This curriculum is an intense 7-year course of study for the advanced undergraduate
student who is ultimately interested in a Doctor of Nursing Practice terminal degree
with a clinical focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health
Nurse Practitioner. The successful undergraduate student will qualify to enter this
program upon admission to the University with specific criteria (Phase I). The student
will need to maintain and meet additional requirements throughout their four years
of undergraduate pre-licensure nursing coursework and successfully pass the NCLEX-RN
examination on their first attempt in order to be accepted into the DNP Program (Phase
At successful completion of the 4 year Bachelor of Nursing Science curriculum, the
student will be qualified to sit for their NCLEX-RN examination and complete registered
nurse application process. At the successful conclusion of the 3-year full-time DNP
curriculum, the student will be awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, be qualified
to sit for their national nurse practitioner examination, and to seek recognition
as a family nurse or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by their state board
of nursing. Please note that accepted undergraduate students will be expected to meet
with their Academic Advisor & DNP Program representative at least twice a semester
for academic support services. Admission in Fall Semester Only.
Please see Phase I Requirements and Phase II Qualifications below:
Phase I Requirements:
Combined math/verbal SAT of 1140 (520 or higher on each section) or ACT of 25 (22
or higher on all ACT sections)
3.7 High School Cumulative GPA
Three years each of math and science with a 3.7 GPA
Interview with nursing faculty
Student must be prepared to begin in biological chemistry, Freshman Year, 1st semester
Phase II Qualifications:
Direct Admit nursing students under this special admissions option must maintain a
college GPA of 3.0 overall and in the science courses, complete the prerequisite courses
successfully, and meet the requirements including health, academic, and Texas Board
of Nursing to begin clinical coursework in their fourth semester of study. Direct
admit students who meet these requirements have a guaranteed place in the BSN/undergraduate
nursing program; they complete the program application and the TEAS V exam for tracking
A BSN degree from University of the Incarnate Word.
A license to practice professional nursing in the State of Texas or one of the compact
states recognized by the State of Texas.
A course in basic statistics with a grade of "C"
A grade point average of 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate work and an average of 3.0 in
upper-division nursing courses that serve as the foundation for the graduate major.
Completion of application process.
Three satisfactory references (academic, professional).
Official transcripts sent from each college/university attended (including hospital
school of nursing, if appropriate).
An in-person interview
Direct admit students who meet these requirements have a guaranteed place in the DNP Program with a Nurse Practitioner focus. The complete program application is for tracking purposes only.