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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, DNP ETSU-TTU (Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Don Rice; ricedb@etsu.edu; 423-439-6158

Dr. Myra Clark, PhD, FNP-C, ETSU Director of Graduate Programs

207 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Box 70629
(423) 439-5626
e-mail: clarkml2@etsu.edu

Dr. Nancy Cameron, DNP, ETSU-TTU Graduate Co-Coordinator
210 Roy S. Nicks Hall
Box 70617
(423) 439-4874
e-mail: cameronng@etsu.edu


Sally S. Blowers;  Nancy Cameron; Myra Clark; Charles Cooley; Sandy Diffenderfer; Janne Dunham-Taylor; Masoud Ghaffari; Lee Glenn; Lisa Haddad; Christine Hall; Patricia A. Hayes; Jean Hemphill; Janice Lazear; Sharon Loury; Jo-Ann S. Marrs; Christine Mullins; Wendy Nehring; Carolyn Merriman; Lisa Ousley; Kenneth Phillips; Judith Rice; Teresa Stephens; Patricia Vanhook; Florence Weierbach.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers a terminal professional degree for those who wish to pursue or further their career as an advanced practice nurse focusing on healthcare needs of specific populations. The College of Nursing currently offers four concentrations within the degree: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

The focus of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration is patient centered quality care including common and acute illnesses while emphasizing quality of care and health outcomes. The patient population for this concentration is across the lifespan. Graduates will be eligible for the Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification examination. The Family Nurse Practitioner works in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. Graduates are prepared for employment in varied healthcare settings.

Application deadline are as follows:

Target dates for applications (dates for all materials to be received by the School of Graduate Studies) are:

Fall Admission                   April 15

Spring Admission              October 15

Admission Requirements:

Admission requirements for the joint DNP program are as follows:

  • a completed application with payment of nonrefundable application fee;
  • official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • a written essay.

There are different levels of admission depending upon prior credentials of applicants and whether or not they hold a BSN, MSN, or a BSN and a master’s in another discipline. Additional requirements for admission to the DNP program include:

  1. BSN-DNP applicants:
    1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing is required;
    2. For international applicants, a bachelor’s degree in nursing or equivalency (for BSN to DNP applicants), or a non-nursing master’s degree or equivalency  (for MSN to DNP applicants) from a nationally accredited nursing program or comparably recognized non-U.S. institution, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale;
  2. MSN-DNP applicants (4 options)
    1. Certification in the selected nursing specialty for the concentration.
      For example: Certified FNP for FNP concentration, Certified WHNP in the WHNP concentration, etc.;
    2. Master’s in Nursing in a specialty different than the intended concentrations (WHNP, PNP, ACNP, PMHNP, FNP, Executive Leadership) will require a longer program of study adapted to the previous Master’s specialty and nursing experience;
    3. Non-nursing master’s with a BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program will require a longer program of study adapted to the previous Master’s specialty and nursing experience;
    4. For the MSN-DNP, Master’s in Nursing with advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) certification (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife, or Nurse Anesthetist) or master’s level nursing administration/ healthcare systems leadership concentration;
    5. NOTE:  All four MSN options for the Executive Leadership in Nursing concentration require at least one year of experience in a nursing administration role.
  3. All applicants with a cumulative GPA less than 3.2 as reported by their BSN or MSN institution will be required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
  4. Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Tennessee or equivalency for international students;
  5. All applicants are required to have at least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in nursing as a registered nurse;
  6. 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;
  7. All applicants will participate in an interview;
  8. All applicants will be required to complete a writing sample at the time of the interview describing a problem  the applicant has identified in practice that the applicant might explore in the DNP program;
  9. All applicants must submit a cover letter expressing the applicant’s personal goals for doctoral study; and
  10. All applicants must submit a current resume or vita.

The completed application form and fee, official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, essay, documentation of nursing licensure in the United States, MSN certification(where applicable), letters of recommendation and resume or vita must be submitted to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies or the TTU Graduate College, depending upon the applicant’s choice. International students must also forward the additionally required documentation to the appropriate school.

The personal interview and time for completing the writing sample will be scheduled by the Joint DNP Admissions Committee.   Factors given consideration in the admission decision include: previous grade point average (GPA), clarity of the applicant’s selected problem as stated in the writing sample and during the interview, writing ability, professional work experience and achievements, professional honors and awards, interest in rural and underserved population groups, and quality of references/recommendations. The Joint DNP Admissions Committee may recommend admission of a promising applicant who has not met all the admission standards on a conditional basis.

Student Retention and Progression Criteria

Required GPA

The DNP graduate student, to remain in good standing, must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better on all graduate work attempted.  In order to graduate, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and on the program of study.

Nursing Requirement

Credit toward a degree objective will be granted for any graduate course in which a grade of A, B, or S is assigned; however, not more than three (3) hours of credit below a B grade is allowed.

If a student’s grade is lower than “B,” s/he may repeat a course. However, no more than one required course may be repeated. In repeating a course the previous grade as well as the grade earned from the repeated course will be calculated into the subsequent GPA. Students will be dismissed from the program if they do not meet the requirements in this policy.

Incomplete (I) Grade

An incomplete grade (“I”) indicates that the student was passing the course at the end of the semester, but due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, was unable to complete the course work for which the “I” is assigned. The “I” grade cannot be used to allow a student to do additional work to raise a deficient grade or to repeat a course. An “I” grade must be removed no later than one calendar year from the time the grade is awarded. Time extension requests for removal of an “I” grade must be submitted by the instructor of record to (and approved by) the home school’s graduate school Dean before the allotted time expires. An “I” grade not completed within the one year time frame will be converted to an “F.”

Academic Probation: Unsatisfactory Performance

When the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the graduate student will be placed on academic probation for the following semester.  If the student does not achieve a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of one probationary semester, his/her home school’s Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and appropriate college/departmental/program officials will determine whether the student should be dismissed from graduate study or continued on probation.  No students will be allowed more than two probationary semesters, whether consecutive or cumulative. At the end of the second probationary semester a student whose cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 will be dismissed from graduate study. Students whose performance results in a GPA so far below 3.0 as to make it mathematically impossible to attain an average GPA of 3.0 after one semester may be subject to dismissal without a probationary term.


If the student does not achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the conclusion of one probationary semester, the ETSU or TTU Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and appropriate college/departmental/program officials will determine whether the student should be dismissed from graduate study or continued on probation.  At the end of the second probationary semester a student whose cumulative GPA is still below 3.0 will be dismissed from graduate study. A student will also be dismissed from graduate study if they receive a second grade below “B.”


Core Credits: 28

Concentration Credits: 12

Total Credits: 40

Practica Hours: 500

Core Content MSN-DNP: 28 Credit Hours

All students must take a graduate level Biostatistics (eg. BSTA 5310 Biostatistics I) or an equivalent prior to entering DNP course work and these hours will NOT count toward the degree.


Core Credits: 45

Concentration Credits: 38

Total Credits: 83

Practica Hours: 1000

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