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Post-Master’s DNP Admission

Post-Master’s DNP Admission



Admission to the graduate program is open to qualified registered nurses. Admission is competitive and an individualized approach is used to identify applicants with demonstrated academic achievement and potential, who have a strong motivation to succeed in academic study and professional practice, and the potential to function as a leader in advanced practice and healthcare delivery or nursing education. GPA, performance on the GRE, writing and speaking skills, and prior professional experience are used to assess applicants for admission. A profile of each applicant is developed based on an admission portfolio consisting of:

  • A master’s degree with a focus in specialty nursing or administration and a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale
  • Receipt of two official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended sent directly to the DNP Office listed below
  • Unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the U.S.
  • Resume or curriculum vita
  • Three professional references (suggestions are from a supervisor, previous faculty or other professional reference) sent directly to the DNP Office listed below
  • Satisfactory completion of an in-person interview
  • An essay addressing specific personal, academic, and/or professional strengths or accomplishments and how these qualify you as a strong candidate for the TCU DNP program, your interest in a practice doctorate and how the program goals will help you achieve your goals, and an overview of your proposed area of interest for your final capstone project. The essay is to be double-spaced with one-inch margins, Times New Roman size 12 font, and a maximum length of two pages.
  • Priority consideration is given to applicants with at least two years’ experience in the post-master’s role

For advanced practice roles:

  • Current recognition as advanced practice registered nurse by state board of nursing in a state where role is recognized
  • Click here for online APRN application

For nurse administrator roles:

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse
  • A master’s degree with a focus in administration (additional coursework will be required if the master’s degree is not in nursing)
  • National certification in administration is preferred
  • Click here for online Nurse Administrator application

*All submitted materials become the property of TCU.

Satisfactory completion of drug screen and background check will be required prior to beginning practicum hours.

If accepted, a $500 non-refundable deposit is due with your letter of intent to hold your position. Upon successful completion of your second semester, the $500 deposit will be applied to your student account.

Mailing Address:

Texas Christian University
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
TCU Box 298627
Fort Worth, TX 76129

Physical Address:

Texas Christian University
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
2800 W. Bowie
Annie Richardson Bass Bldg.
Room 3133
Fort Worth, TX 76109

Office: 817-257-6726
FAX: 817-257-8383

Financial Aid

A DNP from TCU Nursing is an investment in your future, but you don’t have to make it alone. Find out what kind of assistance is available from the TCU Office of Financial Aid.

Due to higher education regulations and the complexity of rules and regulations of some states, Texas Christian University (TCU), is currently unable to accept new applications for admissions to our distance education programs and courses from students residing in Massachusetts. TCU is also unable to allow for-credit field experiences, including internships, clinical, and practicums to take place in this states. We regret this restriction as it is our goal to offer a quality education to students everywhere.

Please visit our interactive map showing state authorization.