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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.
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.
Common admissions requirements for Missouri DNP programs include the following:
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.