Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Doctor of Nursing Program | UTMB School of Nursing

Our online program is designed to prepare nurse practitioners with strong clinical competencies, and the skills in science, leadership, and inquiry necessary to transform health care. Our focus is vulnerable populations, specifically people at risk for health disparities due to socioeconomic status, lack of insurance, poor access, age, and/or minority status. UTMB has a long history of commitment to care for vulnerable populations, making this the ideal program for nurse practitioners who are committed to serving those most vulnerable.

The 42 semester credit hour program is taught online, part-time, and requires only one trip to campus each semester for 2-3 days.

The DNP program does not meet the requirements for students who have F1 educational visas, which require students to enroll in courses offered on campus.

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.


A successful graduate of the DNP Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing will demonstrate the ability to

  • 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.

The DNP program does not meet the requirements for students who have F1 educational visas, which require students to enroll in courses offered on campus.


  • A minimum of a master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized nursing education accrediting body.
  • National certification and recognition or licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in the state in which he/she practices.
  • A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for all master’s and higher level coursework.
  • 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. Should any change to an unencumbered license or multistate privilege to practice occur prior to admission, please report that change to the appropriate Program Director.
  • Application to the Nurse Centralized Application Service (NCAS) with appropriate application fee.
  • Submission of all official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from each academic institution attended. Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing or proof of equivalent degrees are required.
  • A written statement of personal career, educational, and scholarship goals is required. This statement should identify the student’s areas of clinical interest in the program, as well as define potential clinical and leadership goals that may be pursued. The statement will be submitted as part of the on-line application.
  • A personal interview in person or by telephone with a faculty member is required.
  • One professional reference is required.
  • Submission of CV or resume that includes work and volunteer experience

Tuition & Fees-

There is a refundable $200.00 deposit assessed when you accept the offer to attend UTMB School of Nursing. This deposit will be applied towards your tuition upon enrollment. For specific details about tuition and fees, please visit the Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees webpage. file.

Curriculum Plan-

Curriculum Plan

The sample program demonstrates how a student might typically advance through the program. The specific hours, courses and sequence are subject to change.

Semester I
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6210 Foundations of DNP Practice 2
GDNP 6327 Advanced Nursing Leadership & Management 3
Total hours 5
Semester II
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6303 Applied Statistical Methods for Practice Inquiry 3
GDNP 6337 Informatics in Transformation of Healthcare 3
Total hours 6
Semester III
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6359 The Economics of Healthcare 3
GDNP 6302 Population Health Strategies for Improving the Nation's Health 3
Total hours 6
Semester IV
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6362 Practice Management and Improvement 3
GDNP 6304 Leadership in Ethical & Legal Issues 3
Total hours 6
Semester V
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6335 Translational Methods for Practice Inquiry 3
GDNP 6325 Health Care Policy 3
Total hours 6
Semester VI
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6211 Scholarly Practice Project Seminar I 2
GDNP 6301 Clinical Practicum I 3
Total hours 5
Semester VII
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6212 Scholarly Practice Project Seminar II 2
GDNP 6305 Clinical Practicum II 3
Total hours 5
Semester VIII
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GDNP 6213 Scholarly Practice Project Seminar III 2
GDNP 6120 DNP Seminar 1
Total hours 3

Total Program Credits: 42 Hours


Application Process

The Nurse Centralized Application Service (NCAS) is the application utilized by UTMB. An application, the application fee, and official transcripts must be received at NCAS by the deadline listed for each admission cycle. Visit the Apply Now page for information and step-by-step instructions for applying to a program.

International Student Information

Applicants from international institutions must use one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB to provide a verification and evaluation of transcripts in order to be able to be considered for admission to programs at UTMB. Applicants are no longer required to send official transcripts from the issuing institution since we are now utilizing these services. An official copy of this report must be submitted to NCAS by the application deadline.

The following are the Credentialing Services approved by UTMB:

  • Spantran Services
  • 7211 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 205
  • Houston, TX 77036-3197
  • 713-266-8805

After Acceptance-

Admission Requirements

The UTMB Online Application, fee, and official transcripts must be received by the deadline listed for each admission cycle.

All of the following must be completed by the date of admission:

  • BLS for Healthcare Providers - All applicants selected for admission must complete a BLS course for Healthcare Providers which covers infant, child, adult, and two-man CPR. Please visit the American Heart Association web site to locate a course in your geographical area. Certification must be submitted to CastleBranch prior to orientation.
  • Immunization Requirements - Evidence of immunizations required by UTMB must be submitted to CastleBranch for verification and processing, including documentation for COMPLETED three dose series of Hepatitis B vaccines and a positive Hepatitis B antibody titer. All immunization requirements must be met to proceed in a clinical course. Students who are not in compliance with the above policy will not be permitted to participate in clinical activities.
  • Security Clearance and Drug Screening - Criminal background checks have been introduced into hospital and school affiliation agreements in keeping with a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard. Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. Therefore in keeping with this policy, all UTMB students will be required to undergo a security clearance for enrollment at UTMB. UTMB has designated CastleBranch to complete the background check required for your security clearance. Results from any other company will not be accepted.

The UTMB SON has also designated CastleBranch to conduct drug testing for all new students. Registration for both requirements is available at: CastleBranch.

When you have submitted your personal information and method of payment, you can enter your Zip code to locate the nearest testing facility.

The Security Clearance and Drug Screening must be completed during the time period listed in the New Student Guide, which is issued after admission.

Students who do not pass these requirements will not be admitted to the School of Nursing.

ADA/EEO Statement

UTMB strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or veteran status. UTMB is committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability or would like to obtain information regarding services for students with disabilities at UTMB, please contact the Institutional ADA Officer in the Lee Hage Jamail Student Center, Suite 2.118 or at (409) 747-4818.

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