Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to those general requirements, the College of Nursing requires the following for admission to the D.N.P. program:

  1. Master’s degree with a major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body.
  2. APRN certification (nationally accredited) or eligibility to be recognized as an APRN in Texas.
  3. Course in research at the graduate level.
  4. Current unencumbered US RN and APRN license.
  5. Certification as an APRN by a nationally recognized accrediting body
  6. Curriculum vita or resume.
  7. Two letters of recommendation.
  8. Essay discussing professional goals.
  9. GRE or MAT scores.

In order to be considered for admission, please use the following application deadlines. These are the deadlines for all materials to be submitted including the application, all transcripts, reference letters, CV, and essay discussing professional goals.

Semester for Admission Submit application no later than
FallMay 1
SpringSeptember 15

Admission to the DNP program may be awarded on an unconditional or provisional basis.

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on all prior graduate level course work and
  2. A preferred score of 460 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and 500 on the GRE Quantitative if taken prior to 8/1/11; A preferred score of 142 on the GRE Verbal, 142 on the GRE Quantitative, and 4.0 on the GRE Analytic if taken after 8/1/11; or
  3. A preferred score of 50 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) prior to 10/1/04. Preferred score of 400 after 10/1/04.

Applicants who do not meet the unconditional criteria, but who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on prior graduate level course work may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. Factors that will be considered in the admission decision are GPA on graduate level course work, GRE verbal and quantitative scores or MAT score, scholarly activities, professional leadership, and work history.

General Requirements

Clinical Course Requirements

Prior to enrollment in any clinical nursing course each D.N.P. student must show proof of:

  • Professional liability insurance provided through a TWU student liability group policy.
  • Current professional licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas, unencumbered.
  • Recognition as an APRN in Texas.
  • Current immunizations as required by Texas Law.
  • Prior to enrollment in the clinical residency courses, the D.N.P. student must have completed at least 1 year of full-time experience as an APRN.

Students will be required to meet clinical agency requirements such as drug testing and criminal background screening.

Special Requirements

  1. Grade of B or better is required in all courses. A student who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, F, or WF) in two nursing courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, F, or WF) in the same graduate level course will be removed from the nursing program. For the purpose of removal from the nursing program, a grade of less than B is counted as a grade of less than B even if the course has been successfully repeated.
  2. Students admitted to the doctoral program provisionally, based on low GPA or GRE/MAT, must complete the first 12 semester credit hours of coursework with a grade of B or better in each course; at least 6 semester credit hours must be in nursing courses. A provisionally admitted student will be dismissed from the program if a grade of C or lower is made in any course during the probationary period.

Clinical Residency

500 contact hours in the selected area(s) of clinical expertise.

Capstone Project

Written analysis of a clinical problem or issue based on current scientific evidence, informatics, and technological advances. The project is not a research project; the project is an evidence-based solution to a clinical problem, or quality improvement of a current clinical problem.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program of Study (46 semester credit hours)

Required Courses
NURS 6023Philosophy of Nursing Science3
NURS 6033Ethical Dimensions of Nursing3
NURS 6043Policy, Power, and Politics3
NURS 6163Health Outcomes: Measurement, Management, and Analysis3
NURS 6313Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Population Health, and Research in Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 6323Informatics and Research in Nursing3
NURS 6613Introduction to Clinical Investigation in Nursing3
BIOL 6843Health Care Genetics3
NURS 6903Special Topics3
NURS 6035DNP Practicum I5
NURS 6045DNP Practicum II5
NURS 6303Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project3
LS 5533Internet Research for Non-Library Science Majors3
Nursing Elective3
Total Semester Credit Hours46