Why Choose the UH Andy and Barbara College of Nursing Post Master’s DNP Program?
(Expand/collapse) How much can I earn with a Doctor of Nursing Practice?
(Expand/collapse) Is the Doctor of Nursing Practice program worth the cost?
Currently, Texas and the US have a shortage of primary care providers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job outlook for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) will grow by 31% by 2024. With a much faster than average growth rate, it is predicted that an additional 53,400 APRN will be needed over the next few years. The long-term occupational projections of Projections Central estimate an even greater need in the United States by 2024 of 35.2% of APRNs. It is estimated that the needs in Texas will escalate 46% over that same time period. Several national organizations have called for substantial reform in nursing education to ease the increased need for primary care providers.
The Gessner College of Nursing DNP program will prepare family nurse practitioners (FNP) to provide primary care to individuals across the lifespan predominantly in rural and medically underserved (MUSA) counties surrounding the University of Houston campuses, and nurse executives for advanced leadership roles in healthcare. Area hospitals have expressed a need for advanced practice nurses at the doctoral level in their facilities with family nurse practitioners as the most needed role. Furthermore, additional medical institutions would hire DNPs to fill in the nurse executive needs of the institutions.
Based on current projections, there is not a point in the foreseeable future when the number of DNP prepared nurses will exceed the ever-growing need.
(Expand/collapse) What can I do with a Doctor of Nursing Practice/Where can I work?
A Doctor of Nursing Practice is one of two terminal doctoral degrees in the field of Nursing (the other is a Ph.D. in Nursing). The biggest difference between the two degrees is that the Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice-focused program, while the Ph.D. is a research-focused program. Therefore, those who earn a DNP have completed the highest level of training in nursing practice.
Generally, a nurse who has earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice work in one of two settings:
- Leadership and Administration
- Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)
For those who work in a Leadership and Administration setting, DNPs may work in the following roles:
- Nurse Management
- Organizational leadership
- Health policy - state and national
- Health informatics systems
Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates who take the advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) pathway will provide direct care to patients that include managing, assessing and evaluating care. In the workforce, you may find DNPs in the following roles:
- Nurse Midwife (CNM)
- Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
- Nurse Practitioner (NP)
(Expand/collapse) Is this program fully online?
(Expand/collapse) Where is the program located/Which campus is the program located at?
(Expand/collapse) Are there specialty tracks within the program?
(Expand/collapse) Is this program accredited?
(Expand/collapse) How much is the DNP per credit hour?
Application Process for the Post Master’s DNP Program
(Expand/collapse) When is the deadline to apply?
(Expand/collapse) How often does the program accept applications?
(Expand/collapse) How many applicants do you admit per year/semester?
(Expand/collapse) Do I have to have an MSN, or can I start the program with a BSN?
- Earned baccalaureate degree in nursing from a professionally accredited program.
- Earned master’s degree in an advanced nursing specialty from a professionally accredited nursing program.
- Evidence of current, unencumbered, valid licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or recognized compact.
- Certificate as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) (if applicable).
- Certified, or eligible for certification, in American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive (NE-BC), or ANCC Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) (if applicable).
(Expand/collapse) How many years of experience do I need to start the program?
(Expand/collapse) I am not a US citizen. Can I apply to this program?
(Expand/collapse) Are there pre-requisites that I need to meet before applying to the program?
Qualified APRN applicants are required to have completed separate courses in Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacotherapy, and Advanced Physical Assessment in their MSN program prior to admission to the DNP program. All applicants are required to have completed separate courses in Information Systems/Technology (Essential V), Health Policy and Advocacy (Essential VI), and Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health (Essential VIII) as pre-requisites to admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. In addition, all applicants are expected to have credit for a Graduate-level statistics course.Each applicant will undergo a thorough analysis of completed MSN coursework and clinical experiences prior to admission to assure completion of the necessary coursework to meet the criteria for successful completion of the DNP program. If a student is found to have not completed all necessary courses prior to admission, he/she may take the required pre-requisite coursework in the MSN program. Upon successful completion of all pre-requisites, the student may be admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
(Expand/collapse) I have a license in a compact state, can I apply to the program?
Program Requirements for the Post Master’s DNP Program
(Expand/collapse) How many clinical/practice hours are required?
(Expand/collapse) Do you accept clinical hours earned in an MSN program?
(Expand/collapse) If I didn’t complete any clinical hours in my MSN Administration program, can I still apply?
(Expand/collapse) Do I have to find my own site/facility?
(Expand/collapse) Do I have to write a dissertation?
(Expand/collapse) How long does it take to complete the program?
(Expand/collapse) Do I get to select a mentor or am I assigned a mentor?
(Expand/collapse) What requirements are needed to graduate with a DNP?
- Complete the required credit hours as outlined for the DNP program
- Earn a grade of at least “B” in all required courses
- Submit an approved DNP Portfolio
- File an “Application for Graduation” prior to the deadline established each semester
- Be enrolled during the semester of graduation
- Pay required graduation fees
- Complete the DNP curriculum within 5 years from admission or have been granted an approved extension (DNP Handbook)