Doctor of Nursing Practice

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:

  • Synthesize current and emerging science, including genetics/genomics, in the application of advanced practice nursing to the care of individuals, groups, communities, and systems.
  • 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.
  • Model full accountability for professional advancement and lifelong learning.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to achieve national quality healthcare goals and reduce health disparities.
  • Assume advanced leadership roles in addressing complex health problems of the border region involving health disparities, ethics, policy, access, quality, and financing.
  • 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.
  • 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.

DNP Program at a Glance:

  • Curriculum aligns with 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.


Dr. Hector Morales
Clinical Assistant Professor.
Director: MSN-DNP
915-747-7235, Rm. 371