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TWU College of Nursing receives $600,000 federal grant for DNP program


DENTON/DALLAS — Texas Woman’s University’s College of Nursing has been awarded a $614,959 federal grant for its doctor of nurse practitioner (DNP) degree program.

The funds, to be awarded over a three-year period by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Program, will be used to improve access to TWU’s DNP for nurses serving rural and underserved populations.

“This funding allows us to reach out to master’s-level and advanced practicing nurses in rural and underserved areas to encourage them to enroll in the DNP program,” said Dr. Peggy Mancuso, associate professor of nursing and director of the TWU DNP program. “We also will have the capacity to reach students in remote locations in Texas and surrounding states with the use of technology enhanced education, including clustered on-campus, online and digital video classes.”

TWU received approval to offer the DNP program in 2007, and the first cohort of 16 DNP students began their classes at the TWU Dallas-Parkland campus in June.

“The DNP addresses the state and national need for nursing leaders in advanced nursing practice roles and advanced nursing practice education,” said Dr. Patricia Holden-Huchton, dean of the TWU College of Nursing. “With this funding, the DNP program can begin to address a critical need of care in rural areas and with underserved populations.”

TWU’s DNP program is based at the TWU Dallas-Parkland campus, with support courses offered from the TWU Denton campus. The degree requires 46 credit hours and can be completed in two years. Nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who have a master’s degree in nursing, are certified in their specialty area, are licensed as registered nurses and are recognized or eligible to be recognized as an APN in Texas may apply to the Graduate School for the DNP program. Admission requirements are detailed on the TWU College of Nursing website at www.twu.edu/nursing.

“The DNP is designed to address the need for more highly educated nurses in the country’s increasingly technological-based healthcare system,” said Dr. Caryl Mobley, associate dean of nursing at TWU’s Dallas-Parkland campus. “Nurses who want to pursue doctoral education can choose between a Ph.D., which is research focused, and a DNP, which is the highest level of specialty clinical practice. Both degrees prepare nurses for positions as nursing faculty.”

According to Dr. Mobley, as a practice doctorate, the DNP is similar to several other degrees in health disciplines such as psychology (PsyD), pharmacy (PharmD), physical therapy (DPT), social work (DSW) and medicine (M.D.). Several prestigious national healthcare organizations have called for a nursing practice doctorate to improve the country’s healthcare system. In a 2005 report, the National Academy of Sciences urged the development of a clinical doctoral degree in nursing similar to the M.D. and PharmD in medicine and pharmacy. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) also adopted a position statement in 2004 recommending that nurses practicing at the highest level should receive doctoral level preparation.


With more than 13,000 alumni and more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, TWU has the largest college of nursing in Texas and produces more new nurses than any other program in the state. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, TWU’s College of Nursing is the fifth-largest in the U.S., and the TWU nursing doctoral program is the largest in the country.
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Page last updated January 22, 2009

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