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Executive Nurse Leadership & Practice DNP (MSN to DNP)

The TCU Nursing Executive Nurse Leadership & Practice (ENLP) DNP is an online practice doctorate that prepares nurses with a Master’s degree in nursing (MSN) or related field (e.g., MBA, MHA, MPH, Leadership, etc.) for this terminal degree who are actively engaged in nursing practice to be exceptional health care leaders and experts in advanced nursing practice.

The ENLP DNP degree may be completed in two years of full-time study or three years part-time study. The degree is composed of didactic, practicum, and four courses focused on fulfilling the DNP Scholarly Project requirements.

Requirements for Master’s preparation are as follows:


Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

A Master’s degree from an accredited program and current recognition as an advanced practice registered nurse by appropriate certification and licensing boards are required for admission to the advanced practice track. TCU’s program is open to all advanced practice roles: Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Certified Nurse Midwives. All students are required to maintain their advance practice recognition through practice requirements defined by appropriate certification and licensing boards during the program.

Nurse Administrators/Executives

For direct matriculation into the DNP nursing administration track, a Master’s degree in nursing administration and current registered nurse licensure. Employment in an administrative role or prior experience in this role is preferred. A Master’s degree in business administration (MBA), healthcare administration (HCA), or other leadership Master’s will be considered on an individual basis. If accepted to the program, a leveling course in nursing research and theory (1 credit hour) for those whose Master’s degree is not in nursing will be required prior to beginning the DNP courses.

Other Master’s Prepared Nurses

Nurses with an MSN with a focus other than advanced practice or administration are eligible and welcome to apply. All applicants with an MSN other than in advanced practice and administration will be reviewed on an individual basis and a gap analysis will be performed to determine if additional course work is required prior to admission to the DNP program.


Program Highlights

  • Admission requirements
  • Online format
  • 34 hours total (27 hours didactic, 2  hours practicum, 5 hours DNP Project)
  • Two year track and three year track available
  • A total of 1,000 clinical hours beyond the BSN is required and up to 500 hours verified clinical hours from the master’s program may be awarded

See the course catalog to learn more about our curriculum.