Register today for our DNP online information session

Join us for a live information session and learn more about the DNP program from MU's Sinclair School of Nursing. As part of the live event, you will be able to ask questions, participate in the discussion and receive additional information from our staff.

Date: March 19, 2020

Time: 12 noon – 1 p.m. CST

Meet Miriam Butler, DNP, MSN

Leading the session will be Dr. Miriam Butler, current director of MU's Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) and Area Coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner DNP area of Study at the Sinclair School of Nursing. She received her DNP and MSN from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Butler has over 20 years of experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner in public health, GYN oncology surgery, primary and acute care.

Earn your DNP from Mizzou

Combining online and in-person learning — the doctor of nursing practice program at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing prepares nurses to become leaders in their respective advanced nursing practice roles, with a strong clinical focus. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to a research-focused doctoral program.

Choose from six areas of study:

  • Adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist
  • Family nurse practitioner
  • Psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner
  • Pediatric clinical nurse specialist
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner-primary care
  • Nursing leadership and innovations in health care

Degree Details

  • Online graduate students pay in-state tuition regardless of residency.
  • Typical completion time varies ranging from 2 years post-master's to 5 years post-baccalaureate (part-time).
  • Graduates of the DNP programs in one of the nurse practitioner or clinical specialist areas of study will be eligible for advanced practice nurse certification from AACN or AANPCP.
  • The first summer of enrollment, you will come to campus for a mandatory three-day orientation, typically in early June. In addition, short, intensive campus experiences (no more than three days) are required in select specialty courses.

We are currently taking applications for summer 2020. The application deadline is July 1, 2020.

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.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Commission on Higher Learning of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Sinclair School of Nursing in accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).