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DNP For Prospective Students

Curriculum Plans

Please note: The DNP Program does not accept course transfers from other DNP programs. All required degreed courses must be completed at UTA.


Admissions Eligibility

The UTA Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is open to individuals who have completed their program at an institution accredited by:

  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA)
  • or an Equivalent Accrediting Body

Eligible applicants include:

  • Board certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Board certified Nurse Midwives (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Board certified Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
  • Nurse Administrators who completed a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Administration specialty (MSN-ADM)

Admission Criteria

  • 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale GPA on MSN degree transcripts
  • Submission of degree transcripts from all university and degree programs.
  • The minimum acceptable scores for the TOEFL and TSE-A - comply with the graduate admission requirements for the University as stated in the Graduate catalog
  • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Unencumbered RN license in any US State or Territory
  • APRNs: Current Board of Nursing certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Texas license (or state of license)
  • Vitae/Resume: Currently NP practice or current Nurse Administrator practice
  • Administrators: Verification letter from institution of "post-baccalaureate practice hours"
    Use this form: Post-Baccalaureate Practice Hours Verification Form
  • Proficiency in use of computer for word processing, spreadsheet development, and data and text file creation and manipulation.

Clinical Requirements

  • Current CPR, ACLS, or PALS if required for their Specialty Area
  • Immunizations required by the College of Nursing
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Clear criminal background check, which satisfies the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council and the Texas Board of Nursing
  • Negative drug screen prior to clinical and research activities in health care agencies

Practice Hours

  • A minimum of 1000 clinical/practice hours are required for the UTA Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Up to 500 clinical/practice hours obtained during the student’s master's program may be applied to the 1000 post-bachelors practice hours.
  • Board Certified APRNs may count a maximum of 500 clinical hours achieved in their APRN master’s program toward the 1000 post-bachelors practice hours. Students will need to submit a copy of active certification during admission as evidence of clinical hours.
  • If you have completed a nursing Master of Administration degree then you must submit a completed and signed practice/clinical hour verification form with school seal verifying the number of master's clinical/practice hours completed during the program of study. Students must submit the verification form to or obtain a certified letter on university letterhead from the master's program at which they completed their master's program and practice hours.

An Online DNP is also available.