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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Admission Requirements

All DNP applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the United States
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or ADN to MSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended by applicant must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher for master's degree
  • Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant's academic ability and potential, including one from a current professional colleague
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview with a DNP Admissions Committee faculty member
  • Current CV or resume
Additional Admission Requirements
All Advanced Practice Nursing applicants must meet the following additional requirements: All Executive Leadership applicants must meet the following additional requirements:
  • Approval by a state Board of Nurse Examiners to practice as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Current certification by a nationally recognized credentialing body as a Nurse Practitioner
  • Minimum of one year's experience as a nurse practitioner
  • BLS certification
  • Minimum of one year's experience in a healthcare leadership position

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) requires students graduating with the DNP degree have achieved 1000 clinical hours from a combination of clinical hours in the master’s program and the DNP program. Each student will achieve a minimum of 500 clinical/practice hours in the TTUHSC DNP program. The student may or may not have achieved 500 clinical hours in his/her master’s program. To ensure students meet the required minimum 1000 clinical hours, students with an MSN degree (in a field in which they did not achieve 500 clinical/practice hours) must have a portfolio review to determine an action plan for achieving the required clinical/practice hours. The additional 500 clinical/practice hours (for students who do not have 500+ clinical hours in their MSN program) is documented from a portfolio review upon entry into the DNP program and a plan will be developed to achieve any additional hours required. The portfolio may include a resume or CV, written description of the individual’s practice experience, participation in academic and specialized programs in the student’s specialty area, national certification in a specialty area, and/or or additional activities and experiences that exemplify expert practice in nursing and healthcare leadership. The clinical/practice hours accepted to meet the 500 hour requirement at the master’s level must be outside of the individual’s normal scope of paid employment.

For students with a master’s degree in a field other than nursing, a gap analysis is conducted to determine how the student has achieved competencies detailed in AACN’s The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2012) through a combination of academic course work and nursing experience. An action plan is developed based on the gap analysis to ensure the student has the necessary competencies to be successful in the DNP program.

Application

The School of Nursing application process is online. Click here for application access.

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The application opens on September 1, 2013 and closes on January 15, 2014.

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