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UT Arlington adds Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to degree offerings

News Release — 17 February 2009


Media contact: Sue Stevens; Susan March, (817) 272-3317; (817) 272-2776,;

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing has announced the addition of a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program beginning fall 2009. The program will build on the current nurse practitioner programs in the masters program and develop extended direct patient care management knowledge and expertise for nurse practitioners.   

The DNP is designed as a post-masters program to prepare nurse practitioners who demonstrate leadership, clinical expertise and innovation in problem recognition and resolution using evidence based practice. Courses will include research, translation of evidence into clinical practice, vulnerable populations, epidemiology and specialized clinical practice in adult, gerontology, family, pediatrics and psychiatric-mental health.  The 45 credit hour program will be implemented using blended on-line, intensive/immersion and traditional classroom delivery formats. 

Contact Dr. Mary Schira, associate dean, at (817) 272-2776 or visit the website for more information on the DNP and admission requirements. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Poster, dean of the School of Nursing, at (817) 272-2776 or for information on the School of Nursing.

UT Arlington's School of Nursing is one of the 20 largest schools of nursing in the United States. With more than 1,200 students and 110  faculty members, it is committed to educating nurses who effectively and quickly integrate into the health care environment and are life-long learners and leaders. Currently the masters program in nursing offers MSN and Post MSN Certificate Nurse Practitioner (NP) Programs in the areas of Acute and Primary Care Pediatrics, Neonatal, Acute and Primary Care Adult, Emergency, Family, Gerontology and Psychiatric-Mental Health, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration. A Masters of Nursing Education program that prepares nurses to practice as nurse educators in schools of nursing and health care delivery systems started Fall 2008. The Nursing Administration program offers an MSN, Dual MSN/HCAD  and MSN/MBA, and a joint MSN/MPH (with the University of North Texas).  The PhD program focuses on diverse  and vulnerable populations in the preparation of nursing faculty and nurse scientists .

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