Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from Texas Christian University is an innovative, solution-focused program designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to lead efforts in solving complex health care issues and developing new health care opportunities. The focus is heavily on practice that is innovative and evidence-based, reflecting the application of credible research findings and theories to improving health care outcomes. Graduates are prepared to assume clinical leadership positions in a variety of fields, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Government
  • ​Education

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • Master’s degree with focus in specialty nursing or administration and minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0/4.0
    • Receipt of two official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended sent directly to the DNP Office
    • Unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in United States
    • Resume or curriculum vita
    • Three professional references (suggestions are from a supervisor, previous faculty or other professional reference) sent directly to the DNP Office
    • Satisfactory completion of in-person interview; and
    • An essay addressing (1) specific personal, academic, and/or professional strengths or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the TCU DNP program, (2) your interest in a practice doctorate and how the program goals will help you achieve your goals, and (3) an overview of your proposed area of interest for your final capstone project. The essay is to be double spaced with one inch margins; Times New Roman 12 font; and, a maximum of two pages.
    • Priority consideration given to applicants with at least two years’ experience in the post-master’s role

    School Overview

    Texas Christian University was founded in 1873, in Thorp Spring, Texas, as the AddRan Male and Female College. By 1895, the school relocated to Waco, Texas, and moved once more, in 1910 to Fort Worth. During this period the school also adopted its current name, Texas Christian University. Today, Texas Christian University is a four-year private, not-for-profit, co-educational institution. Though TCU retains ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), many religious groups and recognized faith-based organizations are present on campus, including students of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths.

    TCU supports undergraduate areas of study, master’s level programs, and doctoral fields of study in the following academic divisions:

    • AddRan College of Liberal Arts
    • Bob Schieffer College of Communication
    • College of Education
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Science & Engineering
    • John V. Roach Honors College
    • Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
    • Neeley School of Business
    • Fort Worth's M.D. School

    For added flexibility, online programs supported by TCU include master’s and doctoral programs in nursing and liberal arts.


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