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Diana Kay Fauss

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist '13 | Joplin, MO

Diana Kay Fauss, a clinical nurse practitioner, wife and mother, describes how Mizzou's online program was the perfect fit for her busy lifestyle.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Doctorate
  • Academic home: Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Delivery mode: Blended, some campus visits required
  • Credit hours: Approximately 72
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Estimated program cost: $36,073.20*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the degree you deserve

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.

Graduates will be eligible for certification from the following bodies:

Career prospects

31%
Employment growth
$104,740
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners.

Potential careers

  • Clinical nurse specialist for aging adults
  • 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, 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 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

What do nurses need to know about an online DNP?

Find out Oct. 19 during a live online presentation by Miriam Butler, interim director of the DNP program at MU's Sinclair School of Nursing. Get answers to your career questions. Register today!

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