Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Take your next step in nursing to become a transformative nursing leader and shape the future of health care with the newly redesigned Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Texas Woman's University. 

Now you can earn your DNP in 40 credit hours and as few as eight semesters with entirely online curriculum. In addition, you will be able to network in some of the best medical centers in the world while completing a one-of-a-kind DNP scholarly project and 540 practicum hours.

Our program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of professional practice with competencies to meet demands of the nation's complex healthcare environment.

DNP graduates from TWU are prepared as implementation scholars based on a curriculum that focuses on:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Organization and systems leadership
  • Health policy and finance
  • Information technology
  • Population health

DNP-prepared nurses transform healthcare by implementing the science developed by nurse researchers.

Attend an Info Session

Join us for an online information session to learn more about the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Texas Woman's.

Thursday April 27  |  12-1 p.m.

DNP Program Requirements

The DNP program is an entirely online curriculum with an in-person colloquium and requires as few as 40 credit hours to complete. In addition, 540 practicum hours are required in the candidate’s selected area of clinical expertise as well as completion of a DNP scholarly project. The DNP scholarly project is an evidence-based solution to a clinical problem.

Offered: Dallas Center, Houston Center

For more info, check the degree plan and the DNP Student Handbook below.

Degree Plan

DNP Student Handbook

Admission Requirements

Admission to Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Program Contact

Dr. Cheryl Thaxton
D.N.P. Program Director

Application Deadlines

Fall - February 15
Spring - September 15

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of a master’s degree in a nursing program from a nationally accredited program.
  • Current U.S. RN license (unencumbered).
  • If applicable, must have an unencumbered APRN license; APRN certification (nationally accredited) or eligibility to be recognized as an APRN in any state.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all prior graduate-level coursework for unconditional admission. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis.
  • Since the graduation from the DNP requires 1000 clinical hours, post BSN, an assessment will be made of the number of hours brought forward from the Master's degree. 
  • Interview may be required (virtual).

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate PDF files in ONE email to the DNP Program Director with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Letter addressing professional goals
    • Curriculum vita or resume
    • Letter or document that depicts the total number of MSN practicum hours completed by the applicant
  3. Two academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to the DNP Program Director. Recommenders should include student name and "Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)" in the subject line.

Questions about the DNP program?

DNP Program Director

Out-of-State Students

If a resident of another state, contact DNP Program Director Cheryl Thaxton (prior to applying) to determine whether the TWU DNP program fulfills the requirements for licensure in your home state.

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