• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    45
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $476.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $1169.70

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an online program with intensive on campus experience that focuses on the preparation of leaders in clinical nursing who can improve quality of care for individuals and populations through advanced practice and through improving systems of care. The curriculum is based on national standards for DNP education and the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education..

UMSL offers several separate concentrations for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

    Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
    Leadership in Population Health

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. BSN from a nationally accredited nursing program
  2. BSN 3.3 GPA (calculated on last 60 hours of BSN coursework)
  3. Current professional licensure
  4. Completion of an undergraduate general statistics course or Graduate level general statistics course
  5. Completion of an undergraduate health assessment course or equivalent
NOTE: Individuals residing in MD, MA, MN, NY, NC, OR, WA, AL, LA, OK, ME, AK, AS, PA, PR, AZ, AR, MI, RI, SC, CA, SD, CO, MS, CT, TN, TX, MT, DE, FL, NE, UT, VT, NV, GA, GU, VA, NH, NJ, VI, HI, ID, NM, DC, WV, IL, IN, IA, WI, ND, WY, MP, KS, KY or OH are not able to enroll in this program.

Application Deadlines

April 1
March 26

Courses

Core
  • NURSE 6111Healthcare Systems Concepts and Theory3 Credits

    Healthcare Systems Concepts and Theory introduces the historical development, current U.S. healthcare structure, and projected transformation of the U.S. health care system and practice professions. This is a foundational course that provides the student with an understanding of the complex nature of the healthcare sector. This course content prepares the student to assess organized efforts to influence health delivery and policy formulation, the impact of these efforts on the administrator, leader, or policy analyst of a healthcare organization, and the role of societal values and individual behaviors in healthcare system's performance, reform efforts, and the health status of the U.S. population.

  • NURSE 6130Research, Interventions and Evidence-Based Practice3 Credits

    This course provides opportunities to examine the processes and evaluation components of evidence-based practice, including the identification of significant clinical problems, evaluation of evidence underlying competing interventions, effectiveness of interventions, and implementation and evaluation of health promotion and therapeutic interventions that improve the quality of care or health outcomes for individuals, groups, and populations. Students will have opportunities to develop skills needed to critically analyze scientific literature foundational to implementing evidence-based practice projects.

  • NURSE 6660Introduction to Health Systems Management, and Policy for Underserved3 Credits

    This course provides a comprehensive survey of the U.S. health care system, healthcare policy, integrative care practice models, and management principles useful in primary care settings dedicated to underserved populations. Selected topics include health behaviors, health maintenance and the management of primary healthcare in underserved populations, access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment, the U.S. healthcare system (both public and private sectors), the legal and ethical bases for caring for the underserved, the public policy-making process, and management principles of strategic planning, marketing, and project management in clinics serving the underserved. The analysis of community health indicators, health disparities, and healthcare trends impacting underserved populations will be incorporated into a community based experience.

  • NURSE 7200State of the Science in Nursing Research and Practice (or nursing elective)3 Credits
  • NURSE 7209Advanced Nursing Roles and the Role of the DNP3 Credits

    This course provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and analyze knowledge of the advanced nursing role and the DNP role within a specified population focus and role. The overview of selected theories and frameworks that can be used to guide advanced practice nurses and nursing leaders in facilitating the use of evidence-based practice, understanding cultural aspects of care, and framing situational awareness. Emphasis includes sub-roles of the doctorally-prepared nurse including Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), leader, consultant, expert, researcher, and educator.

  • NURSE 7211Biostatistics I3 Credits

    This course provides a foundational understanding of the use of biostatics in conducting research. Types of data, data description, logic of sampling and test statistics, hypothesis testing, type 1 and type 2 errors, covariates and confounding variables, and clinical versus statistical significance are included. Opportunities will be provided to gain skills conducting statistical analysis using SPSS, interpreting the results of analytic processes, and applying the results to common health and illness examples encountered in research publications.

