Post-Master's to DNP - Oxley College of Health & Natural Sciences

Post-Master’s to DNP

Post-Master’s to DNP

The post-master’s to DNP 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 to DNP completion track builds on previous academic work and clinical experience. Students will complete core DNP research, theory courses and DNP project-building courses. Students will complete 500 clinical practice hours in the implementation and completion of the DNP 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.

You can find detailed information about the Post-Master’s to D.N.P. Completion, D.N.P. in the graduate bulletin.


Prospective graduate students apply for admission through the Graduate School. You will submit your application, supporting material and a $60 application fee through the Graduate School application system.ACEN accreditation commission seal

If you have any questions or problems with the TU Graduate School application link, please contact 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.


  • Post-master's to DNP courses (years 1 and 2)

    Year 1

    Fall semesterSpring semesterSummer semester
    DNP 9003 Foundations for Practice
    DNP 8053 Biostatistics
    DNP 8043 Translational Research
    DNP 9013 Health Care Policy
    DNP 9043 Organizational Leadership and Quality ImprovementDNP 9023 Healthcare Informatics

    Year 2

    Fall semesterSpring semesterSummer semester
    DNP 9073 D.N.P. Project ProposalDNP 9173 D.N.P. Project DesignDNP 9063 Epidemiology
    DNP 9403 APRN Scholarship PracticumDNP 9413 APRN Leadership Practicum
    DNP 9082 D.N.P. Project Completion
  • Admission requirements

    To be considered for graduate admission to the MSN to DNP program, 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 Nurse license
    • $60 application fee
    • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam and have an official copy of their results sent to The University of Tulsa Graduate School. For more information on English language requirements, please review TU’s language proficiency policy.
    • Evidence of appropriate clinical experience:
      • Post-master’s to DNP completion: certification and experience as an advanced practice nurse
  • Graduate program FAQ

    Is there a part-time track?

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

    Is this an online/distance program?

    DNP to Post-master’s courses are offered online, however, meeting with DNP faculty and some course presentations can be done in person if the student is local or with the option of online for distance learners.  We feel that local faculty and facilities are essential in providing optimum learning environments, and that is why faculty are readily available if needed.

    Are any of the classes online?

    Most of the DNP to Post-master’s classes have online components (asynchronous learning) as well as having a significant portion delivered asynchronously. However, there may be times when students will be requested to come to campus for presentations or to meet with faculty.

    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.

    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.