DNP to PhD Bridge

Add research skills to your clinical expertise through Texas Woman's University’s DNP to PhD Bridge program.

While both a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science (PhD) are terminal nursing degrees, the educational requirements for each differ with one focused more on clinical practice and the other focused on in-depth research.

If you are a DNP looking for greater knowledge on research methodology or aspiring to conduct original research, TWU’s Bridge program is for you.

Realizing that students have different needs and varying learning styles, TWU offers two formats for the Bridge program. At the Denton campus, the program is offered 100% online and has received the Quality Matters Implementation Plan award for online learning.

A hybrid program incorporating both face-to-face and online classes is available at our Houston campus.

In both campus formats, students may attend either full time or part time.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to TWU’s graduate school.  There are additional requirements for program admission which can be found in the course catalog.

Program Requirements

The DNP to PhD Bridge program requires 35 semester credit hours beyond the DNP degree and includes six hours for dissertation plus an additional 12 hours of research tools.

Upon admission, each student is assigned a major advisor from the graduate nursing faculty. Together, the student and advisor will plan the first 12 hours of course work. Students must contact their advisor prior to enrolling in any course work.

A list of required courses for completion of the Bridge program can be found in the course catalog.

Offered: Dallas Center, Houston Center

Take the next step.

Apply for Admission

Candidates for admission to the DNP to PhD Bridge program are required to meet the general requirements for graduate admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: Feb. 1 (online program); May 1 (Houston program)
  • Spring semester: September 15 (Houston only)

Contacts for the PhD program

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