2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an innovative, solution-focused program designed to prepare advanced practice nurses and nursing administrators to lead efforts in solving complex healthcare issues and developing new healthcare opportunities. Building on TCU's mission, "Learning to Change the World," DNP students are charged with "Making a Difference in Healthcare."

The practice doctorate in nursing provides the terminal academic preparation for nursing practice. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to assume clinical leadership positions in a variety of healthcare, business, government and educational organizations.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and scholarship in nursing practice.
  2. Utilize scientific knowledge to evaluate new and current approaches in nursing practice and healthcare delivery to promote optimal outcomes.
  3. Provide leadership in organizations and systems to assure quality care delivery models.
  4. Design, deliver, direct and disseminate evidence-based practices.
  5. Use information systems to design, select, use and evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.
  6. Advocate for healthcare practice change through policy development and evaluation.
  7. Assume leadership roles for effective trans-disciplinary collaboration to achieve optimal outcomes.
  8. Employ ethical principles to decision-making in healthcare practices and systems.
  9. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and judgment in the management of complex clinical situations and systems.

TCU Nursing offers the post-Master’s DNP program for those who have previously earned a Master’s degree in an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Nurse Administrator role and the post-Baccalaureate DNP program for students with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.