Doctor of Nursing Practice

BSN to DNP Pathway

First and only nurse practitioner program in Texas to offer a dual FNP-AGACNP track!

The mission of the University of Texas Medical Branch Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is to prepare nurses to participate in the transformation of health care with an emphasis on improving access to quality care and health equity for diverse populations.

First and only nurse practitioner program in Texas to offer a dual FNP-AGACNP track

Flexible online program with a classroom feel that accommodates working nurses

Prepares nurses to participate in the transformation of health care

Emphasizes improving access to quality care and health equity for diverse populations

Nationally recognized faculty that provide a student-centered education

High-quality education at an affordable cost

Licensure Requirements

Required: Current (active), valid, unencumbered license or multi-state privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the state(s) in which the student participates in any clinical learning experiences.

Degree Requirements

Required: Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) from a program accredited by the National Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

GPA Requirements

Required: A minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and for all upper division coursework.

Required Application Documents

Required: A resume; all official transcripts; a personal statement in Nursing CAS; and three (3) references including one (1) professional, one (1) academic, and one (1) from your current clinical manager or other authority speaking on your commitment to discovery of new knowledge, your current knowledge in a clinical area, and your dedication to the profession.

Work Experience

Required: A minimum of one (1) year of recent experience as a registered nurse at time of application.

Interview

Required: A personal interview with faculty.

Available Certification Tracks

(Select a certification track option)

  • 12

    Semesters

    24

    Courses


    • 1

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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    • 2

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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    • 3

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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    • 4

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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    • 5

       Semester

      2 Courses (5 Hours)

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    • 6

       Semester

      3 Courses (7 Hours)

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    • 7

       Semester

      2 Courses (9 Hours)

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    • 8

       Semester

      2 Courses (9 Hours)

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    • 9

       Semester

      2 Courses (8 Hours)

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    • 10

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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    • 11

       Semester

      2 Courses (5 Hours)

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    • 12

       Semester

      1 Course (3 Hours)

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      Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

      BSN-DNP Pathway - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track

      • Semester 1
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6327 Advanced Nursing Leadership 3
        GDNP 63XX00 Professional Writing 3
        Semester 2
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6303 Data Analysis & Evaluation 3
        GDNP 6325 Health Care Policy 3
        Semester 3
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6302 Population Health 3
        GDNP 6359 Economics & Business 3
        Semester 4
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6337 Informatics 3
        GDNP 63XX01 Pathophysiology 3
        Semester 5
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 62XX00 Diagnostic Reasoning 2
        GDNP 63XX02 Advanced Health Assessment 3
        Semester 6
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6362 Quality Improvement 3
        GDNP 63XX03 Pharmacology 3
        GDNP 61XX00 Project Planning 1
        Semester 7
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 66XX00 Primary Care of Adults 6
        GDNP 6335 Translational Methods 3
        Semester 8
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 66XX01 FNP: Pedi 6
        GDNP 63XX04 System Thinking I 3
        Semester 9
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 66XX02 FNP: Chronic/Gero 6
        GDNP 62XX01 System Thinking II 2
        Semester 10
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 63XX05 FNP Role Practicum 3
        GDNP 63XX06 System Thinking III 3
        Semester 11
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 63XX07 Topics in Clinical Practice 3
        GDNP 62XX02 System Thinking IV 2
        Semester 12
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 63XX08 Practice and Leadership Integration 3
    • 12

      Semesters

      24

      Courses


      • 1

         Semester

        2 Courses (6 Hours)

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      • 2

         Semester

        2 Courses (6 Hours)

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      • 3

         Semester

        2 Courses (6 Hours)

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      • 4

         Semester

        2 Courses (6 Hours)

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      • 5

         Semester

        2 Courses (5 Hours)

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      • 6

         Semester

        3 Courses (7 Hours)

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      • 7

         Semester

        2 Courses (9 Hours)

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      • 8

         Semester

        2 Courses (9 Hours)

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      • 9

         Semester

        2 Courses (8 Hours)

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      • 10

         Semester

        2 Courses (6 Hours)

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      • 11

         Semester

        2 Courses (5 Hours)

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      • 12

         Semester

        1 Course (3 Hours)

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        Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

