Missouri DNP Programs

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Missouri DNP Requirements

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal level nursing degree that focuses on clinical practice, which differs from the research-centered PhD. There are currently eight DNP programs in Missouri, three of which are offered by branches of the University of Missouri (Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Louis). This number is likely to grow as the DNP becomes necessary for advanced practice certification in the future.

The goal of Missouri's DNP program is to prepare graduates to provide an advanced level of transformative nursing care, and to take on leadership and policy roles in healthcare. The program, like many others, emphasizes evidence-based practice.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Missouri DNP programs vary in terms of curricula and program entry-points. Some programs are an option only for those who have already earned a master's degree. Saint Louis University is an example of this, offering an online post-master's program that requires completion of at least 28 credit hours beyond the MSN. The University of Missouri-Kansas City and Graceland University also offer only a post-MSN entry-point, and both schools' curriculums are 31 credit hours. Other programs, such as that at Marysville University-St. Louis, offer both a post-MSN and a post-BSN entry-point.

Admission Criteria

Common admissions requirements for Missouri DNP programs include the following:

  • A bachelor's or master's from an accredited program
  • 3.20-3.5 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Unencumbered RN License
  • Advanced Practice National Certification
  • Successful completion of a statistics course
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A professional goal statement or essay
  • Current resume
  • Interview


Tuition varies by program, and is subject to change annually. Graceland University offers an example, charging tuition of $650 per credit hour. Tuition and fees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is about $435 per credit for in-state, but the cost per credit hour diminishes as the number of credits increases.

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Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
Phone: (573) 751-0681
Fax: (573) 751-0075

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Missouri

Sinclair School of Nursing
S235 School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211
University of Missouri - Columbia
104 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Graceland University
1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050
Umkc School of Nursing
2464 Charlotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
University of Missouri - Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64112
Saint Louis University
221 N. Grand Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63103
College of Nursing - Univ of Missouri - St Louis
One University Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63121
Maryville University of St. Louis
650 Maryville University Drive
St Louis, MO 63141
St Louis University
221 N. Grand Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63103
University of Missouri - Saint Louis
1 University Blvd.
St Louis, MO 63121

Missouri Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (MO)

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 Missouri 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.

Missouri DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Missouri, 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 Missouri educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the Missouri Board of Nursing to find out more about how Missouri recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Missouri school's current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Missouri Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Missouri, more and more Missouri 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 Missouri 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, Missouri 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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