Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26% job growth for Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Ready to take your nursing career to the next level? Learn how to apply to the program today.

Program Overview

A Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from MU can help you advance your career in an advanced nursing role. Our program is distance mediated, providing online coursework with minimal on-campus visits (generally once per year), ideal for the working professional. Students may select from part-time or full-time plans of study to meet individual student needs.

Why is our DNP program a good choice for nurses?

Upon completion of the DNP program, you will:

  • Integrate advanced knowledge of nursing theories, methods of inquiry, humanities, and related sciences in the delivery of care to rural and other underserved populations.
  • Serve as leaders, in collaboration with multiple disciplines to improve the quality of health care outcomes for individuals, populations, and systems.
  • Systematically evaluate a defined area of nursing using technologies in order to advance cost-effective health care delivery.
  • Appraise scientific data from various domains in order to translate the best evidence into nursing practice and health care delivery.
  • Analyze the social, economic, cultural, environmental, political, and policy components of health care to advocate for improved health outcomes and reduce health disparities.

DNP Program Cost & Tuition

Estimated cost for the BSN to DNP program is $41,228

Estimated cost for the MS to DNP program is $21,760 

Out-of-state and in-state graduate students pay the same online graduate course fees.

Scholarships & Assistance

The Sinclair School of Nursing offers a number of nursing-specific scholarships for clinical nursing majors and graduate students. Scholarships numbers and amounts (usually $1000-4000) vary from year to year for qualified applicants. A call for applications and announcement of awards is made each year during the spring semester for the following academic year. In addition, undergraduate research assistantships, University of Missouri scholarships, external scholarships, and other opportunities are available.

Career & Salary Outlook

Our graduates have a 100% employment rate within one year of graduation!

What kind of jobs can you get with a DNP?

Graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree can gain employment in a variety of healthcare positions, such as:

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Chief nurse executive
  • Academic leader or researcher
  • Health policy expert
  • Health care entrepreneur

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Doctor of Nursing Practice FAQs

The DNP program at Mizzou includes two entry pathways:

Post-Baccalaureate (BSN-DNP) — For registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing degree. Post-baccalaureate students may choose from part time or full time plans of study.

Post-Master’s (MSN-DNP) —Post-masters students with or without advanced practice degrees may choose from part time or full time plans of study depending upon specialty area.

There are six areas of study:

  1. Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner
  3. Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan)
  4. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Primary Care
  5. Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  6. Nursing Leadership and Innovations in Health Care

Completion of coursework and clinical hours in specific emphasis areas prepares graduates to apply for national certification in specific Advance Nursing Practice roles and population foci (e.g. Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist).

Students may also be eligible for other national certifications in Nurse Leadership/Executive pending completion of specific coursework and expertise as required by specific accrediting and certifying bodies.