        BSN-DNP Pathway - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Track

        • Semester 1
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 6327 Advanced Nursing Leadership 3
          GDNP 63XX00 Professional Writing 3
          Semester 2
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 6303 Data Analysis & Evaluation 3
          GDNP 6325 Health Care Policy 3
          Semester 3
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 6302 Population Health 3
          GDNP 6359 Economics & Business 3
          Semester 4
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 6337 Informatics 3
          GDNP 63XX01 Pathophysiology 3
          Semester 5
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 62XX04 Diagnostic Reasoning 2
          GDNP 63XX02 Advanced Health Assessment 3
          Semester 6
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 6362 Quality Improvement 3
          GDNP 63XX03 Pharmacology 3
          GDNP 61XX00 Project Planning 1
          Semester 7
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 66XX00 Primary Care of Adults 6
          GDNP 6335 Translational Methods 3
          Semester 8
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 66XX03 AGACNP: Episodic & Acute 6
          GDNP 63XX04 System Thinking I 3
          Semester 9
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 66XX04 AGACNP: Complex/Critical 6
          GDNP 62XX01 System Thinking II 2
          Semester 10
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 63XX09 AGACNP Role Practicum 3
          GDNP 63XX06 System Thinking III 3
          Semester 11
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 63XX07 Topics in Clinical Practice 3
          GDNP 62XX02 System Thinking IV 2
          Semester 12
          Course Number Course Name Hours
          GDNP 63XX08 Practice and Leadership Integration 3
      • 13

        Semesters

        26

        Courses


        • 1

           Semester

          2 Courses (6 Hours)

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        • 2

           Semester

          2 Courses (6 Hours)

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        • 3

           Semester

          2 Courses (6 Hours)

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        • 4

           Semester

          2 Courses (6 Hours)

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        • 5

           Semester

          2 Courses (5 Hours)

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        • 6

           Semester

          3 Courses (7 Hours)

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        • 7

           Semester

          2 Courses (9 Hours)

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        • 8

           Semester

          2 Courses (9 Hours)

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        • 9

           Semester

          2 Courses (8 Hours)

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        • 10

           Semester

          2 Courses (6 Hours)

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        • 11

           Semester

          2 Courses (8 Hours)

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        • 12

           Semester

          1 Course (6 Hours)

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        • 13

           Semester

          2 Courses (6 Hours)

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          Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

          BSN-DNP Pathway - Dual Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) & Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Track

          • Semester 1
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 6327 Advanced Nursing Leadership 3
            GDNP 63XX00 Professional Writing 3
            Semester 2
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 6303 Data Analysis & Evaluation 3
            GDNP 6325 Health Care Policy 3
            Semester 3
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 6302 Population Health 3
            GDNP 6359 Economics & Business 3
            Semester 4
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 6337 Informatics 3
            GDNP 63XX01 Pathophysiology 3
            Semester 5
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 62XX00 Diagnostic Reasoning 2
            GDNP 63XX02 Advanced Health Assessment 3
            Semester 6
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 6362 Quality Improvement 3
            GDNP 63XX03 Pharmacology 3
            GDNP 61XX00 Project Planning 1
            Semester 7
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 66XX00 Primary Care of Adults 6
            GDNP 6335 Translational Methods 3
            Semester 8
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 66XX01 FNP: Pedi 6
            GDNP 63XX04 System Thinking I 3
            Semester 9
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 66XX02 FNP: Chronic/Gero 6
            GDNP 62XX01 System Thinking II 2
            Semester 10
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 63XX10 Primary Care Role Practicum 3
            GDNP 63XX06 System Thinking III 3
            Semester 11
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 66XX03 AGACNP: Episodic & Acute 6
            GDNP 62XX02 System Thinking IV 2
            Semester 12
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 66XX04 AGACNP: Complex/Critical 6
            Semester 13
            Course Number Course Name Hours
            GDNP 63XX11 Acute Care Role Practicum 3
            GDNP 63XX08 Practice and Leadership Integration 3

        Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Highlights

        Our Mission

        Our mission is to prepare nurses to participate in the transformation of health care with an emphasis on improving access to quality care and health equity for diverse populations.

        Our Faculty

        Our DNP faculty are nationally recognized and prepared to offer you a student-centered education.

