Nursing (MSN to DNP)

Doctor of nursing practice University of Missouri-St. Louis
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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Doctor of nursing practice


University of Missouri-St. Louis

Program type


Academic home

College of Nursing

Delivery mode

Blended, some campus visits required


Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*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.

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Career prospects

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.

Program structure

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
  • Epidemiology
  • Health informatics


Blended, some campus visits required

Calendar system


Typical program length

3-4 years

Typical course load

2-3 classes per semester


The University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The UMSL DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Lila Kertz
Online education attracts a variety of people with different backgrounds. Expanding my professional network through the program means, even today, we continue to help each other.
DNP ’20

Faculty spotlight

Laura Kuensting.

Dr. Laura Kuensting joined the College of Nursing faculty in 2016 as the MSN/DNP program director. Dr. Kuensting taught for over five years at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Sinclair School of Nursing where she was the coordinator of the pediatric nurse practitioner program. She has been a practicing pediatric emergency department advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in St. Louis for over 25 years and a pediatric nurse for over 30 years. In 2015, Dr. Kuensting was the Director of the Institute for Emergency Nurses Advanced Practice (Emergency Nurses Association). Currently, she is the Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Association of Missouri Nurse Practitioners (AMNP), past-president of the St. Louis Chapter of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and an active member in the St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice group.

Laura Kuensting, DNP, APRN
MSN/DNP Program Director

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the College of Nursing