Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP)

College of Nursing & Health Sciences


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 Degree is offered completely online and only admits new students in the Fall semester.

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 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( CCNE Logo


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

Final deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall 2021 Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 15 Not Offered Not Offered Not Offered

All completed TAMUCC ApplyTexas applications may be reviewed as early as March 1st.  Applicants who submit complete applications by April 1st  will be notified of the admission decision approximately by July 15th

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
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.


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.
  • 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 your ApplyTexas application materials to after you have received a Student ID. Required Application materials include:


REQUIREMENT #1: Submit an Application at- Apply Texas

Once you have submitted via Apply Texas you will receive a Student ID (A#) from TAMUCC In 3-5 business days. You will need this A# throughout the application process.


REQUIREMENT #2: Submit a Resume- Please email to with your student ID (A#) and the program you are applying for in the subject line.

This resume should not simply be a list of the places where you have worked but should include an outline of your professional and scholarly activities. It may be more than one page. You should present your information starting with most recent activities and ending with your earlier experiences. You can include activities you completed as a student if you graduated from your undergraduate program less than two years ago. Include in your resume                 

  • Name and contact information
  • Education (date and name of institutions where degrees earned)
  • Professional licensures and certification with expiration dates noted
  • Employment (include relevant details to demonstrate level of expertise where appropriate)
  • Awards and honors
  • Research experiences (in any role other than participant)
  • Publications, presentations, workshops in which you were a speaker/presenter
  • Professional membership (indicate leadership roles when appropriate)
  • Workplace committee/taskforce memberships (include leadership positions you may have held in these experiences)
  • Other organizational memberships (include leadership roles when appropriate)


REQUIREMENT #3: Prepare an essay/personal statement to explain your reason for enrolling in a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.  The essay should be no more than 500 words.  Please email to with your student ID (A#) and the program you are applying for in the subject line. You should address the following questions: 

  1. Describe your area of practice interest.  Explain how the DNP degree advances your career goals (specifically describe the elements of the doctoral program that will contribute to your goals).
  2. Describe the population and problem you are interested in studying for your DNP Capstone/Scholarly Project.
  3. Describe one or two evidence-based strategies for improving the practice-based problem you have identified. Citations of relevant resources should be used to support your strategies.


REQUIREMENT #4: All applicants must have a valid unencumbered Texas Nursing License

(College of Nursing & Health Sciences will conduct primary validation of Nursing Licenses)

  • Nurse Practitioner Track:
    • Current valid unencumbered license with authority to practice as nurse practitioner (NP) in Texas.
    • National certification appropriate to NP designation.
  • Executive Leadership Track:
    • Current valid unencumbered license as a registered nurse with authority to practice in Texas.


    REQUIREMENT #5: Have 3 references submit the- CONHS Reference Form

    To do this, go to Recommendation Request.  Fill out your information and provide 3-4 recommender email addresses.  The emails you provide will receive a prompt to complete the CONHS Reference Form on your behalf.  They DO NOT need to submit an original recommendation letter. Three reference must be received for this requirement to be considered complete.



    • Submit transcripts
      Official transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or university attended. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi from the granting institutions.


    NOTE: International students please see “Additional International Applicant Requirements” below.

    For clarification, applicants should contact Graduate Academic Advisor, Mrs. Elizabeth Rivera:

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.
  • Hold a Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross CPR certification.
  • 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.

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.


Core DNP Courses

The core nursing courses consist of graduate-level study of the scientific knowledge that comprises the discipline and profession of nursing, and prepares the student for advanced nursing practice.

Total: 33 Hours

  • NURS 6300 - Health Policy and Economics for the DNP 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6301 - Epidemiology and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6302 - Genomics in Health Care 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6303 - System Behavior and Impact on Health Care 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6304 - Application of Evidence in Practice I 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6305 - Principles of Nursing Education for Teaching and Patient Care 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6306 - Informatics and Technology for Advanced Practice 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6307 - Application of Evidence in Practice II 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6308 - DNP Project Proposal 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6310 - DNP Practicum (3) 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 6311 - DNP Project Report 3 sem. hrs.


Nurse Practitioner Specialty Course

Total: 3 Hours

  • NURS 6321 - Application of Advanced Principles for Clinical Nursing Practice 3 sem. hrs.


Nurse Executive Specialty Course

Total: 3 Hours

  • NURS 6331 - Advanced Principles for Executive Practice 3 sem. hrs.


DNP Seminar

Total: 4 Hours

Students will enroll in NURS 6395 in each of their final 4 semesters for supervised DNP Project work.

  • NURS 6395 - DNP Project Seminar 1-3 sem. hrs.


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 (up to 500). 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. 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


DNP Project

All students 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. 

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. Tammy McGarity

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Coordinator

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5805
Office: 361-825-2607