Doctor of Nursing Practice

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The DNP Program at a Glance

  • Admit Terms: Fall only
  • Credit Requirement: 32-43 depending on the track selected
  • Enrollment Mode: Hybrid/Blend; students meet for two consecutive days, once a month.
  • Enrollment Level: Part-time; Full-time study possible with consent of the department.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at UTHealth is a practice doctorate that prepares advanced practice nurses (NP’s, CNS’, and CRNA’s) and nurse managers/directors to be clinical scholars and nurse executives recognized for translational science, outstanding innovative evidence-based patient/population care and leadership in nursing practice and healthcare delivery.

The DNP program is a post-master’s program that admits current nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse managers. BSN-prepared nurses seeking to become nurse anesthetists should review the BSN-DNP offered through the Nurse Anesthesia program.

The UTHealth School of Nursing is ranked in the top 5% of graduate nursing programs in the country, and it is the highest ranked in the state of Texas. The campus is located in the world-famous Texas Medical Center, where students enjoy the resources of a distinguished health science center combined with the expertise of the world's largest medical center.

The Curriculum

The UTHealth School of Nursing DNP provides specialized curriculum paths centered for advanced practice nurses who are:

  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Nurse Practitioners/Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Executives

In order to meet the needs of working advanced practice nurses and nurse managers, classes are scheduled in blocks of intensive instruction to minimize travel and impact on work schedules. Students attend classes at the Houston campus two days each month (Thursdays and Fridays only) and also engage in online learning activities. Most students enroll in two courses each semester. The coursework can be completed through a part-time or full-time program of study. Students can complete the program in five (5) to eight (8) semesters. Planned individualized clinical and fellowship experiences support the student’s goals and achievement of the national DNP competencies.

Curriculum Plans

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at UTHealth is a practice doctorate that prepares advanced practice nurses (NP’s, CNS’, and CRNA’s) and nurse managers/directors to be clinical scholars and nurse executives recognized for translational science, outstanding innovative evidence-based patient/population care and leadership in nursing practice and healthcare delivery.

Course # Course Title Hours
Year 1- Fall
N6801 Scholarly Foundations for Advanced Practice 3
N6803 Population Health and Health Outcomes 3
Year 1- Spring
N6807 Evidence Based Practice Principles 3
N6858 Information Systems/Technology for the Improvement of Health Care 3
Year 1- Summer
N6808 Translational Science 3
N6820 Comparative Effectiveness Research 3
Year 2- Fall
N6802 Policy, Politics, and Ethics 3
N6847 Organizations and Systems Leadership 3
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
Year 2- Spring
N6842 A Transitions and Innovations in Healthcare Delivery 2
N6840 B DNP Preceptorship I 2
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
Year 2- Summer
N6841 B DNP Preceptorship II 2
N6845 Practice Management 2
Year 3- Fall
N6860 A DNP Advanced Seminar I 2
N6860 B DNP Fellowship I 2
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
Year 3- Spring
N6870 A DNP Advanced Seminar II 2
N6870 B DNP Fellowship II 2
Course # Course Title Hours
Year 1- Fall
N6801 Scholarly Foundations for Advanced Practice 3
N6847 Organizations and Systems Leadership 3
Year 1- Spring
N6807 Evidence Based Practice Principles 3
N6858 Information Systems/Technology for the Improvement of Health Care 3
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
Year 1 - Summer
N6808 Translational Science 3
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
N6820 Comparative Effectiveness Research 3
Year 2- Fall
N6803 Policy, Politics, and Ethics 3
N6860A DNP Advanced Seminar I 2
N6860B DNP Fellowship I 2
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
Year 2- Spring
N6870 A DNP Advanced Seminar II 2
N6870 B DNP Fellowship II 2

Leadership is critical to the redesign and execution of a new healthcare system to meet societal needs for health care. The UTHealth-DNP Program prepares nurse managers/directors to shape and influence the preferred future in health care. Graduates of the nurse executive program are prepared for high-level executive leadership positions in organizations and systems to advance the quality and cost effectiveness of care and outcomes for populations and communities through innovative evidence-based practices and resource management.

Course # Course Title Hours
Year 1- Fall
N6801 Scholarly Foundations for Advanced Practice 3
N6847 Organizations and Systems Leadership 3
Year1- Spring
N6807 Evidence Based Practice Principles 3
N6858 Information Systems/Technology for the Improvement of Health Care 3
Year 1- Summer
N6808 Translational Science 3
N6850 Nurse Exec I 2
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
Year 2- Fall
N6802 Ethics and Health Policy 3
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
N6840 C DNP Preceptorship I for Nurse Executives 2
Year 2- Spring
N6830 Clinical Scholarship Portfolio Advisement 1
N6841 C DNP Preceptorship II for Nurse Executives 2
N6851 Nurse Exec II 2
Year 2- Summer
N6852 Nurse Exec III 2
N6820 Comparative Effectiveness Research 3
Year 3- Fall
N6860 A DNP Advanced Seminar I 2
N6860 B DNP Fellowship I for Nurse Executives 2
Year 3- Spring
N6870 A DNP Advanced Seminar II 2
N6870 B DNP Fellowship II for Nurse Executives 2

Consult the catalog for course descriptions, details about preceptorship and fellowship experiences, methods of teaching, and prerequisites. The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reserve the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

NOTE:
*Course numbers ending in “W” denote courses that are web-based or mainly online that may require some campus visits.
*Course numbers ending in “D” denote courses that are taught through distance education and include a distance education fee.
*Course numbers ending in “B” denote courses that are clinical and include additional fees.

The Clinical Scholarship Portfolio (CSP)

The Clinical Scholarship Portfolio (CSP) is equivalent to a dissertation. It is a collection of required components that demonstrates a student’s scholarship as a clinical scholar practicing at the highest level of advanced practice. It provides evidence of competency in all domains of DNP practice.  The CSP includes a major Practice Inquiry Project, comprehensive cases studies, and other examples of scholarly work related to the competencies outlined in the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) DNP Essentials. A faculty advisor is assigned to supervise the components of the CSP.

The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reserve the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Student-Centered Support

Each DNP student is assigned an advisor (faculty mentor) at the time of enrollment in the DNP program. The advisor is selected based on clinical expertise and interest compatible with the student’s area of interest. The advisor and DNP student together complete a degree plan: and outline individualized preceptorship and fellowship experiences, based on the student’s interest and professional goals. The advisor also supervises the development of components of the CSP.

Scholarships and Financial Aid 

The School of Nursing is proud of its commitment to graduate education through the offering of merit and need-based scholarships and grants. The application process is competitive and begins during the application review cycle. For more information, please visit the scholarship information page on the nursing website.

DNP Program Administration

Joanne V Hickey, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, FCCM

Coordinator, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (Email)

Candiance E Duplessis

Administrative Coordinator, DNP Program (Email)