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Doctor of Nursing Practice Online

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Program Overview

The accelerated Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online program 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.

Why Choose UTA Online:

icon $19,800 Total Tuition*
icon As few as 22-27 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $19,800 Total Tuition
icon As few as 22-27 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours

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 may continue in their program without interruption.

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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 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—can complete in 22-27 months
  • Taught by DNP-prepared, experienced faculty from across all areas of practice experience

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Tuition

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education.

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$19,800 Total Tuition
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$1,650 Per Course*
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$550 Per Credit Hour

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Calendar

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice online program offers multiple start dates throughout the year to accommodate your working schedule and busy lifestyle.

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Course Start Application Deadline All Supporting Documents Due Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Session
1/14/2019 12/14/2018 12/28/2018 1/9/2019 1/11/2019 Spring
3/18/2019 2/15/2019 3/1/2019 3/13/2019 3/15/2019 Spring
5/20/2019 4/19/2019 5/3/2019 5/15/2019 5/17/2019 Summer
8/12/2019 7/12/2019 7/26/2019 8/7/2019 8/9/2019 Fall
10/14/2019 9/13/2019 9/27/2019 10/9/2019 10/11/2019 Fall

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Admissions

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

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Doctor of Nursing Practice 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
  • Applicants must be in an active, APRN-related role and must maintain working status while in the DNP program. The same rule applies to those who have their degrees in administration.
  • 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

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Courses

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

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NURS 6320: Leadership in Healthcare Systems

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).

NURS 6322: Translational Research

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).

NURS 6382: Healthcare Policy

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).

NURS 6302: Population Health

Duration: 8 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.

NURS 6321: Epidemiology

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduces the basic principles and biostatistical methods of epidemiology and demonstrates their applicability to population health. Prerequisites: Doctoral standing (DNP or PhD); Graduate Level Statistics (with minimum of a B).

NURS 6324: Clinical Information Systems

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).

NURS 6323: Evidence Appraisal

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).

NURS 6326: Project Proposal Development

Duration: 8 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).

NURS 6620: DNP Practicum I

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.

NURS 6621: DNP Practicum II

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.

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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.

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