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.


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.

For more details, please see the DNP plans of study and the on-campus date schedule.

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 SciencesXXX
NURSE 7010 Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers  X
Or equivalent. Either statistics course may be taken concurrently with N7087.   

Required courses

NURSE 7087 Leadership and Technology Institute
1 credit hour. On-campus class
NURSE 8100 Principles of EpidemiologyX  
NURSE 8820 Health Care Financial Management
Prerequisite: N7100
NURSE 8830 Informatics Applications and Innovations in Health Care Systems
Prerequisite: N7087
NURSE 8840 Nursing Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Prerequisite: N7087
NURSE 8860 Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing
Prerequisite: N7087
NURSE 8910 Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Prerequisite: N8100
NURSE 8920 Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes
3 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1 clinical
Co-requisite: N8100
NURSE 8930 Health Program Design and Management
NURSE 8940 Nursing and Health PolicyX  
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
Prerequisite: N7100
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
Prerequisite: N7087

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.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. 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.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend applying early as applications are considered as they are received.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Course work begins in
    Summer Apr. 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. 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.
  6. Complete the NursingCAS application

  7. The Sinclair School of Nursing processes DNP applications through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing programs.

    Apply Here

  8. Complete the MU Graduate School application

  9. 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)

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing.