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A doctorate in nursing practice from MU can help you advance your career in gerontology. If you want to become a clinical expert in advanced nursing, empower other nurses, and effect system wide improvements in care, this may be the degree for you. 

Potential careers 

  • Clinical nurse specialist for aging adults 
  • Health care services coordinatorInstitutional health care consultant 
  • Research coordinator 
  • Clinical instructor 

Program structure and topics 

Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but an on-campus visit is required for five days during the summer before course work begins for orientation to the DNP program. Additional campus visits will be required throughout the program, approximately once per year. 

Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic experience. If already have a masters degree, you can study part time and complete the program in three years. If you have a bachelors degree and want to study part time, the program is more likely to take you five or six years.

Course work covers, among others:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute, critical and chronic illness
  • Improvement and monitoring of quality, safety and performance outcomes
  • Teaching clients symptom- and self-management strategies
  • Health care policy and finance
  • Physiology/pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or master’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.5 for applicants with a master’s degree in nursing.
  3. For applicants without a master’s degree, an average GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate nursing course work. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements for their BSN or MS also may provide additional evidence documenting examples of outstanding professional leadership, practice and/or scholarship for special consideration.
  4. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  5. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Unofficial transcripts suffice for application; if you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  6. Additional evidence of your outstanding professional leadership, practice or scholarship for special consideration if you don’t meet the GPA requirements.
  7. Essay (three to five pages) describing your professional goals and how participation in the DNP program will enhance these goals. Identify a topic or practice-based problem that you might address in your final, scholarly project. This project should be large enough to result in change at the organizational, system, regional or national level; new or revised state health policy; or the establishment of a significant new health-related service to a population or geographic region.
  8. List of contacted clinical preceptors.
  9. Copies of current, unencumbered registered nurse license(s.)
  10. Copies of all advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing/recognition documents (for applicants with masters’ degrees).
  11. Verification of clinical hours from previous MSN and/or certificate programs.
  12. Curriculum vitae documenting education, work experience, leadership, professional organization activities and scholarly endeavors (e.g. publications, presentations, research, honors, awards).
  13. Three professional recommendations from master’s or doctorally prepared nurses or faculty members who can address your potential or ability to function in the advanced practice nursing role (i.e. clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaboration and communication with other health professionals, and leadership abilities).
  14. If you are currently enrolled in a nursing program, submit at least one recommendation from a current faculty member in that program. Do not include recommendations from friends, fellow staff nurses or ministers. Submit names and contact details for recommendation providers within the online application.
The University of Missouri is currently authorized to accept students to most distance education programs in all 50 states. Please see our state authorization page.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1
April 1


  • STAT 7020Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Basic inference methods, both parametric and non-parametric, appropriate for answering questions arising in health sciences research. Computer exercises involving data from real experiments from health science area. Prerequisites: MATH 1100 or MATH 1120 and instructor's consent.

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  • NURSE 7010Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers3 Credits

    Examines basic concepts of data management, study design, descriptive and inferential biostatistics using analytic software. Emphasizes statistical literacy and critical thinking for health researchers. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • NURSE 7087Leadership and Technology Institute (On-campus class )3 Credits

    Introduction to knowledge and skills essential to support research and practice doctorates. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Admission to DNP or PhD program.

  • NURSE 7100Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing3 Credits

    Analysis, application and evaluation of a variety of nursing and non nursing theories used in advanced nursing practice and research.

  • NURSE 7110Advanced Nursing Role Acquisition3 Credits

    An overview of the advanced nursing practice role and professional issues. Provides foundational knowledge on which other advanced nursing courses will build. Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program or faculty consent.

  • NURSE 7120Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology3 Credits

    Focus on the normal and altered physiological functioning of body systems. Provides essential knowledge of human health and disease across the lifespan necessary for advanced nursing practice.

  • NURSE 7130Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics3 Credits

    Advanced practice nurse drug therapy management for health maintenance and treatment of acute episodic and chronic health problems in various populations over the life span. Prerequisites: BSN or instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 7140Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion (3.5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)3 Credits

    Expands history and physical assessment techniques across lifespan. Addresses diagnostic reasoning, differential diagnosis, selection of common diagnostic test, disease risk factors, and health promotion strategies. Prerequisites: BSN or instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 7150Research Basis for Advanced Nursing3 Credits

    Examines fundamentals of scientific inquiry. Addresses research design issues. Focuses on interpreting, critiquing, and synthesizing research findings. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100.

  • NURSE 8100Principles of Epidemiology3 Credits

    Explores key concepts of epidemiology and epidemiologic methods for studying the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations. Application to public health and population-based practice addressed. Prerequisites: NURSE 7150 or faculty consent.

  • NURSE 8300Public Health and Sociocultural Issues3 Credits

    Explores concepts of public health with a focus on the advanced practice nurse in population-based/primary care practice; core public health functions will be addressed at three service levels--the aggregate, the family, and the individual. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100.

  • NURSE 8310Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations3 Credits

    In-depth examination of rural and other vulnerable populations and their interactions with the health care system including access, utilization, and outcomes. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087, NURSE 8300 or faculty consent.

  • NURSE 8400Adult and Geriatric Primary Care I3 Credits

    Advanced practice nursing clinical diagnosis and management of acute and chronic cardiovascular, respiratory, HEENT, renal, metabolic and musculoskeletal problems in adults, older adults and their families. Prerequisites: NURSE 7120, NURSE 7130, NURSE 7140.

