Kansas DNP Programs

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Kansas DNP Programs

There are currently three Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in Kansas. The DNP is a terminal level nursing degree with a clinical focus. This differs from the PhD, which focuses on research. This number is expected to grow, as the AACN aims to replace the MSN in advanced practice with a doctoral level degree.

The mission statements of Kansas DNP programs bare many similarities. The common mission is to prepare graduates for an advanced practice role in an increasingly-complex medical industry. The programs aim to prepare advanced practice nurses to be leaders who have the ability to shape healthcare through administration and policy changes.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary between universities. Depending on the program, a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher from an accredited program is necessary in order to be considered. Students must submit official transcripts, RN or Certified APRN licensure, a statement of career goals, and letters of recommendation, in some cases. Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must document English proficiency.

Two of the three DNP programs in Kansas, those offered by the University of Kansas and Wichita State University, offer both a MSN-DNP and BSN-DNP pathway, though Washburn University States that it plans to add the post-BSN entry-point in the fall of 2015. Washburn University's DNP program is the most unique, in that it was the first in the country to give DNP students concurrent access to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. In addition, Washburn does not require that nurses are nurse practitioners in order to be admitted to the program.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The curricula differ between the three programs. Wichita State, for example, offers four different specializations: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). This particular program is four years in length for post-BSN entrants and the curriculum is comprised of 74 CORE and specialization credit hours. Post-master's entrants take 2-3 years to complete the program, and the curriculum consists of 29 credit hours in a specialization.

The University of Kansas offers a curriculum similar to that of Wichita State. Post-MSN students can choose between the Advanced Practice Major and the Leadership Major, both of which have a 32 credit hour curriculum. The curriculum for BSN-DNP students is comprised of 74 credit hours.

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University of Kansas
1501 South Joplin Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, KS 67260

Kansas Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (KS)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Kansas DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Kansas DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Kansas, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Kansas educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Kansas Board of Nursing to find out more about how Kansas recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Kansas schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Kansas Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Kansas, more and more Kansas higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Kansas to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Kansas nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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