Doctor of Nursing Practice
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is similar in concept to practice doctorates in other professions such as pharmacy (PharmD) and physical therapy (DPT). DNP-prepared nurses are equipped for leadership roles in nursing practice, business, administration, clinical research, and academia.
Individuals with practice doctorates are the most highly educated and qualified practitioners in their fields. Instead of focusing primarily on research and teaching, those with practice doctorates use their education and expertise in leadership roles on the front lines of their professions. They are also highly qualified to teach the next generation of clinicians and leaders.
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).
- AACN Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice
- Practice Doctorate Nurse Practitioner Entry-Level Competencies
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 over six semesters with the following two tracks:
- Post-Masters Advanced Practice Nursing
- Post-Masters Executive Leadership