Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Inaugural DNP Class 2011 - Students and Faculty

Inaugural DNP Class 2011 – Students and Faculty

The DNP is the terminal academic preparation for clinical nursing practice.  The DNP builds on the competences of the master’s degree, and adds a highly advanced skill base in informatics and technology, evidence-based practice, continuous quality improvement, and organizational systems and leadership. The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing DNP prepares graduates to:

  1. Synthesize current and emerging science, including genetics/genomics, in the application of advanced practice nursing to the care of individuals, groups, communities, and systems.
  2. Utilize evidenced-based practice, standards of care, ethical decision-making and clinical judgment to support health promotion/restoration and cost-effective, culturally competent quality healthcare.
  3. Model full accountability for professional advancement and lifelong learning.
  4. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to achieve national quality healthcare goals and reduce health disparities.
  5. Assume advanced leadership roles in addressing complex health problems of the border region involving health disparities, ethics, policy, access, quality, and financing.
  6. Establish collegial and collaborative relationships with health professionals to provide comprehensive healthcare management in a variety of settings for individuals, families and communities experiencing chronic illness.
  7. Promote the highest level of professional accountability for nursing and the larger healthcare delivery system through dissemination of evidence-based findings and the use of translational research to improve healthcare outcomes for target populations.

Unique Features:

  • Curriculum aligns with the The Essential of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006).
  • Special consideration is given to NPs that teach or plan to teach or who reside/work or plan to reside/work in rural or medically under-served areas
  • A student cohort will be enrolled each academic year in the full time, 5 semester long program.
  • The prescribed curriculum has been designed for the working advanced practice nurse and uses a blend of on-campus and on-line (Blackboard) delivery systems. 
  • The on-campus classes are conducted one weekend a month (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) during fall and spring and over four weekends during the summer session. For more information please contact:

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