UT Tyler Graduate Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at The University of Texas at Tyler is unique among practice doctoral programs in Texas and throughout the entire United States. It is unique because nurses can study online in the communities where they live, undertaking collaborative scholarly projects while they prepare to become change agents who influence the future of healthcare. Live webinars with instructors and structured meeting times provide opportunities for learning, team building, and socialization. The DNP program at UT Tyler prepares expert nurse leaders to address complex health issues in a variety of settings.

  • The program is primarily online, except for clinical experiences at locations of students' choosing. Occasional on-campus experiences may occur, but students will be notified of these in advance.
  • Enroll in this highly successful, competitive program! Among universities nationwide, UT Tyler offers a DNP program that’s in high demand.

Graduates of the UT Tyler nursing DNP program are employed in a wide variety of roles as consultants, administrators, professors, practitioners, and policymakers. Our graduates, educated as expert “change agents,” can be found in many academic and healthcare organizations across the country and around the globe.

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UT Tyler DNP Scholarly Project Final Reports

DNP Program Features

  • Design and implement evidence-based practice/quality improvement projects that contribute to the improvement of healthcare and foster the translation and implementation of research into practice.
  • Understand how to incorporate research findings into the development of policies pertinent to nursing and health, both nationally and internationally.
  • Focus on ensuring healthy communities through service-learning activities as statewide disaster planning and involvement in the Cancer Foundation for Life, March of Dimes, and other events.

The program is completed over three years and consists of 39 credit hours and 1,000 clinical hours. Up to 650 of the clinical hours students earned post-BSN may count toward the 1000 hours.  Each student’s clinical hours are evaluated on a case by case basis. 

Program Objectives

The DNP program prepares nurse leaders as healthcare change agents to

  • Synthesize scientific evidence for the development of initiatives for best practices.
  • Analyze policy, care delivery, and organizational systems for current and future health care needs of patients and populations.
  • Integrate health care informatics and evidence-based approaches in scholarship to critically evaluate, design and implement quality health care services for individuals, populations, and systems.
  • Translate scientific, theoretical, ethical, and cultural principles into health care for individuals, families, and populations.
  • Assume interdisciplinary leadership roles to advance health care delivery at the organizational and systems level and to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  • Advocate for social justice, equity, and ethical policies in health care.

DNP Faculty: Student-Focused, Community-Engaged 

  • Receive personal support from professors who are committed to helping you reach your career goals.
  • Study with faculty members who are respected leaders in the field of nursing and active members of professional organizations including the following:
    • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty
    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    • American Nursing Informatics Association
    • Oncology Nursing Society
    • Wilderness Medicine
    • Sigma Theta Tau International

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