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The doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program is an online program with intensive on-campus experience that focuses on the preparation of leaders in clinical nursing who can improve quality of care for individuals and populations through advanced practice and through improving systems of care. The curriculum is based on national standards for DNP education and the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Students seeking the Doctor of Nursing Practice are choosing a terminal academic degree for clinicians, not a research-focused degree. The DNP program students will learn skills that a Master’s level prepared nurse practitioner will use with individual patients in practice, they will also be taken beyond the provider patient relationship to a systems level thinking skill set. The DNP learns the necessary skills to affect a population of patients. The DNP is more rigorous because it requires competent writing skills, high level thought, and skill set competence which can be utilized in a healthcare systems level.
Official nameDoctor of nursing practice
CampusUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis
Academic homeCollege of Nursing
Delivery modeBlended, some campus visits required
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
The post-master’s (MSN) entry point is designed for graduate-prepared nurses who want to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to become clinical scholars, transformational leaders and function at the highest level of nursing practice while obtaining a terminal degree in nursing practice.
Delivery of this program is blended: You will complete most course work online, but on-campus visits are required.
Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two to three classes each semester and finish in three to four years.
Course work includes
- Evidence-based practice for the DNP
- Health informatics
DeliveryBlended, some campus visits required
Typical program length3-4 years
Typical course load2-3 classes per semester
Dr. Koetting has been a registered nurse (RN) for 30 years and recognized as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) for 16 years. Her specialty population is family practice and pediatrics. She is a dually board-certified as a family and pediatric nurse practitioner with an additional certification as a pediatric primary care mental health specialist. Dr. Koetting has taught in academia for the past 19 years in various doctoral, nurse practitioner, and undergraduate programs. She continues to practice part time in family practice seeing patients with serious chronic illness in their homes when they can no longer get to the clinic.
Dr. Koetting's area of research includes forensic nursing, adverse childhood experiences including abuse, family violence, and substance abuse particularly in the lives of people with disabilities and effects of these experiences on their health outcomes.