|What Students Are Saying
I pursued a DNP as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) because I wanted to reach the pinnacle of excellence in my field. TCU offered a program that was achievable for those of us who do not live in a large city or near a large university that offers a doctoral degree. TCU also has an excellent reputation and is well recognized and respected. Since experiencing the DNP curriculum at TCU, my outlook has become more "global". Our healthcare system is preparing to face numerous changes in the upcoming months. Studying with others in the nursing field in different specialties and roles gives you a fresh perspective and an appreciation for the broad perspective that nursing embraces. As a DNP graduate, my experience far exceeded my expectations. Each challenge of being in an inaugural program was handled with a sense of grace and professionalism that was truly impressive. The faculty is truly there for you and I was always treated like a professional. That says a lot about a program; it speaks volumes.
I chose the Texas Christian University's Doctorate of Nursing Practice program because of TCU's academic reputation, program flexibility, on-line classes, and part-time options. I knew the expectations for DNP students would be high. At the end of the program, I was sure I would gain much more than a piece of paper and some additional initials to put behind my name.
The DNP brochure describes a program that prepares leaders who will “design, deliver, direct, and disseminate evidence-based practices”. I have not been disappointed. The classes have challenged students to be more and see greater possibilities in the advanced practice clinical role. I can describe program content as “fun” because it has direct clinical applicability. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), I value the knowledge and rich interactions with my colleagues in various advanced practice roles within the DNP program. With the on-line format, I find that I synthesize new material rather than memorize it. And yes, I research and write responses to discussion questions with renewed confidence.
Healthcare is an incredibly complex and dynamic system. The TCU DNP program offers practicing nurses the opportunity to understand and respond to that complexity with innovation that is based on evidence and research in order to lead transformation at a patient, unit, organization, local and national level.