        Flexibility

        Our flexible online curriculum & coursework accommodates you as a working nurse.

        Classroom Feel

        Small class sizes provide an intimate feel to your online experience. A highly interactive peer group adds depth to your learning through shared ideas & collaboration..

        Value

        Our DNP program offers a high-quality education at an affordable cost for a doctoral level program.

        Clinical Practice & Scholarly Project

        Clinical practice experiences are based on your individual educational & practice interests and selected pathway. Faculty advisors are assigned to assist you in the design & implementation of your scholarly practice project.

         Frequent Questions

            • What information will the School of Nursing consider when reviewing files for admission?

              The school takes a holistic view in reviewing applications. Areas reviewed include discussion of health-related experience, relevant work/volunteer experience, personal experiences that may have affected grades (please explain any interruptions in education), personal strengths and weaknesses, rationale for choice of profession & long term goals, and any other relevant information you feel the admissions committee should know.


            • Do former UTMB students have to submit transcripts to NursingCAS?

              No. If you are an alumni of UTMB you do not have to submit your transcripts. You will still have to log into NursingCAS, submit all other required documents, and after you submit your application, email Burgandy DeLeon at bndeleon@utmb.edu and let her know that you have submitted your application and you are an alumni. We will attach your transcripts to your application for you. If you have attended another university after you attended UTMB, then you will have to follow the previous instructions and submit only the transcript of the school attended after UTMB.


            • How do I request credit for nursing courses taken at another school?

              Graduate students may transfer up to twelve (12) credit hours. After you are admitted to the UTMB School of Nursing, you may submit a petition to the Graduate Program Director for a transfer of credits. Email Burgandy DeLeon at bndeleon@utmb.edu and inform her that you have courses that you would like to receive credit for and she will email you the necessary form with instructions on how to submit your petition for credit. After your petition is reviewed, you will be notified which courses are approved or denied for transfer credit.


            • I live outside of the United States of America. May I attend UTMB DNP program?

              Since the DNP program is online, this program does not meet the requirements for students who have VISAs for educational purposes and are required to enroll in courses offered on campus.


            • Can I transfer to UTMB School of Nursing if I have a degree from another country?

              Applicants with international credits must submit an official course-by-course credentialing report to NursingCAS using one UTMB's required Credentialing Services. Please click here to see the Credentialing services approved by UTMB.

            • Does UTMB School of Nursing offer accredited Programs?

              Yes. The graduate programs are approved by the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). UTMB is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


            • What is the difference between a DNP degree and a PhD degree?

              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.


            • Is the program online?

              Yes. All the courses are taught online.


            • How often will I be required to come to campus?

              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.


            • How long will it take to complete the program?

              The single certification tracks (FNP and AGANCP) are 12 semesters in length. The dual FNP & AGACNP certification track is 13 semesters in length.


            • Can I work while attending the DNP program?

              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 for how to best balance personal and work demands with the need for reading, study, and completing course assignments.


            • How many clinical hours do I need to complete?

              The single certification tracks (FNP and AGACNP) each require 1020 clinical hours. The dual FNP/AGACNP track requires 1380 clinical hours.


            • What is 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.


            • How many admission start dates are available per year?

              UTMB graduate programs have one admission per year, each Fall.

          UTMB's DNP Mission Statement

          The mission of the University of Texas Medical Branch Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is to prepare advanced practice nurse leaders who will transform the health care system with an emphasis on improving access to quality of care and reducing health disparities.

          Objectives of the DNP Program

          • Integrate nursing science and theory with scientific and theoretical knowledge from other disciplines as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
          • Develop and evaluate culturally appropriate and effective approaches to health care delivery that meet current and future health care needs.
          • Use information technology and ethical research methods to improve practice and the practice environment.
          • Demonstrate knowledge of standards and principles for selecting and evaluating information systems, patient care technology, and related ethical, regulatory, and legal issues.
          • Analyze health care policy and function as an advocate for the nursing profession.
          • Communicate and collaborate effectively to function as a leader in interprofessional teams.
          • Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, and/or environmental data in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of clinical prevention and population health.
          • Demonstrate the foundational practice competencies required for DNP practice

          Contact Us

          Burgandy DeLeon | SON Student Affairs & Admissions Office | UTMB School of Nursing

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