Home > DNP

Doctor of Nursing Practice


The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program builds upon the foundation of the masters of science in nursing and prepares nurses for advanced roles in leadership, clinical expertise, and innovation in problem recognition and resolution using evidence-based practice.

Courses include leadership, translation of evidence into clinical practice, health policy, epidemiology and specialized clinical practice.  The 36 credit hour program uses blended online, intensive/immersion and traditional classroom delivery formats.

The 36 credit hour program includes 33 semester hours of required courses and 3 semester hours of electives. The required courses (36 hours) identified for the DNP curriculum meet the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice. (AACN, August 2006.) Students will select 3 semester hours of electives with the guidance of the graduate advisor to support and/or extend their clinical practice.

APPLICANTS - Please note application deadlines for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation are different than those for the University.

  • Fall - applications are due May 1st
  • Spring - applications are due September 1st


  • Implement evidence-based health care in selected populations.       
  • Demonstrate leadership in promoting quality improvement in health care systems.        
  • Conduct clinical research to evaluate care and promote evidence-based practice.        
  • Apply the health care policy process in the promotion of evidence-based practice.     
  • Coordinate interdisciplinary care of selected populations.

Admission requirements for the DNP program will change in May of 2016.  After May 31, 2016 the program will be open to most MSN-prepared nurses, provided the institution granting their MSN degree is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, or an equivalent accrediting body.  Unconditional admission will be granted to eligible nurses with earned GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

    If you have problems playing the video below, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps for applicaiton?

  1. Apply at http://www.applytexas.org
  2. Request all of your nursing transcripts and have them sent to the UT Arlington Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. Submit your Career Goal Statement and Curriculum Vitae / Resume to ashleigh.johnson@uta.edu

We must have all of your materials before you can be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines:
Fall – applications and supporting documents are due May 1st
Spring – applications and supporting documents are due September 1st

How often will I be on campus?

Most courses meet at the beginning, midterm, and end of the semester – all on Fridays. If you take two courses, one course would be 9 AM to 12 noon and the other 1 PM to 4 PM. Some courses will meet an additional date.

Are there any prerequisites to the DNP Program?

A graduate level statistics course is required for the DNP Program. This course can be taken on campus or transferred in. Please make sure you take an approved statistics course: click or tap here to see our list of approved courses. (PDF)
You may be admitted on probation if you do not have a graduate level statistics course. If so, this course must be completed within the first 12 semester credit hours.

What do you look at for admission?

GPA (MSN of 3.5), Career Goal Statement, Work experience, Unencumbered TX APRN License, graduate level statistics course

Where do I apply?

Please go to: www.applytexas.org

What are the tuition and fees?

For more information go to: http://www.uta.edu/fao/cost/

Is there a waiting list?

Currently, there is not a waiting list.

How long will it take me to complete the DNP Program?

The DNP program is a total of 36 semester credit hours. Most students take two courses per semester (approx. 2 years and 1 semester or 7 semesters).

What are practicum hours in the last two DNP courses N6620 and N6621?

The practicum courses are a culmination of your DNP coursework and include your DNP Scholarly Project. You will need a total of 540 hours over two semesters or 270 hours per semester with 120 hours counting toward your DNP Scholarly Project and 150 additional practicum hours to expand your role and expertise as a DNP. These courses can also be taken over four semesters (N6331, N6332, N6333, N6334).

Are there guidelines for the essay (Career Goal Statement)?

Click or tap here to see our guidelines. (PDF)

Can I transfer doctoral credit hours from another program?

Doctoral hours do not transfer from one university to another.

Do you have any examples of the DNP Scholarly Projects?

Click or tap here to see a list of examples. (PDF)