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The future of healthcare depends on strong leadership from excellent clinicians. The graduate nursing programs at TU provide this education through rigorous didactic and clinical experiences that prepare nurses to provide care and lead change into the future. The School of Nursing offers cutting edge Advanced Practice Nursing graduate programs that culminate with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

Our programs are taught by practicing experts in their fields. Students learn through active learning experiences using state of the art human patient simulation and hands on learning through facilitated on site clinical experiences. Students are matched with faculty and preceptors that will promote learning. Faculty believe that students should be free to concentrate on learning rather than the administrative work of locating preceptors.

The DNP program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.

The DNP program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The School of Nursing is a member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to sit for national board certification in their respective field of study after accreditation is granted by the ACEN.

Program Objectives

The core DNP curriculum is based on the guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice that denotes eight essential broad competencies to be met by the DNP Program graduates. Program Learning Outcomes are program specific.

At the completion of the program, students will:

  1. Develop new practice approaches based on nursing theory and theories borrowed from other disciplines to improve health and reduce health disparities locally, nationally and globally.
  2. Employ strategic leadership skills and interprofessional collaboration to influence health policy, advocate for social justice, and promote equity locally, nationally, and globally.
  3. Implement ethical, cost effective and evidence-based changes in care systems, while advancing the profession.
  4. Provide leadership at the highest levels to design, direct and evaluate system changes to deliver and promote patient-centered care that is culturally competent, safe, timely, effective, efficient and equitable.
  5. Engage in complex, evidence-based advanced nursing practice, and evaluate innovative approaches to care delivery for individuals, communities and populations.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) Program is designed to prepare nurses for Advanced Practice in providing acute care and critical care for patients from adolescence to end of life. The AG-ACNP practices across all settings in providing restorative care for acute illness and acute exacerbations of chronic disease. While most AG-ACNPs practice in the hospital setting, others may practice in specialty clinics.

The AG-ACNP curriculum has been designed to provide intensive preparation for the nurse practitioner to enter practice in a critical care, hospital, or clinic based setting. The courses build on the knowledge gained in undergraduate nursing education and the experiences of providing direct acute and critical care at the bedside. This experience is crucial to success in the program.

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Family Nurse Practitioner Program

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program is designed to prepare nurses for Advanced Practice in providing primary care across the lifespan. The FNP program provides intensive preparation to provide comprehensive primary care with an interdisciplinary focus. The program prepares students using didactic learning, laboratory skills, human patient simulation, and extensive clinical experiences providing care for all ages of patients.

Students in the FNP program will have the opportunity to learn in clinical experiences in the multidisciplinary TU Health Clinic, in addition to health clinics in Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma. Clinical sites are arranged by faculty to provide the best learning opportunity.

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Post-Master's to DNP Completion

The post-master’s D.N.P. program at TU is designed to provide advanced practice nurses (i.e., CRNAs, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, or Certified Nurse Midwives) with the opportunity to advance their education and knowledge in translational research, while effecting change in their clinical practice. The program is supported by local faculty that are focused on students’ success and the community.

The post-master’s D.N.P. completion track builds on previous academic work and clinical experience. Students will complete core D.N.P. research, theory courses, and D.N.P. project building courses. Students will complete 500 clinical practice hours in the implementation and completion of the D.N.P. project. This requirement adheres to the consensus model of the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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Admission Process

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Prospective graduate students apply for admission through the Graduate School.  You will submit your application, supporting material and a $55 application fee through the Graduate School application system.

If you have any questions or problems with the TU Graduate School application link, please contact grad-ga@utulsa.edu or 918-631-2336.

Applications are reviewed throughout the spring and summer until spaces are filled. Applications are reviewed as they are received and potential candidates will be scheduled for an interview.

Admission Requirements

  1. Current unencumbered Oklahoma Registered Nurse license
  2. A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program
  3. Recommended overall GPA of 3.0.
  4. Further requirements are track specific:
  • AG-ACNP – minimum of one-year high-acuity acute care nursing experience
  • FNP- minimum of one-year full-time nursing experience
  • MS to DNP completion – certification and experience as an Advance Practice Nurse (CRNA, FNP, AG-ACNP).
Graduate Program FAQs

Is there a part-time track?

The FNP and AG-ACNP programs are designed to be completed in sequence on a full-time basis to provide the best learning environment from interprofessional collaboration in clinical sites, human patient simulation labs, and other nursing students.

The first semester of the Post-Master’s to DNP program is full-time (9 hours), the remaining semesters are part-time. This program is planned to incorporate classwork and research with the student’s clinical practice.

Is this an online/distance program?

No. We feel that local faculty and facilities are essential in providing optimum learning environments to prepare nurse clinicians and leaders for the future.

Are any of the classes online?

Many classes have online components (asynchronous learning), that have a significant portion delivered asynchronously. However, there are portions that will require campus attendance. Lab courses and courses using the Human Patient Simulation lab will be on campus.

Can I work and attend school?

You may be able to work, but it should not be an excuse for poor academic performance. The time commitment of the programs is extensive, especially during clinical years, and may preclude outside employment.

What experience do I need?

A minimum of one year of nursing experience in direct patient care is expected. The AG-ACNP program expects one year of experience in a high-acuity care environment and providing direct nursing care.

Do I need board certifications for acceptance (CCRN, RN-BC, CEN)?

No, however, certifications may be beneficial for a competitive application.

Do I need to take the GRE?

No. The GRE is not required.

Are all of the classes at the Oxley Health Sciences Facility (downtown Tulsa)?

All classes, with the exception of many clinical sites, are at TU’s Oxley Health Sciences Facility. This facility is designed for health science education, with extensive lab and simulation spaces.

How do I find a preceptor?

To ensure quality learning environments, clinical sites and preceptors are selected by Program Directors and Faculty. We expect students to focus on learning rather than locating preceptors.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from a coworker and a supervisor
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • Documentation of a current Registered Nursing license
  • Evidence of appropriate clinical experience.
    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care – minimum of one-year full-time acute care nursing experience as a registered nurse
    • Family Nurse Practitioner – at least one-year full time nursing experience as a registered nurse
    • Post-Masters to DNP completion – certification and experience as an Advanced Practice Nurse
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results