Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


The DNP prepares nurse leaders as healthcare change agents to: 

  1. Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of initiatives for best practices; 
  2. Analyze policy, care delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs of patients and populations; 
  3. Integrate health care informatics and evidence-based approaches in scholarship to critically evaluate, design and implement quality health care services for individuals, populations, and systems 
  4. Translate scientific, theoretical, ethical, and cultural principles into health care for individuals, families, and populations, 
  5. Assume interdisciplinary leadership roles to advance health care delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations and 
  6. Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care.

Students elect a clinical or leadership (administration, education, and informatics) focus for their program of study.

Admission Requirements 

  1. A master's degree from a college or university approved by a recognized regional accrediting body.
  2. A current license to practice professional nursing.
  3. International students must meet the standards for proficiency in English described in the International Graduate Student Admissions section of this catalog.
  4. A 3-5 page paper linking professional goals to an evidence-based approach to healthcare issues emphasized in this program.
  5. Submit a 5-10 minute video describing why the applicant wants to pursue a DNP degree, how it will be of benefit professionally, and how the applicant envisions impacting nursing.
  6. Three academic and/or professional letters of reference.

Consideration for admission to the DNP program will also be given to one or more of the following: the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community, service, and family responsibilities.

Students may be admitted provisionally to this program. Refer to the Provisional Admission section: link 

Degree Requirements

This degree program is delivered online. Students are required to attend a summer orientation on the UT Tyler campus prior to beginning coursework and an annual summer workshop. Students may be required to be present for other activities throughout their program of study (e.g. clinical, on-campus intensives, DNP Project presentation).

  1. Minimum Credit Hours (39 hrs.)
    1. Required Courses - 39 hrs.
  2. Special degree requirements (for details on university doctoral requirements, see the general graduate section of this catalog and the Graduate Nursing Handbook available on the School of Nursing Graduate Programs website)
    1. A minimum grade of “B” is necessary in all required courses for the DNP degree. Two course failures (i.e. grade < B) will result in dismissal from the program.
    2. Nursing courses within the DNP curriculum may be repeated only once.  A course withdrawal is counted as one course attempt.  Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.
    3. A DNP Project related to implementation of evidence-based practice and contributing to nursing practice will be required. 
    4. The DNP Scholarly Project, embedded within NURS 6375, is the culmination of all coursework. Students are not deemed complete in degree requirements until all requirements of the DNP Scholarly Project have been satisfactorily completed. 
    5. Students have a maximum of seven years to complete the program. Students unable to complete the program within the designated time limits must file for an extension.
  3. Transfer work: Students may transfer up to nine hours of coursework with the approval of their advisor and the DNP Program Director. Students will be responsible for providing necessary documentation of course equivalency.

Below is a typical outline of program progression for a part-time student.

Year 1

NURS 6301Introduction to DNP Role and Culture

NURS 6326Advanced Epidemiology

NURS 6312Theory Construction and Evaluation

NURS 6315Evidence-based Practice I

NURS 6358Population Health Within a Context of Culture

Year 2

NURS 6317Evidence Based Practice II

NURS 6371Advanced Leadership I

NURS 6303Healthcare Informatics

NURS 6373Advanced Leadership II

NURS 6343Publishing Scholarly Papers

Year 3

NURS 6331Organizational Leadership and Culture

NURS 6375Leadership Scholarly Synthesis I

NURS 6377Leadership Scholarly Synthesis II