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Texas Wesleyan Graduate Nursing Programs welcomes largest class in history

09.07.2023 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
The 2023 fall cohort of DNP and FNP nursing students pose with a banner welcoming them to campus

The Texas Wesleyan University School of Health Professions Graduate Nursing program welcomed the largest cohort in the program’s history this fall with 25 Doctor of Nursing Practice and family nurse practitioner students. This is the sixth cohort for the program.

“We have been working hard since the conception of this program to get our name out and gain traction in enrollment,” said Interim Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, Dr. Denise De La Rosa. “We are finally feeling like we are making progress with increased admissions and folks in the community recognizing who we are and the quality of our students.”

The class was welcomed to campus on Friday, Aug. 18 at orientation. It was an information-packed day with presentations on library services, the campus food bank, student engagement and the alumni association, as well as resources available to help students with financial aid and registering for courses.  It was a great opportunity for new students and faculty to meet face-to-face.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Family Nurse Practitioner program (FNP) entered its first cohort in the spring of 2018 with 12 students and has seen a steady increase in community recognition and enrollment. 

“We hope to continue to grow our program and our alumni community and be recognized as one of the leading graduate nursing programs in the state and country,” De La Rosa said.

Texas Wesleyan’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are focused on developing nurse practitioners who provide relationship-centered, whole-person healthcare to individuals and families. In addition, the program is designed to prepare students with strategies for self-care to improve their own health and resilience as well as business literacy to develop and manage a successful practice.

When asked what’s made the program successful, De La Rosa responded, “High quality faculty who are dedicated to the personal and professional growth of the students, a unique blend of a holistic approach to patient care, a focus on building strong, resilient practitioners, education on business literacy and a commitment to serving rural and underserved populations. [We are] ‘doing the most where needed the most.’” 
The doctor of nursing practice and master's of science in nursing programs at Texas Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Interested in an MSN or DNP degree? Check out the admissions requirements.

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