Serve with leadership

Christine Harris

Christine was at a crossroads in her career: stay in the military or transition to civilian health care. Having served for 19 years, she was worried her skills would not translate outside the Army. The Sinclair School of Nursing gave her the tools and confidence to tackle the next chapter. With online course work, engaged faculty and minimal on-campus visits, Christine graduated while serving her country.

Anita Bowie

As the director of critical care, Anita Bowie helps her hospital find innovative solutions to health care's most challenging issues. The Sinclair School of Nursing offers a cutting-edge degree that helps graduates provide quality outcomes and lead change. Anita immediately applied what she learned in the program, allowing her nursing staff to better care for their patients.

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 40
  • Estimated program cost: $20,662.80*

*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 as a nurse leader. If you want to deliver innovative care, provide quality outcomes and lead change, this program could be for you.

Depending upon your current work environment or history, you may be qualified for certification from the American Organization of Nurse Executives in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) and/or Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) upon successful completion of the DNP program.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

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

Potential careers

  • Chief nurse executive
  • Clinical leadership position
  • Academic leader or researcher
  • Health policy expert
  • Health care executive or entrepreneur

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. An additional campus visit will be required at the end of the program.

Courses are semester-based. How long it takes to complete the program depends on your academic progress so far. Most students complete the program program in three years.

Course work covers, among others

  • Leadership
  • Organizational behavior and management
  • Informatics
  • Change management
  • Health care policy
  • Legal considerations

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.