The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) prepares nurses for the highest level of practice in a complex healthcare environment. In this time of major healthcare reform and concerns about the quality and safety of care, the DNP prepared nurse will be leading the way to promote improved quality, safety and access to healthcare for people across our state and nation. The TTUHSC SON DNP graduate has the scientific knowledge and practice expertise to advance quality outcomes and create access to healthcare across a multitude of settings from rural health clinics to major urban health systems.
The purpose of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is to provide a rigorous education to prepare clinical scholars who translate science to improve population health through expert leadership that powers innovation in health care for West Texas, the state, and the nation.
The DNP program curriculum is based on the AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice national standards and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Practice Doctorate Nurse Practitioner Entry-Level Competencies (2006).
The program is designed for master's prepared nurses who are working. Classes are both on-line and in "executive sessions" over 3 - 4 days on-campus at 3 times during the semester. The TTUHSC program is 45 credit hours and can be completed over six consecutive semesters.