Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
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Profound changes in the increasingly complex health care systems mandates change
to improve quality of care while reducing costs, improving access, eliminating disparities,
and promoting safe practice. The DNP is a practice-focused doctoral program designed
to prepare experts in specialized advanced nursing practice. Emphasis is on advanced
competencies for complex practice and research utilization for the improvement of
clinical care delivery, patient outcomes, and system management.
This program is for students who already hold a master's degree in nursing, and who have nursing specialty preparation at the graduate level. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio offers three leadership tracks: Nurse Practitioner Leadership Executive Administrative Management and Public Health Nurse Leader. Applicants to the DNP program will choose one of these two leadership tracks.
The Post-MSN pathway ranges between 41-48 semester credit hours depending on the track chosen. Part-time and full-time study options are available.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice requires that all students must have 1,000 clinical/practicum hours post bachelors to DNP. Clinical/practicum hour requirements for nurses in the UTHSCSA Post-Master's DNP program are: Nurse Practitioner Leadership: 540 hours, Executive Administrative Management: 540 hours, and Public Health Nurse Leader: 540 hours. More hours may be required to complete the total 1,000 hour requirement depending on review of hours completed at the Masters level.
Admission is offered once a year for the Fall semester with an application deadline of February 1.
See Admission Criteria.