Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program is a Post-Master’s program for advanced practice nurses certified in the family nurse practitioner role. The post master’s entrance for the proposed PVAMU DNP program will build on the professional nurse’s depth and scope of knowledge and information management to become increasingly adept in the application of evidence-based science to practice. The DNP program positions the graduate in exhibiting transformational leadership to effect and generate health policy development, evidence-base practice careers, and evaluation in collaboration with inter-professional teams and partnerships.

The program of study is 39 credit hours that could be completed in 19 months (full-time enrollment option) and 28 months (part-time enrollment option). Students complete 33 credits of required courses and 6 credits of free electives. The required courses represent didactic, a practice residency, and a capstone project. The program is presented in a hybrid online format with required face-to-face meetings and is offered at approved off-campus sites – the College of Nursing, 6436 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77030 and the PVAMU Northwest Houston Campus, 9449 Grant Road, Houston, Texas 77070.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Plan of Study

Admission Requirements

Applicants applying for admission to the DNP Program must have:

  • An earned master’s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • hold a current license as a registered nurse in the State of Texas or have proof of licensure in another state; and not have an encumbered license to practice nursing in another jurisdiction
  • An official transcript of all academic work (undergraduate and graduate) from each college or university previously attended
  • A minimum of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during undergraduate studies, and a minimum of 3.30 during master’s degree graduate studies
  • Completed master’s level courses in nursing research and advanced statistics.
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score: Verbal 500, Quantitative 500, Analytic 3, and Writing Analysis 3.5
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member in a nursing program
  • A current resume or curriculum vita
  • Documentation of a completed state and/or federal background check, including fingerprints
  • An interview with the program admission committee members
  • Certification and recognition as an advance practice nurse (FNP)
  • A scholarly writing sample (e.g., thesis, publication, professional paper, or proposal)
  • Strong commitment for program completion and leadership in an advanced nursing practice role

Applicants, who have not completed a graduate statistics course or master’s level course in nursing research in less than five years, will be required to complete one master’s and/or advanced statistics before or upon entering the DNP sequence of courses.  Satisfactory performance with a minimum grade of “B” will be required, and the student must complete the nursing research and/or statistics course within the first semester of enrollment in the program.

How to Apply

  1. Complete Texas Online Application and Pay Online ($50.00) at
    • This information goes directly to the Graduate School at the Main Campus and instantly generates a temporary student ID number that becomes permanent based on acceptance to the program.
  2. Make a copy of the online payment and attach to the information listed in step 3.
  3. Complete and Submit a Complete Application Packet and with all items listed on the application checklist to the College of Nursing – Houston Site: ATTN: Graduate Admissions – DNP Program Prairie View A&M University – College of Nursing 6436 Fannin Street Houston, Texas 77030

For more information, please review the DNP Application Packet

Contact Information

Annie Gilliam
Phone: 713-797-7073

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