  • NURSE 8410Adult and Geriatric Primary Care II3 Credits

    Advanced practice nursing clinical diagnosis and management of acute and chronic gastrointestinal, endocrine, hematological, neuropsychological problems and bioterrorism and CAM issues in adults, older adults and their families. Prerequisites: NURSE 8400.

  • NURSE 8540Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning (3.5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical)4 Credits

    Expands upon knowledge of advanced assessment , diagnostic, and procedural skills; utilizes current technology in a cost-effective and patient-centered manner. Clinical increases specialty-specific knowledge. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: 4th clinical specialty course.

  • NURSE 8710Clinical Management of Acute and Critical Care Problems3 Credits

    Advanced practice nurse management of selected clinical problems across the lifespan commonly encountered in the acute and/or critical care settings. Patient safety, technology, and product selection addressed. Integrated clinical practicum with selected population and setting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: NURSE 7140.

  • NURSE 8720Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness (3-3.5 credit hours)3 Credits

    Clinical management of symptoms of acute and chronic illness across the lifespan. Preparation for teaching patient self-management strategies. Integrated clinical practicum with selected population and setting. Prerequisites: NURSE 7140 and NURSE 7150 or faculty consent.

  • NURSE 8910Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3 Credits

    Provides essential skills for utilizing research to support practice change: assessing practice based problems, analyzing current evidence, proposing practice changes, and developing plans for implementing evidence-based practice concepts. Prerequisites: NURSE 8100 or faculty consent.

  • NURSE 8920Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes3 Credits

    Uses information systems to identify and analyze patient safety and other clinical issues and recommend system-wide actions and measurement plans that result in safe, effective, efficient, equitable, patient-centered outcomes. Prerequisites: NURSE 8910.

  • NURSE 8930Health Program Design and Management3 Credits

    Designing, implementing and evaluating effective health programs. Addresses leadership and organizational change issues. Prerequisites: NURSE 8920 or instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 8940Nursing and Health Policy3 Credits

    Designed to explore and critically evaluate the role of nursing and nurse leaders/scholars in health policy development and the organization and financing of health care in response to the health and social needs of the public.

  • NURSE 9070DNP Clinical Residency3 Credits

    Intensive clinical experience. Prepare experts in advanced nursing practice and leadership to effectively evaluate practice problems, translate evidence into practice, monitor outcomes, and implement innovative models of care. May be repeated for credit. Some sections may be graded on either an A-F or S/U basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8930 and NURSE 8450 or NURSE 8610.

  • NURSE 9080DNP Residency Project3 Credits

    Final synthesis of DNP coursework culminating in an in-depth practice change project or case analysis impacting a rural or other undeserved population or critical healthcare system need. May be repeated for credit. Some sections may be offered on an A-F or S/U graded basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 8930 and NURSE 9070.

  • NURSE 9087Leadership and Transformational Role Institute3 Credits

    Synthesis of advanced nursing practice knowledge and leadership skills. Prepares DNP graduate to implement an advanced nursing practice role that will result in practice and/or policy change at the local, state, or national levels. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 9080 and NURSE 9070.

  • NURSE 8010Family Dynamics and Intervention3 Credits

    (same as H_D_FS 8012). Theories of family function and dysfunction; techniques of assessment; models of family intervention. Practicum with selected families. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100 (Nursing students).

  • NURSE 8820Health Care Financial Management3 Credits

    Prepares nurses to use the techniques that facilitate financial analysis and decision-making for patient care programs across the healthcare continuum. Focuses on efficient, effective management of resources for delivery of quality healthcare services. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100

  • NURSE 8830Informatics Applications and Innovations in Health Care Systems3 Credits

    This course explores informatics from the perspective of health related fields through technology assessment and evaluation, and research and development in technological innovations. The impact of technology on patient privacy will also be examined. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 8840Nursing Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship3 Credits

    This course will provide an overview of leadership theories and strategies for managing individuals, groups, or systems within rapidly changing healthcare environments. Innovative and cutting edge phenomena in healthcare will be explored as well as entrepreneurship. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructors consent.

  • NURSE 8854Teaching Strategies in Nursing3 Credits

    Examines principles, issues, techniques, and evaluation methods in teaching nursing. Focuses on the development of a variety of teaching strategies and evaluation methods for didactic and clinical settings. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100 and NURSE 7110 or instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 8860Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing3 Credits

    This course will examine various organizational theories, organizational behavior, and the impact of change within organizations. Participants will apply and analyze workforce management principles in regard to employee rights, resources, and responsibilities. May be repeated for credit. Graded on an A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 7087 or instructors consent.

  • NURSE 8864Curriculum Development in Nursing3 Credits

    Examines theoretical foundations, principles, and issues in curriculum design. Explores systematic evaluation of curriculum at all levels. Prerequisites: NURSE 7100 and NURSE 7110 or instructor's consent.

  • NURSE 8950Teaching Nursing Practicum3 Credits

    Participation in application of principles and methods of teaching, learning, and evaluation to the education of nursing students. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 8854 and NURSE 8864.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $459.90
  • Fees: $227.23
  • Total: $687.13
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1379.70
  • Fees: $681.69
  • Total: $2061.39
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $459.90
  • Fees: $227.23
  • Total: $687.13
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1379.70
  • Fees: $681.69
  • Total: $2061.39
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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