• Course Delivery
    Blended
  • Total Credits
    72
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $459.90
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $441.00

A doctorate in nursing practice from MU can help you advance your career in pediatrics. 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 children and youth
  • Health care services coordinator
  • Institutional 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.

Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. If you already have a master’s degree, you can study part time and complete the program in three years. If you have a bachelor’s 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.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend applying early as applications are considered as they are received.

Application Deadlines

Summer
April 1

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: $441.00
  • Fees: $227.23
  • Total: $668.23
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1323.00
  • Fees: $681.69
  • Total: $2004.69
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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