The University of Tennessee Health Science CenterDr. Carter obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, and his DNSc degree from Boston University. He holds certification as a diplomate of comprehensive care, family nurse practitioner, and geriatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Carter is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Carter has held various clinical, administrative, and academic positions. From 1982 until 2000, he served as dean and professor at the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he is currently a University Distinguished Professor. He is a family nurse practitioner for the Christian Health Center, Southridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Southridge Village Retirement Center (medical director) in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Dr. Carter teaches courses in philosophy of science, pathology, professional role development, and leadership and health policy.