DNP Deadlines & Dates
The UTMB Health Online Application, fee, and official transcripts must be received by the deadline listed for each admission cycle.
Fall 2014 Admission
Applications accepted November 15, 2013 through March 1, 2014
Semester begins August 2014
Fall 2015 Admission
Applications accepted October 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014
Semester begins August 2015
DNP Program FAQ's
The DNP is a terminal degree in nursing focused on practice. The PhD emphasizes fundamental research. In the DNP program, students complete a scholarly practice project, a form of inquiry that results in improved patient outcomes and transformations in health care.
Yes. All of the courses are taught online.
Students are only required to come to campus once a semester for 2-3 days for on-campus seminars and classes and meetings with faculty and fellow students.
We only accept students to begin their studies in the Fall semester.
Most students work full- or part-time. The program is part-time typically offering 2 courses each semester. Students should recognize that working and going to school is challenging, especially when balanced with other commitments such as a family. Students are encouraged to plan in advance for how to best balance personal and work demands with the need for reading, study, and completing course assignments.
Students take two clinical practicum courses. Each course requires 180 hours of clinical practice. However, the clinical practice is different from typical MSN-level nurse practitioner clinical. In the DNP program students are looking at populations and systems rather than individuals. In addition, students are encouraged to spend clinical time with experts in various fields such as health policy, leadership, informatics, and practice management.
Students in Texas must complete a minimum of 500 hours of clinical practice in the DNP program. In the UTMB program, 360 hours are divided between the two clinical practicum courses (180 hours in each course) and the remainder of the hours may be completed as part of the Scholarly Practice Project.
The Scholarly Practice Project (sometimes referred to as a capstone project) is the culminating work in the DNP program. Students synthesize the skills gained in other courses to identify a clinical problem or need and develop an evidence-based approach to address this need or problem. The project must be practice based, address the need(s) of a vulnerable population, and should result in a change or improvement in practice.
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