Serve families with distinction

Emily Tobias

Doctor of Nursing Practice `17

A year into the DNP program, Emily Tobias made the decision to become a traveling nurse. The flexibility of the Sinclair School of Nursing's DNP program allowed her to continue her studies while pursuing her full-time career.

Shelby Thomas

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner '15 | New Bloomfield, MO

When Shelby Thomas needed flexibility and support to pursue her doctorate while working full-time and supporting her family, she turned to Mizzou Online. Now she plans to join the nursing faculty and share her clinical experience and love of the profession with future nurses.

Diana Kay Fauss

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner '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
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Delivery mode: Blended, some campus visits required
  • Credit hours: Approximately 72
  • Estimated program cost: $36,866.96*

*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 family nursing. If you want to promote good health, prevent injury and disease, and manage chronic illnesses, this could be the program for you.

Graduates will be eligible for certification from the following bodies:

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

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

Potential careers

  • Primary care provider
  • Health care services coordinator
  • Institutional health care consultant
  • Research nurse
  • 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

  • Health care policy and finance
  • Physiology/pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Population health
  • Family dynamics
  • Clinical management of reproductive health

Mizzou Online Military Tuition Award

Are you a veteran, active duty service member, Reservist, National Guardsman, or a military spouse or dependent and want to study online?

See if you’re eligible for the Mizzou Online Military Tuition Award.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing.