Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP)

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) (40 hours)

The purpose of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi DNP program is to provide learning experiences to nurses with advanced preparation that will lead to their acquisition of knowledge and skills essential for reducing the incidence and impact of preventable disease and injury within their communities, improving administration of delivery systems, policymaking, and design or expansion of educational programs. The A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ (CONHS) extensive network of healthcare providers, agencies, and veterans services provides rich practice experiences to enhance the DNP student’s knowledge and skills. These skills are essential in the development of experts responsible for translating evidence to practice.  Please be aware this program was developed to address healthcare needs of South Texans and DNP projects will be completed in the State.

The DNP Program includes two specialty tracks: (1) The Nurse Practitioner Track; and (2) The Executive Leadership Track.

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP) Track: The NP track is designed for nationally certified nurse practitioners holding a current unencumbered license with authority to practice as a nurse practitioner in the state of Texas.
  • Executive Leadership (ExL) Track: The ExL track is designed for nurses holding a Master of Science degree with an administrative focus or equivalent; and holding a current unencumbered license with authority to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Texas.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at (TAMUCC) is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Deadlines

Admission to the DNP program will occur only during the fall semester. 

Final deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 15 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

All completed applications will be reviewed beginning March 1st.  Applicants who submit complete applications by April 15th  will be notified of the admission decision no later than May 15th. 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
 * Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Degree Requirements
    • Nurse Practitioner Track: Have earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited institution.
    • Executive Leadership Track: Have an earned Master of Science in Nursing with an administration focus or equivalent. Equivalent degrees include Master of Business Administration, Master of Healthcare Administration, or Master of Public Administration. Applicants must be prepared to submit program descriptions for evaluation of equivalency.
  • Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) in last 60 credit hours of graduate course work.
  • Complete your application through the CONHS Nursing CAS to include:
    • A 500 word essay in which you explain why you are enrolling in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The essay should cover the three areas identified in the instructions.
    • A detailed professional resume using guidelines provided.
    • Three professional letters of recommendation.
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation). 
    • Nursing License
      • Nurse Practitioner Track:
        • Submit a copy of a current valid unencumbered license with authority to practice as nurse practitioner (NP) in Texas.
        • Provide evidence of national certification appropriate to NP designation.
      • Executive Leadership Track: Submit a copy of a current valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse with authority to practice in Texas.
  • All graduate students are required to have successfully completed a graduate level research course as well as a graduate-level inferential statistics course. The statistics course can be completed prior to admission OR before completing 12 semester hours of DNP course work. Students are responsible to document completion of these courses via a transcript that is submitted to the Graduate Nursing Academic Advisor. Credit earned for the research or inferential statistics courses does not count for credit in the DNP program.
  • Complete an admission interview.

Submit all supporting documents thru CONHS Nursing CAS.

Special Program Requirements
  • Complete a criminal background check.
  • Complete a ten-panel non-chain of custody urine drug screen.
  • Purchase professional liability coverage through the University. Fees for this coverage are included in the fees paid at the time of registration at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Meet Texas Department of State Health Services immunization requirements for students involved with direct patient contact. Students who are not in compliance with these requirements will not be allowed to complete field activities. These requirements, as stated in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Rule 97.64 include the following:

a)Students may be provisionally enrolled for up to one semester to allow students to attend classes while obtaining the required vaccines and acceptable evidence of vaccination.

b)Students cannot be provisionally enrolled without at least one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if direct patient contact will occur during the provisional enrollment period.

c)Polio vaccine is not required. Students enrolled in health-related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.

d)One dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) is required within the last ten years.

e)Students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968.

f)Students must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of rubella vaccine.

g)Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine.

h)Students shall receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus.

i)Students shall receive two doses of varicella vaccine unless the first dose was received prior to thirteen years of age.

  • Complete of a series of hepatitis A vaccine or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis A virus before enrollment in courses with clinical laboratory experiences.
  • Provide results of tuberculosis screening annually.
  • Hold a Current American Heart Association CPR Type C certification.
Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
    • TOEFL/IELTS will be waived if a valid Texas Nursing License is submitted.

 

*TAMUCC DNP Courses for the Nurse Practitioner DNP Track

Prefix and Number Required Courses DNP SCH
NURS 6300 Health Policy and Economics of Advanced Practice 3
NURS 6301 Epidemiology and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 6302 Genomics in Health Care 3
NURS 6303 System Behavior and Impact on Health Care 3
NURS 6304 Application of Evidence in Practice I 3
NURS 6305 Principles of Nursing Education for Teaching and Patient Care 3
NURS 6306 Informatics and Technology for Practice 3
NURS 6307 Application of Evidence in Practice II 3
NURS 6308 DNP Project Proposal 3
NURS 6310 DNP Practicum 3
NURS 6311 DNP Project Report 3
NURS 6321 Application of Advanced Principles for Clinical Practice 3
NURS 6195 DNP Project Seminar
Students will enroll in NURS 6195 in each of their final 4 semesters for supervised DNP Project work.
4
Total 40

*Pending University approval Fall 2019


 

*TAMUCC DNP Courses for the Executive Leadership DNP Track

Prefix and Number Required Courses DNP SCH
NURS 6300 Health Policy and Economics of Advanced Practice 3
NURS 6301 Epidemiology and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS 6302 Genomics in Health Care 3
NURS 6303 System Behavior and Impact on Health Care Quality 3
NURS 6304 Application of Evidence in Practice I 3
NURS 6305 Principles of Nursing Education for Teaching and Patient Care 3
NURS 6306 Informatics and Technology for Practice 3
NURS 6307 Application of Evidence in Practice II 3
NURS 6308 DNP Project Proposal 3
NURS 6310 DNP Practicum 3
NURS 6311 DNP Project Report 3
NURS 6331 Application of Advanced Principles for Executive Practice 3
NURS 6195 DNP Project Seminar
Students will enroll in NURS 6195 in each of their final 4 semesters for supervised DNP Project work.
4
Total 40

*Pending University approval Fall 2019




Field Experiences
Students are expected to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of field experience related to their courses and focus of study. Appropriate field or clinical hours completed in an MSN program will be counted as part of the 1000 hours. Applicants will be required to demonstrate these hours were completed in relevant settings. The Graduate Nursing Department has final authority in approving the total number of hours completed outside the DNP program that can be included in the 1000 hour field experience requirement. Students will be responsible for identifying and selecting agencies or preceptors for their field experiences. For more information please see the CONHS Doctoral Student Handbook under Current Students.

Scholarly Project
All students are must complete a scholarly project as a requirement for the DNP degree. The project provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to develop effective interventions for patients and patient populations with complex health problems. The projects will be completed through multi-disciplinary collaborative partnerships and under faculty guidance.

Transfer Coursework:
The CONHS Graduate Department may accept up to 9 graduate hours for transfer provided that the coursework:
  • Is from an accredited University
  • has a letter grade of B or better (no CR/NC or Pass/ No Pass)
  • has been completed in less than 7 years from the time of graduation in the TAMU-CC program
  • has not been used on a conferred master's degree at another institution
Please correspond with CONHS Graduate Academic Advisor to determine transfer credit. The courses must be evaluated for possible transfer equivalency, so transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi are essential to determine possible transfer credit. These need to be sent to the CONHS Graduate Advisor for consideration.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Additional information

All materials, including applications, transcripts, graduate form, and 3 reference forms must be received by Graduate Admissions by the application deadline. Please allow time for transcript processing, which can take up to two weeks.

Applicants whose documents are not received by Graduate Admissions by the posted date will not be considered for admission.
Please carefully review the application requirements above.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail the Graduate Academic Advisor. Students who have applied for admission in previous semesters should contact the Graduate Academic Advisor to confirm documents are still available for the admissions review.

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Theresa Garcia

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Coordinator

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5805
Office: 361-825-3957
theresa.garcia@tamucc.edu