• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    31
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

The MSN-DNP degree prepares students for doctoral-level advanced practice nursing or nursing leadership, and is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing DNP Essentials. The courses provide a solid foundation in implementation of evidence-based practice and theory to achieve improvement of healthcare. DNP project experiences are precepted in the community settings.

Course Delivery: The DNP program requires a mandatory couple of days summer residency at the start of the first year and the start of the last year at our Kansas City campus. If not possible to attend on campus, then attendance online can be arranged. The visit allows you to optimize tools for success, peer support, role acquisition and mentoring on your DNP evidence-based project.  You conduct project hours at a community site during the semesters you are enrolled in a DNP project course. A project site can be arranged in collaboration with you and can be near your physical location. While obtaining your DNP degree, you may also seek a nurse practitioner post-MSN certificate or nurse educator certificate. 

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. MSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  2. The GPA required for admission is a minimum of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale for the MSN degree.
  3. Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  4. The following courses with a minimum of a B are pre-requisites to progression in the DNP program: graduate theory, graduate research, and graduate statistics. Statistics may be taken during the first semester of DNP courses.
  5. Personal interviews may be required
NOTE: Individuals residing in AL, NY, NC, OR, TN or WA are not able to enroll in this program.

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision
October 15
Regular Decision
February 15

Courses

Core
  • NURSE 5602Healthcare Systems & Leadership DNP Summer Institute (2 days on site)3 Credits

    This course focuses on the DNP as leader within the complex health care industry. Utilizing information technology, an in-depth study of the socio-political, economic, cultural and historical background of the American health care system the system of health professions will form the foundation for exploration of leadership needs the DNP leadership role. (DNP Summer Institute--2 days on site)

  • NURSE 5617Application of Evidence-based Practice II3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide an analytic and systematic approach to incorporation of evidence-based research into clinical practice. The course builds on the underpinnings of evidence-based practice (EBP) including theoretical foundations, ethical and cultural principles, quality, policy and economic considerations, design and methods, and statistical analysis of outcomes. In this course, the student will use the integrated literature review and principles of human subject protection to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal and submit the proposal for approval. Support for the EBP improvement plan includes technology and information systems.

  • NURSE 5620Advanced Practice V--DNP Clinical5 Credits

    This course is designed to increase the clinical expertise of the student by fostering the development of a specific area of focus. It allows the student to investigate specific procedures, skills or clinical knowledge that will be later utilized in the DNP practicum course. The course is designed to be self-directed allowing the student to focus on her/his own specific clinical interests and/or area of expertise. This five credit hour course consists of one credit hour of didactic and four credit hours of clinical (120 hours).

  • NURSE 5624dvanced Practice VI-DNP Practicum5 Credits

    This course is designed to synthesize all previous coursework through the implementation and evaluation of a " tangible and deliverable academic product that is derived from the practice immersion experience" (DNP essentials, p.20). Individual student work may take a variety of forms, but will include the elements of evidence evaluation and utilization, systems analysis, and dissemination of best practice information.

  • NURSE 5528Healthcare Policy & Advocacy3 Credits

    This course is designed to focus on the integral relationship between health care policy and advocacy. Content will include principles and processes related to U.S. health policy and politics in relation to the overall system and issues of cost, quality and access; interrelationships between policy, political trends, and quality of care and access at the point of service; elimination of health care disparities, ethical and obligatory values related to the role of the health care professional.

  • NURSE 5608Theory Development I3 Credits

    The philosophical underpinnings of nursing and the theoretical development of nursing science will be explored in this course. The discipline of nursing and the relationship between nursing theory, research, and practice will be discussed. Students will analyze nursing and non-nursing theories for research or clinical questions. Students will identify a theoretical framework to guide their research or evidence-based practice project.

  • NURSE 5611Healthcare Economics & Quality3 Credits

    This course focuses on the principles of, and complex relationship between, cost and efficiency and effectiveness and health care quality outcomes. Economic perspectives and needs from industry, organizations, providers and consumers will all be examined. Throughout the course, issues regarding the inextricable link between cost and quality within the complex healthcare environment will be examined and addressed, with emphasis on DNP nurse intervention and leadership.

  • NURSE 5613Application of Evidence-based Practice I3 Credits

    This course is designed to provide an analytic and systematic approach to evaluate evidence- based research and guidelines used in clinical practice. The course builds on methods of evidence-based practice (EBP), theoretical foundations, ethical principles, research design, and statistical analyses. The student will develop an evidence-based approach to address a clinical question and to construct an integrative literature review. In the course, an EPB project is designed to provide quality health care. The project plan incorporates the integrative literature review, scientific methods, outcome measurement, and data analysis.

  • NURSE 5637Healthcare Outcomes and Epidemiology2 to 3 Credit

    This course is an application of basic epidemiologic principles. This course provides the foundation for assessment and evaluation of health outcomes in a variety of populations, clinical settings, and systems. Concepts introduced include fundamentals of epidemiology, determinants of health, screening, outbreak investigation, and disease surveillance. The course includes content on descriptive and analytic epidemiology.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $59.10
  • Total: $559.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $177.30
  • Total: $1677.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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