Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from The University of Texas Medical Branch is designed to train nurse practitioners in clinical competencies and equip them with the skills in science, leadership, and inquiry necessary to transform health care. Graduates of the program possess the ability to:

  • ​Integrate nursing science and theory with scientific and theoretical knowledge from other disciplines as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice
  • ​Develop and evaluate culturally appropriate and effective approaches to health care delivery that meet current and future health care needs
  • ​Use information technology and ethical research methods to improve practice and the practice environment
  • ​Demonstrate knowledge of standards and principles for selecting and evaluating information systems, patient care technology, and related ethical, regulatory, and legal issues
  • ​Analyze health care policy and function as an advocate for the nursing profession
  • ​Communicate and collaborate effectively to function as a leader in interprofessional teams
  • ​Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational, and/or environmental data in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of clinical prevention and population health
  • ​Demonstrate the foundational practice competencies required for DNP practice

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • A minimum of a master’s degree in nursing from a nursing program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized nursing education accrediting body. Applicants who have a master’s degree in nursing from a non-accredited program will be considered individually.
    • National certification and recognition or licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in the state in which he/she practices.
    • A GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is preferred; a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all college work is required.
    • Current (active), valid, unencumbered license or multi-state privilege to practice as a registered nurse in the state(s) in which the student participates in any clinical learning experiences.
    • Submission of all official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from each academic institution attended.
    • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing or proof of equivalent degrees are required.
    • Two writing samples
    • A written statement of personal career, educational, and scholarship goals is required.
    • A personal interview in person or by telephone with a faculty member is required.
    • One professional reference is required.
    • The 42-semester credit hour program is taught online, part-time, and requires only one trip to campus each semester for 2-3 days.

    School Overview

    UTMB opened in 1891 as the nation’s first public medical school and hospital under unified leadership—already a pioneer. What began as one hospital and medical school building in Galveston is now a major academic health sciences center of global influence, with medical, nursing, health professions and graduate biomedical schools; a world-renowned research enterprise; and a growing, comprehensive health system with hospitals on three campuses and a network of clinics. UTMB includes schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Biomedical Sciences; three institutes for advanced study; a major medical library; a network of hospitals and clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care; and numerous research facilities. Degrees and certificates are offered at all levels. UTMB is a part of The University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Center.


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