Below you'll find a list of all of the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs available in Texas.
Full List of Programs
Baylor University offers a Post Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with two areas of specialization - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). The NNP program is offered online. Students who complete the FNP/DNP program are eligible to sit for the national Family Nurse Practitioner certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Graduates of the NNP/DNP program can take the national Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation (NCC) for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties. Baylor University also has a Nurse-Midwifery/ Doctor of Nursing Practice (NM/DNP) program that follows the standards set by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
MSN required for:
Prairie View A & M University
Prairie View, Texas
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Prairie View A&M University is a post-master's program designed for advanced practice nurses certified as family nurse practitioners. Courses are delivered in a hybrid online format, with only a few required face-to-face meetings each semester. If pursued on a full-time basis, the program of study can be completed in 19 months. Students also have the option of pursuing the program on a part-time basis, which can take up to 28 months. The curriculum includes coursework in topics such as: Nursing Science and Complex Systems, Analytical Approaches to Outcomes Management for Individuals and Populations, and Translating Evidence into Advanced Nursing Practice. Students are required to complete a capstone project in order to graduate.
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Students accepted to the CCNE-accredited, post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Texas Christian University can choose from two tracks - APRN or Nursing Administration. APRN Track applicants must hold and maintain current certification and licensure in their field of specialty throughout the program. For Nursing Administration Track applicants, nursing administration certification is preferred, in addition to an MSN degree. TCU's DNP program is delivered in an online format and can be completed in two years, if pursued on a full-time basis. A part-time program of study is also available. The university also offers a DNP-Anesthesia program, which is a joint program administered with the School of Nurse Anesthesia and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
The CCNE-accredited Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Texas Technical University is designed for master's prepared nurses. Classes are offered online as well as in at least three executive on-campus sessions for three to four days each semester. The program can be completed over six semesters of continuous full-time enrolment. Students also have the option of pursuing the program on a part-time basis. The curriculum is based on the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The completion of a capstone project is required for graduation. The capstone project can be a major pilot study, a program evaluation or quality improvement project, or a practice change initiative resulting from research application.
BSN required for:
Texas Woman's University
Certified Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives with MSN degrees, and who qualify for APRN licensure in Texas, are eligible to apply to the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Texas Woman's University. The program follows a hybrid delivery method and can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The curriculum offers courses such as Epidemiology, Health Promotion and Research in Advanced Nursing Practice, Health Care Genetics, Management of Health Services Organizations, and Health Outcomes: Measurement, Management, and Analysis. The completion of a capstone project is required for graduation. The capstone project is the implementation of evidence-based intervention as well as the measurement of outcomes in a selected clinical setting. TWU's DNP program is accredited by CCNE.
The University of Texas at Arlington
Students accepted to the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Texas in Arlington can expect to earn their DNP degree with seven semesters of continuous enrollment. The program uses a variety of delivery formats including online courses, immersion experiences, and traditional classroom sessions. The DNP curriculum meets the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice and includes courses in epidemiology, health policy, leadership, and translation of research evidence into clinical practice. The completion of a DNP Scholarly Project is required in order to graduate from the program. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until June 2017.
The University of Texas at Austin
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree offered at the University of Texas Austin is a 45-hour program that follows a hybrid system of delivery. The curriculum is based on the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Practice established by the AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing). The programs include coursework that focus on executive leadership and advanced practice nursing. Students begin the program by taking nine credits of core requirements, followed by 24 credits of supporting classes, and 12 hours of clinical specialization courses (500 clinical practice hours). During the clinical phase of the program, students are expected to select an area of focus that will culminate in the DNP Scholarly Project, which is a requirement for the degree.
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Texas in El Paso gives special consideration to nurse practitioner applicants who work or reside in rural or medically underserved areas. The university's DNP curriculum is aligned with the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice as prescribed by the AACN. Students accepted to the program can expect to earn their degree after five semesters of full-time study. The program uses a blend of online and face-to-face delivery formats. On-campus classes are conducted one weekend a month during the fall and spring semesters, and over four weekends in the summer. The curriculum includes coursework in informatics and technology, evidence-based practice, organizational systems, and leadership.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston offers a CCNE-accredited post-master's DNP program that follows a hybrid delivery format. Students are only required to attend on-campus classes on two consecutive days each month. The degree can be earned on a full-time (five semesters) or part-time (eight semesters) basis. The campus is located in the Texas Medical Center, allowing students to avail of the resources of this state-of-the-art academic health science center. The DNP program is open to nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists, nurse managers, and nurses working in the field of informatics. There is also a BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia program available that is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio has CCNE accreditation until December 2018. Students accepted to the program can choose from the following tracks: Advanced Practice Leadership, Executive Administrative Management, and Public Health Nurse Leader. If pursued as a full-time plan of study, the DNP degree can be earned in six semesters. A part-time plan of study typically takes nine semesters to complete. The curriculum includes coursework in the following subject areas: Healthcare Policy Analysis & Advocacy, Fundamentals of Epidemiology, and Statistical Analysis for Quality Improvement and Health Delivery Systems. Students have to complete a Clinical DNP Practice Inquiry in order to graduate from the program.
The University of Texas Medical Branch
The post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston is an online program that requires students to come to campus only once each semester for two to three days. This CCNE-accredited program is designed to be completed with eight semesters of part-time enrollment. The university's DNP program has a focus on vulnerable populations especially those at risk for healthcare disparities because of minority or socio-economic status, lack of insurance, age, and poor access. The curriculum includes coursework in subjects such as Population Health Strategies for Improving the Nation's Health, Translational Methods for Practice Inquiry, and Health Care Policy. The culminating work is a practice-based capstone project that identifies and addresses the needs of a vulnerable population.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
The University of the Incarnate Word offers two options for obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree - post-baccalaureate (BSN to DNP ) and post-master's (MSN to DNP). Students entering the program through the BSN to DNP track can choose from two areas of specialization - Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The program can be completed with nine semesters of full-time study and follows a blended learning format. The MSN to DNP program is open to APRNs and can be pursued on a full-time (four semesters) or part-time (seven semesters) basis. The curriculum includes courses in vulnerable populations, epidemiology for advanced nursing practice, health policy analysis, and evidence-based practice. The university's DNP program has CCNE accreditation until June 2017.