Program Overview

The DNP is a professional doctorate. Nurses with the BSN degree can apply to the BSN to DNP program and move directly from the BSN degree to the DNP degree for the Family Nurse Practitioner track. The BSN to DNP program is a combination of online and face-to-face courses and supervised clinical experiences and will meet all educational standards established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (2006) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s (NONPF) Criteria for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Programs (2016), which are the standards for both FNP and PMHNP programs. Graduates will meet all qualifications to sit for national certification to become a Family Nurse Practitioner upon completion of the DNP degree.

 

Admission Requirements

Consideration for admission is given to applicants who meet all admission criteria and have submitted ALL admission requirements by the application deadline.

TOEFL Scores – Applicants from a country where the primary language is not English must provide evidence of achieving a total score of 84 or higher with a speaking score of 26 or higher and a writing score of 27 or higher on the TOEFL iBT. This may only be waived if the student has received a degree from an accredited college/university in one of the listed countries: Australia, Canada (except the Province of Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean countries (including Anguilla, Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands), Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales), United States.

All applicants must meet requirements listed below for admission consideration:

  • Completed and submitted online application as directed on the School of Nursing website.
  • Valid unencumbered Texas or Compact RN License
  • Baccalaureate nursing degree from a regionally accredited college or university with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accreditation from the American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate research and statistics course
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the BSN program
  • Basic Life Support (American Heart Association BLS) Certification
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical analysis essay
  • Letters of References (3)
  • Oath of Residency
  • Official transcripts from all institutions formerly attended. NOTE: All transcripts must be from regionally accredited colleges or universities with nursing program accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accreditation from American Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
  • Current Curriculum Vita (CV) or Resume’ (in the template provided in the application process)
  • Interview with DNP faculty (Interviews are conducted on an invitation only basis after a review of submitted application materials).

 

Application

It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that their application is complete: Application Instructions

Deadlines

Admission Term Application Open Application Deadline
Fall November 1 February 15
Spring No Admission  
Summer No Admission  

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