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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 of 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).CCNE Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at King University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The School of Nursing programs are fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, and are a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The DNP program consists of:

  • 36 prescribed semester credit hours
  • 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.


Part time DNP Nursing Faculty

Nursing Coursework

To view all required courses for a DNP click here.

For DNP course descriptions click here. 

To view the DNP Student Handbook click here.

To view the DNP fact sheet click here.

Laptop Requirement

The DNP program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.


Hybrid: Online and 3 onsite Colloquia at Knoxville

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