Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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You became an advanced practice nurse to make a difference in people’s lives. Take that certification a step further and work to make changes in policy and practice by earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Texas Woman’s University’s DNP program is for advanced practice nurses ready to function as expert clinicians integrating and evaluating evidence-based practices in acute and primary care settings.

With a curriculum based on enhanced clinical practice, health care informatics, and the application of scientific advances in nursing, the DNP program will prepare graduates to meet the demands of our nation’s complex health care system and aging population.

Program Requirements

The DNP program is a hybrid curriculum with both online and classroom work and requires 46 hours to complete. In addition, 500 contact hours are required in the candidate’s selected area of clinical expertise as well as completion of a capstone project. The capstone project is an evidence-based solution to a clinical problem.

A list of required courses for completion of the DNP program can be found in the course catalog.

Offered: Dallas Center, Houston Center

Admission Requirements

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

Program Contact

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

Application Deadlines

Fall - May 1
Spring - September 15

Admission Requirements

  • Licensed and certified by an accredited program as an advanced practice nurse (NP, CRNA, CNM, CNS).
  • Current U.S. RN and APRN licenses (unencumbered). APRN certification (nationally accredited) or eligibility to be recognized as an APRN in Texas.
  • Master’s degree with a nursing major from a nationally accredited program (Nursing credentials for International students will be assessed individually).
  • Graduate-level research course.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on all prior graduate-level course work for unconditional admission. Applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours coursework may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis.
  • Prior to enrollment in clinical residency courses, must have completed at least 1 year of full-time experience as an APRN.

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 Program Coordinator 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
  3. Two academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to the Program Coordinator. Recommenders should include student name and "Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)" in the subject line.


Dr. Cheryl Thaxton
DNP Program Director

Page last updated 8:36 AM, February 9, 2021