Paola Fernandez
Academic Adviser

Casey Bauer
Sr. Academic Adviser

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Clinical Institute

  • Spring Semester:  January 11th and 12th 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Summer Semester: May 30st, 31st, and June 1st, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Change your career trajectory with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

UMKC’s Doctor of Nursing Practice is the highest level of nursing practice. This DNP program prepares nurses to improve overall healthcare by anticipating, adapting, and evolving to the dynamic challenges in present and future healthcare environments.  The DNP degree assists the students to become an active partner in improving healthcare outcomes, while participating in complex, dynamic, and demanding healthcare fields.  Skills in teamwork, collaboration, clinical innovation and evaluation, complemented by advanced nursing skills is essential preparation for nurses to become leaders in an ever changing healthcare climate.


Nurses prepared at the doctoral level can expect to receive a blend of clinical, organizational, economic, interprofessional and leadership training.  Students are taught to use advanced theory to impact daily practice. The practice-based doctorate gives graduates the tools necessary to translate evidence-based research into practice. Graduates are expected to function clinically at the highest level by evaluating outcomes based scientific research evidence, modify care to improve patient outcomes, and advance the delivery of healthcare.

Not sure if a DNP is right for you? UMKC has innovative, visionary faculty and well-established history in nursing education.  UMKC developed the first DNP program in the region, graduating the first DNP class in 2008. Not sure which emphasis suits your needs? Let UMKC help. The dedicated faculty at SoNHS can help you align your passion with one of our clinical tracks.

UMKC’s accredited doctorate program offers several diverse emphasis tracks on campus and online. Our online programs consistently rank among the best in the country, and is in the top 10 of the “most affordable” online graduate nursing programs per a recent recognition from U.S. News and World Report.

There are a variety of specialty tracks for BSN and MSN prepared nurses to advance their education.


The post-baccalaureate DNP curriculum is designed for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a generalist (non-APRN) or nursing education focus.

Post-Master’s DNP

The Post-Master’s DNP curriculum is designed for nurses who have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree.  UMKC SoNHS offers three entry pathways in the Post-Master’s DNP program.


Post-Master’s Advanced Practice DNP

Appropriate master’s prepared nurses certified in Advanced Practice (APRN) roles to complete the DNP degree including certified Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, and Nurse Midwife.

Post-Master’s Advanced Practice DNP (returning for a Second NP role and DNP)

Appropriate for master’s prepared APRN nurses returning for coursework to obtain a second NP role along with the DNP.

Post-Master’s Leadership DNP (without advanced practice certification)

Appropriate master’s preparation can include Nursing Leadership (Administration), Nursing Infomatics, Public Health, Clinical Research Management, or others.  National certification in the area is preferred not required.

*Individualized plans of study are developed for students in this entry pathway depending upon prior coursework.

On Campus Residency Requirements

The DNP program requires a mandatory summer residency every year at our Kansas City campus. The visit is part of coursework that allows you to develop tools for success, peer support, role acquisition and mentoring on project activities with specific courses.

There are clinical residencies that are scheduled during the semesters you are enrolled in a clinical course. Clinical rotations can be arranged near your physical location.

State Regulation Requirements

We are now a part of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) which allows us to offer online programs to students in other SARA states. We are able to accept and enroll students into most of our online programs in 48 states, including Washington, DC. We highly recommend that you review this information prior to submitting your application. Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

Online/Hybrid Distance Education Program

We designed the graduate programs to give professionals flexibility. Our courses are conducted online, with some may require class/chat times. Class/chat times are scheduled on Thursdays or Fridays and are communicated well in advance.

Students use the Web-based software, Blackboard, for their online courses. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class. You can log on to find homework, class assignments, a class list, a syllabus and more at any time. The program allows students to engage in interactive learning with faculty and other students in an online platform.

DNP Application Deadline:

All completed application materials are due by 5:00 pm on the following dates:

  • October 16th (for early decision/acceptance) to start coursework in January or June
  • February 16th (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June

DNP Options