Nursing leadership and innovations in health care: Online doctorate
Doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in nursing leadership and innovations in health care (DNP)
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.
The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Each course is 3 credit hours, unless stated otherwise.
|STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences||X||X||X|
|NURSE 7010 Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers||X|
|Or equivalent. Either statistics course may be taken concurrently with N7087.|
|NURSE 7087 Leadership and Technology Institute |
1 credit hour. On-campus class
|NURSE 8100 Principles of Epidemiology||X|
|NURSE 8820 Health Care Financial Management|
|NURSE 8830 Informatics Applications and Innovations in Health Care Systems|
|NURSE 8840 Nursing Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship|
|NURSE 8860 Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing |
|NURSE 8910 Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice|
|NURSE 8920 Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes|
3 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1 clinical
|NURSE 8930 Health Program Design and Management||X||X|
|NURSE 8940 Nursing and Health Policy||X|
|NURSE 9070 DNP Clinical Residency
1–5 clinical credit hours
Prerequisites: N8930, N8540
|NURSE 9080 DNP Residency Project|
min. 3 clinical credit hours
Prerequisites: N8930, N9070
|NURSE 9087 Leadership and Transformational Role Institute
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: N9070, N9080
|NURSE 8300 Public Health and Sociocultural Issues
|NURSE 8310 Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations|
Prerequisites: N7087, N8300
|NURSE 8854 Teaching Strategies in Nursing |
Prerequisites: N7100, N7110
|NURSE 8864 Curriculum Development in Nursing|
Additional electives available with faculty adviser approval.
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The DNP at the Sinclair School is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Baccalaureate or master's degree in nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation or related field for DNP leadership students. Your degree also must be from a regionally accredited program from the Higher Learning Commission.
- Minimum GPA of 3.5 for applicants with a master’s degree in nursing.
- 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.
- 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.
Mark your calendar
This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend applying early as applications are considered as they are received.
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Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- 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.
- Additional evidence of your outstanding professional leadership, practice or scholarship for special consideration if you don’t meet the GPA requirements.
- TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
- 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.
- Copies of current, unencumbered registered nurse license(s.)
- Copies of all advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing/recognition documents (for applicants with masters’ degrees).
- Verification of clinical hours from previous MSN and/or certificate programs.
- Curriculum vitae documenting education, work experience, leadership, professional organization activities and scholarly endeavors (e.g. publications, presentations, research, honors, awards).
- 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).
- 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.
Complete the NursingCAS application
The Sinclair School of Nursing processes DNP applications through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing programs.
- Visit NursingCAS to start an application and upload your required documents.
- Contact applicant support with questions or visit the applicant help center.
Complete the MU Graduate School application
After you’ve been notified that your application to the DNP program has been reviewed and accepted by the Sinclair School of Nursing, you will formally apply to MU through the Graduate School.
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Degree/Delivery: Doctorate- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Nursing/ Nurse Leadership and Innovations in Health Care/Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing.