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Courses

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.

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.

Prerequisites

FallSpringSummer
FSpSu
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health SciencesXXX
Or   
NURSE 7010 Biostatistical Foundations for Health Researchers  X
Or equivalent. Either statistics course may be taken concurrently with N7087.   

Required courses

FallSpringSummer
FSpSu
NURSE 7087 Leadership and Technology Institute
On-campus class. 1 credit hour
  X
NURSE 7100 Theoretical Basis for Advanced NursingX  
NURSE 7110 Advanced Nursing Role AcquisitionX X
NURSE 7120 Advanced Physiology and PathophysiologyX  
NURSE 7130 Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics X 
NURSE 7150 Research Basis for Advanced Nursing
Prerequisite: N7100
 X 
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion
3.5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical
   
NURSE 8010 Family Dynamics and Intervention
Prerequisite: N7100
X  
NURSE 8100 Principles of EpidemiologyX  
NURSE 8210 Special Health Care Needs of Children
3.5 credit hours
Prerequisite: N7100
 X 
NURSE 8300 Public Health and Sociocultural Issues
Prerequisite: N7100
X  
NURSE 8310 Health Disparities of Rural and Other Underserved Populations
Prerequisites: N7087, N8300
 X 
NURSE 8420 Newborn Through Adolescence Primary Care
3.5–5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5–3 clinical
Prerequisites: N7310, N7140
X  
NURSE 8430 Reproductive and Sexual Health Primary Care
3.5–5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5–3 clinical
Prerequisites: N7140, N8410
 X 
NURSE 8540 Advanced Diagnostics and Reasoning
3.5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical
Prerequisites: 4th specialty clinical course
 XX
NURSE 8680 Pediatric Mental Health Assessment and Treatment
3.5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical
X  
NURSE 8910 Translational Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Prerequisite: N8100
 XX
NURSE 8920 Quality, Safety, and Performance Outcomes
3 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1 clinical
Prerequisite: N8100
X  
NURSE 8930 Health Program Design and Management
Prerequisite: N8920
XX 
NURSE 8940 Nursing and Health PolicyX  
NURSE 9070 DNP Clinical Residency
1–5 clinical credit hours
Prerequisites: N8930, N8540
XXX
NURSE 9080 DNP Residency Project
min. 3 clinical credit hours
Prerequisites: N8930, N9070
XXX
NURSE 9087 Leadership and Transformational Role Institute
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: N9070, N9080
 X 

Electives

FallSpringSummer
FSpSu
NURSE 8720 Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness
3.5 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1.5 clinical
Prerequisites: N7140, N7150
 X 
NURSE 8820 Health Care Financial Management
Prerequisite: N7100
X  
NURSE 8830 Informatics Applications and Innovations in Health Care Systems
Prerequisite: N7087
X  
NURSE 8840 Nursing Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Prerequisite: N7087
 X 
NURSE 8854 Teaching Strategies in Nursing
Prerequisites: N7100, N7110
 X 
NURSE 8860 Organizations & Human Resource Management in Nursing
Prerequisite: N7087
 X 
NURSE 8864 Curriculum Development in Nursing
Prerequisites: N7100, N7110
X  

Additional electives available with faculty adviser approval.

Accreditation

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:

    • Completed baccalaureate or master’s degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5 for applicants with a master’s degree in nursing.
    • For applicants without a master’s degree, an average GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate nursing course work.
    • 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/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care-Distance (DNP)

Ask us about this program

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This program is administered by the Sinclair School of Nursing.