The School of Nursing’s doctorate of nurse practice program has been ranked among the best in the country.

In a list of the Top 50 DNP programs in the U.S., UTC’s is No. 40, according to, an online educational website to help students from high school to college to their careers.

“We evaluated hundreds of DNP schools for this list and selected the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga based on academic and career resources for DNP students, the quality of education, faculty and more,” said.

Bernadette Deprez, coordinator of the DNP program, says being recognized “as a top 40 DNP school for affordability, accessibility, quality and value is an honor and signifies the commitment of the UTC School of Nursing and dedicated DNP faculty to assist students meet their personal education goals.

“The UTC DNP program strives for excellence by providing a curriculum with practical practice application of evidence-based healthcare solutions,” she says. “Faculty work one-on-one with busy health-care leaders to meet their individual learning objectives in an online environment.

The program began in 2010 and graduated its first class in 2012. Most doctoral programs are research-focused, but a DNP trains students already working as nurses in clinical practice and also those in nursing leadership and management. Students who earn a DNP are qualified to teach future clinicians and leaders in the profession.

In 2018, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education granted the program accreditation that lasts until June 30, 2028.

For more information about the UTC DNP program, go to:




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