, providing necessary intensive therapy and intervention and performing assessments of potentially critical conditions. Course loads at flexible and clinical hour requirements are completed with preceptors local to your area.

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Nursing Practice
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Delivery Style
Department Information
Whitson-Hester School of Nursing
Bell Hall 202
(931) 372-3203
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Graduate Studies Information
College of Graduate Studies
Derryberry Hall 306
(931) 372-3233
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Admissions Requirements

The Doctor of Nursing program is a joint program with ETSU that includes several concentrations that the applicant must choose from: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. There are different levels of admission depending upon prior credentials of the applicants and whether or not they hold a BSN, MSN, BSN, or a Master’s in another discipline. Students seeking admission to the Doctor of Nursing program are required to have:

    1. Licensure: Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Tennessee or equivalency for lnternational students;
    2. Work Experience: All applicants are required to have at least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse;
    3. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required: one from the applicant’s current (most recent) supervisor, one from a faculty member who has worked directly with the applicant during previous academic study, and one from an individual selected by the applicant;
    4. Writing Sample: All applicants will be required to complete a writing sample describing a problem the applicant has identified in clinical practice, whether as a student or a practicing RN, and what steps were taken to resolve or improve the situation; 
    5. Interview: All applicants will participate in an interview;
    6. Cover Letter: All applicants must submit a cover letter expressing the applicant’s personal goals for doctoral study; and
    7. Resume or Curriculum Vitae: All applicants must submit a current resume or vitae

International students are required to demonstrate competency in spoken and written English by taking appropriate standardized tests. See accepted standardized tests and minimum required scores »

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