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Welcome to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Nursing. With the increasing shortage of well-trained nurses in Texas and across the country, our school is committed to creating possibilities that prepare nursing students to meet the challenges of today's complex health care field. We offer many options in nursing education.
BSN to DNP Program for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (PMHNP)
Nurses with the BSN degree can apply to the BSN to DNP program and move directly from the BSN degree to the DNP degree for the FNP and PMHNP tracks (see Admission Requirements for additional criteria for admission). The BSN to DNP program is a combination of online and face-to-face courses and supervised clinical experiences and will meet all educational standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s (NONPF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016), which are the standards for both FNP and PMHNP programs. Graduates will meet all qualifications to sit for national certification to become a Family Nurse Practitioner or a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner upon completion of the DNP degree.
Advanced practice nurses and clinical administrative leaders who have a master’s degree have the opportunity to obtain the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a terminal degree designed for practice at the highest level of nursing. Students interested in the advanced practice nursing specialty must have a master’s degree and be prepared as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist with national certification. Students interested in the executive leadership specialty must have a master’s degree and experience in a healthcare leadership position. The primary goal of the DNP program is to prepare graduates for clinically intensive leadership careers including advanced clinical practice, executive leadership, applied clinical research, and faculty leadership roles. The program allows students to participate in online activities as well as on-campus intensives.
Program Coordinators are available to answer any questions you may have about our programs