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Degree Programs

The College of Graduate Health Sciences has ten programs leading to Ph.D. and Masters degrees:

In addition to the Ph.D. degree, the College has combined degree programs with other colleges:

Au.D./Ph.D.

The Au.D./Ph.D. program provides highly motivated and qualified students with an integrated advanced clinical and research program of study leading to the dual degree. This program combines the existing Au.D. program offered in the College of Health Professions with the Ph.D. programs offered in the College of Graduate Health Sciences. The curriculum for each student is dependent upon their level of preparation and Ph.D. discipline, and generally will involve initiating their research projects and course of study during their training in Audiology. As a result, the total time to graduation varies and depends on the student's background and research progress, but will typically be seven to eight years. Students must be accepted into the College of Health Professions prior to being considered for admission to the Au.D./Ph.D. program.

D.D.S./Ph.D.

The D.D.S./Ph.D. program provides highly motivated and qualified students with an integrated advanced clinical and research program of study leading to the dual degree. This program combines the existing D.D.S. program offered in the College of Dentistry with the Ph.D. programs offered in the College of Graduate Health Sciences. The curriculum for each student is dependent upon their level of preparation and Ph.D. discipline, and generally will involve initiating their research projects during their four-year curriculum in Dentistry. As a result, the total time to graduation varies and depends on the student's background and research progress, but will typically be seven to eight years (as opposed to 10 years for each program independently). Students must be accepted into the College of Dentistry prior to being considered for admission to the D.D.S./Ph.D. program.

D.N.P./Ph.D.

The D.N.P./Ph.D. program provides highly motivated and qualified students with an integrated advanced clinical and research program of study leading to the dual degree. This program combines the existing D.N.P. and Ph.D. nursing programs, which are based in the College of Nursing and College of Graduate Health Sciences, respectively. Unlike the traditional D.N.P. program, the first three and final two semesters of the D.N.P./Ph.D. program focus on developing students' ability to conduct clinical research. Thus, students do not enroll in clinical specialty courses until the fourth term of the program. The total time to graduation varies and depends on the student's background. Students must be accepted into the College of Nursing to be considered for admission to the D.N.P./Ph.D. program.

M.D./Ph.D.

Students who are interested in obtaining an M.D./Ph.D. degree while attending Medical School at the University of Tennessee need apply only to the College of Medicine. Once admitted, students who desire to pursue both degrees need to contact the graduate program or the research faculty whom they want as their research advisor. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs of the College of Graduate Health Sciences will assist students in identifying appropriate programs and faculty. Once a student has identified a faculty advisor who is willing to have the student work on the doctoral dissertation within that laboratory, the student needs to obtain the approval only of the graduate program to enter the Ph.D. phase of the dual degree program. As a medical student, no formal application to the College of Graduate Health Sciences is required. Students do not need to submit GRE scores.

Since this is an informal program, there is not financial support during the M.D. phase of the program, but the student receives the normal stipend and tuition wavier in the College of Graduate Health Sciences upon entering the Ph.D. phase. Normally, students complete the first 2 years of medical school including taking Step 1, USMLE. After completing the M-2 year (April), they enter the Ph.D. phase of the program for 2 to 3 years. Once they have established their dissertation project, been admitted to candidacy, completed a substantial portion of the dissertation work, and obtained approval of their faculty committee, they reenter Medical School by starting their clinical rotations. Although it is possible to complete both degrees within 6 years, a more realistic time frame is 7 years--3.5 years in the Ph.D. phase and 3.5 years in the medical phase. The slightly shortened medical phase reflects the use of medical electives to help students complete their dissertations.

Pharm.D./Ph.D.

The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy has developed a unique dual-degree (Pharm.D./Ph.D.) program for carefully selected, highly qualified students. This program combines the existing Pharm.D. and Ph.D. programs currently based in the College of Pharmacy and the College of Graduate Health Sciences, respectively. Students who are accepted into the program may choose to emphasize either Health Outcomes and Policy Research , Medicinal Chemistry, or Pharmaceutics. The program is designed to reduce the time normally required for a student to complete both degrees and to provide a stimulus for pharmacy students to enroll in the Ph.D. program.

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