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Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston enables students with a practiced-focused Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree as a nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or nurse anesthetist to complete the additional coursework necessary to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

If you hold an MSN and certification as an NP, CNS, or nurse anesthetist, you will complete the core coursework required to obtain a DNP degree. You will complete core courses to gain in-depth knowledge of evidence-based practice, translational science, nursing informatics, and more. 

In addition, you will compile a Clinical Scholarship Portfolio (CSP) comprising required components that demonstrate clinical scholarship at the highest level of advanced practice. The CSP provides evidence of competency in all domains of DNP practice and includes a major DNP project, comprehensive cases studies, and other examples of scholarly work related to the competencies outlined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials


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