DNP Program to Offer New Track in Fall 2013
In January 2012, the UT Health Science Center’s School of Nursing received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to start the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Students currently can pursue either the Executive Administrative Management or Nurse Practitioner Leadership track. The DNP program will begin offering a third option, the Public Health Nurse Leader track, this fall.
The DNP is designed as the highest degree possible for nurses committed to clinical work. The goal of the program is for graduates to design, implement, manage and evaluate health care systems and serve in leadership roles at the highest level of their specialty. "Our graduates will have specialized knowledge about health care systems, the translation of evidence into practice, policy and executive leadership to address the needs of our populations for the 21st century." said Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing.
Peggy Francis, DNP, RN, MSN, CS, CUNP, FNP-BC received the 2012 Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award at the Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) annual conference in September. She was recognized for the significant contributions she has made to the improvement of care for individuals, families, and communities as well as for the excellence she has demonstrated as a nurse practitioner and as a role model for other nurse practitioners and the nursing profession. Read More