Post-Master's DNP Admissions Requirements

Per the regulations defining the amount of allowable online course credits, UTHealth is unable to sponsor DNP students requiring an F-1 visa.  Additionally, students admitted to the Post-Master's DNP must personally reside in the state of Texas before the first day of class. 

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Post-Master's DNP

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing earned from a nationally accredited program.
  • Master’s degree or post-master's earned from a nationally accredited program with a 3.0 GPA or above as an
    • advanced practice registered nurse (clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist),
    • nurse leader, or
    • MBA/MPH or equivalent prepared registered nurse with leadership experience (nurse executive option).
  • Graduate level nursing or equivalent research course with a grade of B or higher.*
  • For advanced practice nurse:
    • eligibility or approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing.
    • proof of current certification by a nationally recognized credentialing organization.
  • Minimum of one (1) year work experience in the advanced practice role.
*The course is not required to apply. If admitted without the prerequisite course, there will be an opportunity to enroll in the courses at UTHealth, or at other another institution. The course must be successfully completed prior to the first day of class.

Required Application Materials 

  • Complete online application for admission and non-refundable $60.00 application fee. 
  • Official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution previously attended electronically to They will not be accepted emailed from the student. If you have attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), it is not necessary to request a transcript. All transcripts must be printed within six months of receipt.
  • Three (3) letters of reference attesting to your academic ability and potential for doctoral study; one reference should be from a professional colleague and another from a faculty member or an individual with a doctorate degree. Colleagues with doctoral level Nursing preparation are preferred.  The applicant letter of reference form should be provided your recommenders.
  • A 500-word typed statement of area of practice interest, career goals, and reasons for desiring doctoral study.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume that documents practice experience, professional activities, and presentations/publications.
  • If your degree was earned outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of international credentials is required by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). 

Application materials should be sent to:

UTHealth Office of the Registrar

Attn: Admissions

P.O. Box 20036

Houston, Texas 77225-0036

Review and Notification 

Qualified applicants will be interviewed by the UTHealth DNP faculty to assess whether the program interfaces with applicant’s educational needs and career goals. Please check the applications deadline webpage to see the estimated interview and notification dates

Admission Criteria

In order to more clearly reflect Cizik School of Nursing's diversity within the educational environment, the School’s admission policy makes explicit the multiplicity of factors taken into consideration throughout the admissions process. These admission factors are not assigned a specific weight or point value. Cizik School of Nursing considers the totality of each application and gives consideration to several factors

Matriculation Requirements

Matriculation is contingent upon successful completion of all pre-enrollment requirements including and not limited to immunization screening, immigration status clearance, drug screen, Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) Certification, and clearance of the mandatory criminal background check.

All School of Nursing students are required to have a computer and must have basic computer skills. For more information on computer requirements see computer requirements and recommendations.

Essential Skills for Nursing

Nurses must be able to demonstrate cognitive skills in critical thinking and logical/analytical thinking. Nurses must also have psychomotor skills, including fine motor dexterity, physical strength, coordination, and proper body mechanics. Observational skills are also required, such as the ability to hear within the normal decibel range, the ability to read English in regular to extra-fine print, and the ability to palpate/auscultate. Students must be able to demonstrate these skills, with or without reasonable accommodation. See HOOP 101, Disability Accommodation (