Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

Earn the highest clinically focused nursing degree available in the field and prepare to become a leader in the healthcare system.

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Program Overview

Learn more about the online DNP program

The accelerated Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program from UTA is geared toward active, advanced practice and MSN-prepared nurses who want to make a difference for the patients they serve by evaluating and implementing evidence-based findings to positively influence outcomes.

This online, accelerated DNP program will give you the ability to research and synthesize the complex challenges of the healthcare environment to provide innovative practice solutions for the workplace. Prepare to lead change in addressing the challenges faced by today's healthcare providers with evidence-based strategies and methods. This program prepares nurses for leadership in clinical practice, consultative or policy-setting roles.

Courses include leadership within health systems, translational research, healthcare policy, epidemiology and a practicum. Job opportunities for DNP graduates are varied and could include positions in hospitals, government or private practice.

The UTA online DNP program includes these key elements:

  • The flexibility of 100% online/asynchronous coursework
  • Designed specifically for working, board-certified APRNs, post-master's nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists or nurses with an MSN in Administration
  • Equips nurses to make an impact through research and critical analysis to synthesize findings and determine best practices in healthcare workplace environments
  • Accelerated coursework with faster program completion
  • Taught by doctoral-prepared, experienced faculty from across all areas of practice experience

As a graduate of this online program, you will be prepared to:

  • Translate clinical and/or administrative science to transform practice
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership in promoting interprofessional collaboration and quality improvement
  • Appraise and synthesize the evidence for translation in advanced nursing practice
  • Apply knowledge of information systems and technology in the evaluation and use of data to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Analyze and advocate policy to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Evaluate issues and trends in global and population health to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Translate clinical and/or administrative science to transform practice
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership in promoting interprofessional collaboration and quality improvement
  • Appraise and synthesize the evidence for translation in advanced nursing practice
  • Apply knowledge of information systems and technology in the evaluation and use of data to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Analyze and advocate policy to improve healthcare outcomes
  • Evaluate issues and trends in global and population health to improve healthcare outcomes

Career opportunities for graduates of the CCNE-accredited DNP program are varied and could include clinically oriented leadership positions in:

  • Hospitals
  • Government
  • Private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Government
  • Private practice

State Authorization

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states will need approval to continue uninterrupted in their programs in accordance with applicable state laws. Approval is not guaranteed.

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UTA offers a wide variety of nursing programs online. Check out all of our online nursing programs.

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Total Tuition $23,760
Duration As few as 27-32 months
Credit Hours 36

Accreditation

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The baccalaureate, master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs and the post-graduate APRN certificate program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Tuition

Choosing our online program is cost-effective

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education. That's why this online program offers pay-by-the course options.

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $23,760
Per Credit Hour $660

Calendar

Our course schedule is designed for flexibility

The Doctor of Nursing Practice online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your professional and personal schedule.

8-week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Fall I8/19/247/19/248/2/248/14/248/16/24
Fall II10/14/249/13/249/27/2410/9/2410/11/24
Spring I1/6/2512/13/2412/27/241/1/251/3/25

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Apply Date 7/19/24
Class Starts 8/19/24

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Admissions

Follow the admission steps for the UTA online DNP program

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation admission process is the first step toward changing your life and enriching the lives of others. Familiarize yourself with these admission requirements, along with information on required documentation.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Active RN license

Online Admission Requirements

  • Applicants may apply to enter the DNP program with an APRN or a MSN Administration degree from an accredited program
  • The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with a master's in nursing/nursing science
  • Current vita
  • GPA on master's course work (3.5 unconditional)
  • Prerequisite: Graduate level statistics course with a grade B or better
  • International students are required to have a TSE score of 40 or higher. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL score requirement includes minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test, and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16; or IELTS minimum score of 7.0.
  • Current unencumbered RN license from any U.S. state or territory
  • Current NP practice or current Nurse Administrator practice.
  • Prior to enrolling in courses requiring clinical practice, the student will be required to meet the following additional criteria:
    • Professional liability insurance
    • Immunizations required by the CONHI
    • Clear criminal background check
    • Negative drug screen

Effective for students starting Fall 2019, prospective DNP students must have a 3.5 graduate-level GPA for unconditional admission. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0-3.49 will be considered for probationary admission. Students admitted on a probationary basis must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in their first two semesters.

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Learn more about our admission requirements, review the nursing handbook and policies, and discover tips for success on the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) page.

Courses

Gain the knowledge you need from the online DNP program curriculum

To complete the DNP online program, students must complete the following courses.

Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on analyzing determinants of health, then designing health strategies to improve outcomes of populations.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will develop clinical scholarship and analytical methods to improve healthcare outcomes. It will be the first course in the DNP curriculum. Graduate Standing; Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a fixed first course that focuses on the role of DNP-prepared nurses in influencing systems level change. Prerequisites: Doctoral standing (DNP only).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a review of core research concepts as a foundation for evidence appraisal and translation. New practice-based clinical inquiry methods and strategies to promote translational science are explored for application in the DNP role. Prerequisites: NURS 6320; Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Critique policies and development processes to provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies influencing institutional, local, state, federal and/or international healthcare outcomes. Prerequisites: Doctorals (DNP or PhD); Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B).
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed for doctoral students, this course focuses on analyzing determinants of health and designing health strategies to improve population outcomes. Prerequisites: Doctoral standing (DNP or PhD); Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B). NOTE: This course may also be offered as NURS 6307.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the selection, assessment and use of information systems, technology and data to evaluate and monitor outcomes of care, care systems and quality improvement. Prerequisites: NURS 6320; NURS 6322; Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B).
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
During this course, students will use analytic methods to critically appraise existing literature and other evidence to determine and implement the best evidence for practice. Prerequisites: NURS 6320; NURS 6322; Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B).
Duration: 13 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student an opportunity to design evidence-based process and interventions to improve practice and the practice environment. Prerequisites: NURS 6320; NURS 6322; NURS 6323; Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B).
Duration: 13 weeks
Credit Hours: 6
During this course, students implement evidence-based solutions that influence health outcomes. Prerequisites: Completion of all DNP didactic course work. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0). Grade: F,R,P,W. NOTE: This course may also be offered as NURS 6331 and NURS 6332.
Duration: 13 weeks
Credit Hours: 6
This is a fixed last course. During this course, students evaluate evidence-based solutions that influence health outcomes. Prerequisites: Completion of all DNP didactic course work and DNP Practicum I. Good academic standing (GPA 3.0). Grade: F,R,P,W. NOTE: This course may also be offered as NURS 6333 and NURS 6334.

Additional Information

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour of the course. This means a 3 credit-hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

To see which courses are going to be offered on each start date, download the course schedule.

* Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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