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The TWU DNP is designed to prepare Advanced Practice Nurses to function as expert clinicians who integrate and evaluate evidenced-based practices in acute and primary care settings. The DNP curriculum broadens and expands on the skills of the master's prepared Advanced Practice Nurse to include:
  • Enhanced clinical expertise
  • Implementation of healthcare informatics technologies
  • Increased depth in the application of scientific advances and health care organizational concepts to nursing practice

Additional Program Information

Before You Apply

How to Apply

  1. Complete the DNP Application form online at at
  2. Send two (2)letters of recommendation using the Letter of Recommendation Form (Dallas campus or Houston campus) [Word] to the DNP program coordinator at your preferred campus (see contact below) 
  3. For further information about the DNP program, please contact the following:

Dallas - Vanessa Cavazos, Graduate Secretary, (214) 689-6597
Houston - Dr. Sandra Cesario, DNP Program Coordinator, (713) 794-2110


Application Information

It is possible for DNP students to begin coursework during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.  Applications need to be received so they can be processed and completed within the TWU system before the semester begins.  Please allow 6 to 8 weeks prior to the semester start for submission and processing of your application.   

TWU Graduate School application includes submission of the required application form, all transcripts, and scores from the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller's Analogies Test. The DNP admission packet includes the applicant's curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and an essay describing the applicant's professional goals.


Dr. Lois O'Quin, Coordinator - Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (Dallas Center)
College of Nursing
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas TX 75235-7299  

Dr. Sandra Cesario, Coordinator, PhD and DNP Programs (Houston Center)
College of Nursing
6700 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030-2897

Program Goals

The educational goals of the TWU DNP program are to prepare expert Advanced Practice Nurses who will:

  1. Apply evidence from nursing and the biophysical, psychosocial, behavioral, and clinical sciences to complex health issues.
  2. Synthesize concepts of health promotion, genetics, and disease prevention in managing complex health problems.
  3. Implement health care delivery models and informatics strategies designed for quality improvement in patient care.
  4. Analyze existing research and design and conduct evaluations of clinical interventions to implement evidence-based practice.
  5. Employ an evidence-based framework when conducting research on clinical interventions.
  6. Develop and advocate for health care policy.
  7. Collaborate with other health professionals to provide high quality, ethical patient-centered care that meets current standards of best practice.
  8. Apply expert clinical judgment in providing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and management of health and illness in diverse populations.
  9. Provide visionary nursing leadership through contributions to the management and guidance of health care systems.

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