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Post-Master’s DNP

The TCU Post-Master’s DNP Program will prepare 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.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

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

Nurse Administrators/Executives

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) and a Master’s degree in nursing administration and current RN licensure in the state in which the student practices is required. 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 (3 credit hours) for those whose Master’s degree is not in nursing will be required prior to beginning the DNP courses. Nursing administration certification is highly recommended.

Other Master’s Prepared Nurses

Nurses with a MSN with a focus other than advanced practice or administration are eligible to apply (Nurse Educators, Clinical Nurse Leaders, Nurse Informatics specialists, and Forensic Nurses).

All applicants with a 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
  • 30 hours total (20 hours didactic, 4  hours practicum, 6 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.