  • NURSE 7220Leadership in Practice3 Credits

    This course provides students with the opportunity to develop and refine critical leadership skills by focusing on improving the health of individuals and populations. The course uses a combination of didactic lectures, case-based learning and experiential exercises to explore leadership competencies including change management, strategy implementation, quality improvement, effective communication, team dynamics, and systems thinking. Emphasis is on using models and theories that facilitate inter-professional collaboration to achieve optimal health outcomes. The focus is effective communication and leadership methods necessary to establish successful inter-professional teams. Students will enhance skills in verbal, written and electronic communication; team leadership; and creating and sustaining health related initiatives. Through advanced understanding of the inter-professional dimension of healthcare, students will facilitate collaboration and remove barriers to providing safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care in healthcare systems.

  • NURSE 7230Epidemiology3 Credits

    This course covers epidemiology, logistic modeling, and public health surveillance in primary healthcare. It provides an introduction into investigation of outbreaks. The course will enable the healthcare professional to develop a knowledge base to address issues of health and illness of a population.

  • NURSE 7240Health Informatics3 Credits

    This course explores information systems and computer technologies that can improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations by optimizing information management and communication. Focus areas include the electronic medical record, technologies to improve patient safety, standards for privacy and security, tele-health systems to improve healthcare access to underserved populations, use of web-enhanced technologies for research translation, and strategies to provide data for decision making and evidence-based databases. Emphasis is placed on developing competence in technology use for the purpose of program evaluation, establishing healthcare quality, and improving healthcare delivery to diverse populations in complex healthcare settings.

  • NURSE 7251Healthcare Economics3 Credits

    This course introduces the student to the basic economic concepts and analytical methods used to understand, analyze, and evaluate economic aspects across various sectors of the healthcare system including clinics, underserved and rural populations, the role of government in the delivery of healthcare services, and the economic aspects of healthcare reform. The course applies tools of analysis to the behavior of households, healthcare providers, health insurance organizations, pharmaceutical industries, and not-for-profit and federally-funded clinics.

  • NURSE 7260Program Evaluation and Quality Management in Healthcare3 Credits

    This course introduces students to the principles and procedures for assessing the quality and effectiveness of programs, projects, and materials related to planned interventions and systems changes in health settings. An overview is provided of past and current strategies to define and assess the quality of healthcare delivery using tools required to examine, evaluate, and implement the key structures and processes of quality improvement programs in healthcare organizations. Practical applications that prepare the participants to use the theory and techniques of quality improvement in situations with complex clinical and managerial implications will be incorporated.

  • NURSE 7291DNP Capstone I3 Credits

    This experience provides additional opportunities for practice expertise development to create change in a targeted population and complex healthcare environments. Students will develop skills to assess and diagnose healthcare systems and identify evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes. This experience includes immersion in their population-focused scholarly project.

  • NURSE 7292DNP Capstone II3 Credits

    This experience provides additional opportunities for practice expertise development to create change in a targeted population and complex healthcare environments. Students will develop skills to assess and diagnose healthcare systems and identify evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes. This experience includes immersion in their population-focused scholarly project.

  • NURSE 7293DNP Capstone III3 Credits

    This experience provides additional opportunities for the development of practice expertise to create change in a targeted population and complex healthcare environments. Students will develop skills to assess and diagnose healthcare systems and identify evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes. This experience includes immersion in their population-focused scholarly project.

  • NURSE 7443Healthcare Policy3 Credits

    This is a survey course examining current issues in healthcare policy that face the nation. Policies are placed in a historical context to show how issues have been influenced by different political and economic conditions. Secondary consequences and limitations of current trends in healthcare policy are explored.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $317.60
  • Total: $794.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $952.80
  • Total: $2382.30
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1169.70
  • Fees: $317.60
  • Total: $1487.30
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3509.10
  • Fees: $952.80
  • Total: $4461.90
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $714.75
  • Fees: $317.60
  • Total: $1032.35
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2144.25
  • Fees: $952.80
  • Total: $3097.05
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $317.60
  • Total: $794.10
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $952.80
  • Total: $2382.30
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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