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


The D.N.P. 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, and 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. The program offers both clinical and leadership tracks.

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. 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.

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 scholarly project presentation).

  1. Minimum Credit Hours (42 hrs.)
    1. Required Courses - 36 hrs.
    2. Electives - Per student preference.
    3. Scholarly Project - 6 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. The DNP Scholarly Project is the culmination of all coursework. Students are not deemed complete in degree requirements until all requirements of the DNP Scholarly Project has been satisfactorily completed.
    2. 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. A scholarly project related to implementation of evidence-based practice and contributing to nursing practice will be required. Students must enroll for scholarly hours during each long semester while in the scholarly project process. A minimum of 6 hours of scholarly project credit is required.
    4. Students must meet all doctoral degree requirements of the University.
  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

Summer (1)

NURS 6341Scholarship of Writing for the PhD and DNP


NURS 6301Introduction to DNP Role & Culture

NURS 6326Advanced Epidemiology


NURS 6312Theory Construction and Evaluation

NURS 6315Evidence-based Practice I

Summer (2)

NURS 6358Population Health Within a Context of Culture

Year 2


NURS 6317Evidence Based Practice II

NURS 6303Healthcare Informatics


NURS 6331Organizational Leadership and Culture

NURS 6371Advanced Leadership I


NURS 6381Advanced Clinical Practice I

Year 3


NURS 6352Health Care Policy Development

NURS 6373Advanced Leadership II


NURS 6383Advanced Clinical Practice II


NURS 6375Leadership Scholarly Synthesis I


NURS 6385Practice Scholarly Synthesis I

NURS 6377  Leadership Scholarly Synthesis II
NURS 6387  Clinical Practice Scholarly Synthesis II