Doctor of Nursing Practice
Program

Flexible online program with a classroom feel!

Our mission is to prepare advanced practice nurse leaders who will participate in the transformation of the health care system. Our emphasis on improving access to quality of care to vulnerable populations & reducing health disparities makes for an exceptional learning experience.

  • Licensure Requirements

    Required: National certification and recognition or licensure as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) & an 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: Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE).

  • GPA Requirements

    A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all master’s and higher level coursework is required.

  • Required Application Documents

    Required: a resume, all relevant transcripts, a personal statement of career, educational & scholarship goals (see personal statement guidelines) & one (1) professional reference.

  • Other Requirements

    A mandatory phone or in-person interview is required.

 
 

    8

    Semesters

    16

    Courses

    $17,503

    ✳ Total Tuition


    • 1

       Semester

      2 Courses (5 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $2,558

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    • 2

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $2,515

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    • 3

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $2,831

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    • 4

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $2,719

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    • 5

       Semester

      2 Courses (6 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $2,627

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    • 6

       Semester

      2 Courses (5 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $2,314

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    • 7

       Semester

      2 Courses (5 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $2,067

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    • 8

       Semester

      2 Courses (3 Hours)

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       Cost of Attendance

      $1,457

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      ✳ – Total tuition & fees. Does not include book fees.

      Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Curriculum & Tuition

      • Semester 1
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6210 Foundations of DNP Practice 2
        GDNP 6327 Advanced Nursing Leadership & Management 3
        Semester 2
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6303 Applied Statistical Methods for Practice Inquiry 3
        GDNP 6337 Informatics in Transformation of Healthcare 3
        Semester 3
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6359 The Economics and Business of Health Care 3
        GDNP 6302 Population Health Strategies for Improving the Nation's Health 3
        Semester 4
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6362 Quality Improvement for Clinical Practice 3
        GDNP 6304 Leadership in Ethical & Legal Issues 3
        Semester 5
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6335 Translational Methods for Practice Inquiry 3
        GDNP 6325 Health Care Policy 3
        Semester 6
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6211 Scholarly Practice Project Seminar I 2
        GDNP 6301 Clinical Practicum I 3
        Semester 7
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6212 Scholarly Practice Project Seminar II 2
        GDNP 6305 Clinical Practicum II 3
        Semester 8
        Course Number Course Name Hours
        GDNP 6213 Scholarly Practice Project Seminar III 2
        GDNP 6120 DNP Seminar 1
      • Total (Tuition & Course Fees) $17,503
        Semester 1
        Tuition and University Fees $1,907
        Course Fees $337
        Book Fees $314
        Semester 2
        Tuition and University Fees $2,011
        Course Fees $361
        Book Fees $143
        Semester 3
        Tuition and University Fees $2,011
        Course Fees $436
        Book Fees $384
        Semester 4
        Tuition and University Fees $2,063
        Course Fees $361
        Book Fees $295
        Semester 5
        Tuition and University Fees $2,011
        Course Fees $392
        Book Fees $224
        Semester 6
        Tuition and University Fees $1,709
        Course Fees $380
        Book Fees $225
        Semester 7
        Tuition and University Fees $1,762
        Course Fees $305
        Book Fees $0
        Semester 8
        Tuition and University Fees $1,261
        Course Fees $196
        Book Fees $0

      Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Highlights

      Our Mission

      We prepare advanced practice nurse leaders who will participate in the transformation of the health care system.

      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 practitioner.

      Classroom Feel

      Small class sizes provide an intimate feel to your online experience. A highly interactive nurse practitioner 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 tailored to your individual educational & practice interests with faculty advisors available to assist you in the design & implementation of your scholarly practice project.

      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

      DNP Program Frequently Asked Question(s)

      • What is the difference between a DNP and 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 this program conducted online?

        Yes. All of the courses in this program are conducted fully online.

      • How often am I 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?

        Eight (8) semesters

      • Which semester(s) do you accept new students?

        We only accept new students to begin their studies in the Fall semester.

      • Can I work while attending the DNP program?

        Yes. Most of our DNP students work full or part-time during their studies. The program is 'part-time program', 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.

      • Is there a clinical requirement?

        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.

      • How many clinical hours do I need to complete?

        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.

      • 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.

      Contact Us

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

      Burgandy DeLeon