Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Take your next step in nursing to become a transformative nursing leader and shape the future of health care with the newly redesigned Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Texas Woman's University. 

Now you can earn your DNP in 40 credit hours and as few as eight semesters with entirely online curriculum. In addition, you will be able to network in some of the best medical centers in the world while completing a one-of-a-kind DNP scholarly project and 540 practicum hours.

Our program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and prepares nursing leaders for the highest level of professional practice with competencies to meet demands of the nation's complex healthcare environment.

DNP graduates from TWU are prepared as implementation scholars based on a curriculum that focuses on:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Organization and systems leadership
  • Health policy and finance
  • Information technology
  • Population health

DNP-prepared nurses transform healthcare by implementing the science developed by nurse researchers.

DNP Program Requirements

The DNP program is an entirely online curriculum with an in-person colloquium and requires as few as 40 credit hours to complete. In addition, 540 practicum hours are required in the candidate’s selected area of clinical expertise as well as completion of a DNP scholarly project. The DNP scholarly project is an evidence-based solution to a clinical problem.

Offered: Dallas Center, Houston Center

For more info, check the degree plan and the DNP Student Handbook below.

Degree Plan

DNP Student Handbook

Admission Requirements

Admission to Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Program Contact

Jayne Jennings Dunlap, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Interim DNP Program Director

Application Deadlines

Fall - February 15
Spring - September 15

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of a master’s degree in a nursing program from a nationally accredited program (e.g., APRN, Nursing Health Systems Management, Public Health Nursing, Nursing Informatics).
  • Current U.S. RN license (unencumbered).
  • If applicable, must have an unencumbered APRN license; APRN certification (nationally accredited) or eligibility to be recognized as an APRN in any state.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all prior graduate-level coursework for unconditional admission. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis.
  • Since the graduation from the DNP requires 1,000 clinical hours, post BSN, an assessment will be made of the number of hours brought forward from the master's degree. 
  • Interview may be required (virtual).
  • Collect and submit the following documents:
    • Letter addressing professional goals
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
      Submit as PDF files in ONE email to the DNP Program Director (above) with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME- DNP)
  • Email addresses for two academic or professional references familiar with your academic capabilities, who can complete a  recommendation form to be requested through and submitted into the application.

How to Apply

Begin by finding your program in TWU's Program, Majors & Degrees listings to see if your program has additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  (This information is for all programs. The application deadline for your specific program will be listed in the Program Requirements.  Use that deadline as it applies below.  (Example: if a program only admits once a year and has a Fall deadline for 2023 of March 1, you would need to be looking to apply to the next deadline for Fall 2024.)

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs according to the start semester and application portals below:
    • Spring 2024 - All programs apply via ApplyTexas EXCEPT applicants to the College of Business, Child Life, or Child Development master's programs or the Child Development and Early Education PhD program who should apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal.
      • Note: When applying through ApplyTexas, you will need to submit any required Documents directly to the program website.
    • Summer & Fall 2024 - All graduate programs apply via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal. Required documents will be asked for and uploaded into the application.

  2. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee, ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants can be paid by:
    • Credit card - Online through the portal you applied on (either ApplyTexas or TWU's Online Graduate Application).
    • Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 301 Research Circle, Room 220; Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    • Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (2nd floor of GRB).
    • Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar application Fee waiver. Submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission Form.

  3. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU.  See the International Admission website for more details.

For more information on graduate admissions or to contact an admissions official, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants.

Questions about the DNP program?

Jayne Jennings Dunlap, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, EBP-C
Interim DNP Program Director

Out-of-State Students

If a resident of another state, contact Interim DNP Program Director Jayne Jennings Dunlap (prior to applying) to determine whether the TWU DNP program fulfills the requirements for licensure in your home state.

Page last updated 1:46 PM, September 13, 2023