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Earn your degree in Texas' first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Our practice doctorate prepares clinical scholars for leadership and innovative, evidence-based patient care in nursing and health care delivery.

Outstanding Faculty

The expertise of our faculty mentors makes us one of the most respected DNP programs in Texas. Through engaging online courses and one-on-one advising, our faculty draw from their years of experience working as nurse practitioners so you can learn firsthand the skills and knowledge to succeed as a health care provider or nursing leader.



Affordable Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

At Cizik School of Nursing, we offer one of the most affordable DNP programs in Texas. We also offer both academic and need-based scholarships for Doctor of Nursing Practice students to help with tuition and education costs.

Unmatched Clinical Experiences

Cizik School of Nursing DNP students may enjoy rich clinical opportunities in the Texas Medical Center - the largest medical center in the world - or in high-quality clinical settings anywhere in Texas. Your portfolio will include a major DNP project, comprehensive case studies, and examples of scholarly work. 


Meet our DNP Directors


Kelly Kearney, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a seasoned PMHNP who maintains an active clinical practice. With a commitment to excellence, she has seamlessly integrated extensive clinical experience with impactful leadership roles at the Cizik School of Nursing.


Linda Cole, DNP, RN, APRN, CCNS, CNE, FCNS, is an experienced clinical nurse specialist who had many years of leadership experience in various roles in a tertiary health care setting prior to joining the faculty at Cizik School of Nursing in 2017. She is well-versed in project management and program development.

PhD or DNP?

At Cizik School of Nursing, you can pursue a research-focused Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (DNP) or a practice-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Learn more differences between these doctoral degree options.



Get Started toward Your Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Take the next step on your health care journey at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston and earn a DNP degree from a program that is nationally renowned for excellence. We are here to answer your questions and help you get started on your DNP degree program.

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The baccalaureate program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

DNP Program Outcomes