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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares graduates for practice-based leadership and to combat the shortage of advanced practice providers. Building upon the experiences and education already held as professional nurses, the DNP program supports students in effectively analyzing and evaluating the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of patient care and systems of care.

This part-time clinical doctoral degree program equips advanced practice registered nurses to serve in advanced roles as practice-oriented scientists. With courses delivered asynchronously online across 7 semesters, graduates will develop skills supporting the translation of evidence into clinical practice, the measurement of patient outcomes and the transformation of health care systems to ensure quality and safety.

Students who relocate to another state during the course of their enrollment may be unable to continue due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose regarding use of preceptors.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Curriculum

Semester Curriculum Hours

Fall

NURS 725 Theoretical Foundations of Healthcare

NURS 728 Organizational & Systems Leadership

NURS 739 Residency in Advanced Nursing Practice

3

3

1

Spring

NURS 734 Healthcare Policy & Economics

NURS 732 Transformational Leadership

NURS 739 Residency in Advanced Nursing Practice

3

3

1

Summer

NURS 733 Clinical Prevention & Population Outcome Improvement

NURS 739 Residency in Advanced Nursing Practice

3

1

Fall

NURS 729 Analytic Methods for Research & Evidence-based Practice

NURS 726 Principles of Translational Science

NURS 735 DNP Scholarly Project/Practicum I

3

3

2

Spring

NURS 731 Quality & Outcome Improvement in Healthcare

NURS 736 DNP Scholarly Project/Practium II

3

2

Summer

NURS 727 Application of Translational Science

NURS 737 DNP Scholarly Project/Practium III

3

2

Fall

NURS 730 Informatics

NURS 738 DNP Practicum IV

3

2

 

TOTAL

41*

 *38 credit hour base degree program for APRN-certified with 500 documented practice hours. 39 to 41 credit hour base for all other students.

Cost of Attendance

For cost of attendance including estimated cost of tuition & fees, books & supplies, housing, etc., please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.

Application Deadlines

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares graduates for practice-based leadership and to combat the shortage of advanced practice providers through completion of a 38- to 41-hour curriculum. The credit hours completed are based on certification held and practice hours already completed at the time of entry. The course instruction is delivered asynchronously online across 7 semesters allowing students to balance career, family and other responsibilities while advancing their education.

Students who relocate to another state during the course of their enrollment may be unable to continue due to the regulations which many state boards of nursing impose regarding use of preceptors.

For questions, contact the College of Nursing Office of Admissions at 979-436-0110 or con-admissions@tamu.edu.

 

Application Opening Date November 1
Application Deadline February 1
Mandatory Orientation To be determined
First Class Day August (fall term)
 
If you have not received an admission decision through Nursing CAS by April 1 for fall admission, call (979) 436-0110 and ask to speak with an admissions advisor to check on the status of your application.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the college is competitive and applicants are evaluated on the following basis:

  • Completion of elementary statistics with a minimum grade of "B" by the first class day
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA on all graduate coursework
  • Graduate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC nationally accredited program
  • Unencumbered RN license and verification of practice hours
  • Timed verbal responses and written assessments
  • A statement of purpose relating to applicant’s practice interest, career goals and desire to pursue DNP
  • Verification of practice hours completed with up to 500 accepted
  • Curriculum Vitae or professional resume
  • References - three academic and/or professional references
  • Volunteer, community, military service
  • Leadership, involvement, awards in professional activities
  • TOEFL score, required of international applicants only
  • History of withdrawals, repeats or failures will place applicant at a disadvantage

Application Requirements

  1. Graduate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC nationally accredited program and unencumbered RN license.
  2. NursingCAS application and nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Official college transcripts from each institution attended sent to NursingCAS. This includes Texas A&M University, if applicable.
  4. Completion of elementary statistics with a minimum grade of “B” by the first class day.
  5. Timed verbal responses and written assessments. Eligible applicants will be sent invitations to complete this portion following review of their NursingCAS application.
  6. A statement of purpose relating to applicant’s practice interest, career goals and desire to pursue DNP (submitted in NursingCAS).
  7. Three professional reference evaluations (submitted in NursingCAS).
  8. Curriculum Vitae or professional resume (submitted in NursingCAS).
  9. Verification of practice hours completed.
  10. A 3.0 Cumulative GPA on all graduate coursework.
  11. International applicant credentials (if applicable).

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Interested students are invited to attend a Prospective Student Information Session (PSIS) to learn more about our programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). These sessions will provide details on admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, student life, clinical experiences and other opportunities. Students are required to attend a PSIS prior to requesting an individual appointment.

  • Reservations are required to attend a session
  • Guests of registered attendees are welcome
  • Sessions last approximately an hour to an hour-and-a-half