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    The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing /doctor of nursing practice programs at the University of the Incarnate Word are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for nurses seeking the highest degree in nursing practice. DNP graduates are prepared as scholars to improve outcomes through organizational/systems leadership, quality improvement processes, and translation of evidence into practice.  


The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing (IFMSN) offers two options for obtaining a degree as a DNP. If you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), consider becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through the BSN to DNP track. If you already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and are an  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), then the MSN to DNP track is available to you. 


Full-time Study for the BSN to DNP track

Applicants who meet the admission requirements of UIW and the DNP program of the IFMSN are admitted into the doctoral program. Full-time students are expected to complete the program in 9 semesters (see curriculum). 


Full/Part-time Study for the MSN to DNP track 

Applicants who are APRNs and meet the admission requirements of UIW and the DNP program are admitted into the doctoral program. Students who have not met all of the pre-requisites may be admitted provisionally and assigned a deadline within which to complete all pre-requisite courses. Students may pursue either a full-time or part-time plan of study. Full-time students can complete the program in 4 semesters; it is expected that most part-time students will complete the program in 7 semesters.


UIW DNP graduates will:

  • Integrate nursing science with ethical, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and  organizational sciences to plan, implement and evaluate advanced practice in nursing at the doctoral level.
  • Design, implement and evaluate evidence-based therapeutic interventions and interrelationships using advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking. 
  • Synthesize concepts from epidemiological, biostatistical, environmental and medical sciences related to clinical prevention and population health in order to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that improve access to health promotion and disease prevention efforts for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.
  • Lead quality improvement and patient safety initiatives to develop and implement practice guidelines to improve the quality of care. 
  • Design and implement processes to evaluate outcomes of practice against national benchmarks to determine disparities in practice outcomes.  
  • Use information technology and research methods to promote safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered care. 
  • Develop, evaluate and provide leadership for health care policies related to health care financing, practice regulation, access, safety, quality, efficacy, equity, and social justice.  
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams using effective communication, collaboration, and consultation skills in developing and implementing practice models, guidelines and standards of care, peer review, health policy, and scholarly products.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning of self and peers that incorporates professional nursing standards and accountability. 


For further information contact:


Dr. Laura Muñoz, Director of DNP Program/MSN-DNP Track Coordinator
(210) 805-3033


Dr. Diana Beckmann-Mendez, BSN-DNP Track Coordinator/FNP Concentration Leader
(210) 283-6318


Dr. Dianne Lavin, PMHNP Concentration Leader
(210) 829-3993