Paola Fernandez
Academic Adviser

Casey Bauer
Sr. Academic Adviser

Dr. Cheri Barber
Co-Director DNP Program
PNP Program Coordinator
816-235-6355 ext. 1

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Clinical Institute

  • Summer Semester: May 30th, and 31st 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


The School of Nursing and Health Studies offers BSN prepared nurses a doctoral level education to become certified advanced practice registered nurses. UMKC offers a mix online and onsite degree programs in five emphasis areas. There are full time, full time fast track, and part time plans of study. Students applying to the full time and full time fast track plan should not work during the program. The graduate studies office considers 9 hours a full time load. The graduate studies office recommends a minimum of three hours of class preparation per credit hour per week. It means a three credit course will require three hours in class with no less than nine hours of preparation per week.

Onsite Tracks

Online/Hybrid Distance Education Tracks

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Online program and coursework (clinical residency requirement)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Online program and coursework (clinical residency requirement)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Two program coursework options:
      • FNP emphasis area onsite in Kansas City with core courses online with the core clinical courses onsite in Kansas City.
      • Complete online program and coursework (clinical residency requirements).
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) (74 credit hours)
    • Two program coursework options:
      • AGNP emphasis area onsite in Kansas City with core courses online and the core clinical courses offered onsite at UMKC.
      • Complete online program and coursework (clinical residency requirements)

On Campus Residency Requirements

On campus residencies are required during the online programs. Online coursework may require scheduled online class times. These dates are scheduled in advance and communicated on the schedule for the semester. Faculty will provide more information prior to each scheduled on-campus residency which occurs during your clinical coursework.

State Regulation Requirements

Each state has different registration and approval regulations for online degree programs offered within their state. We highly recommend students review this list prior to completing your application for one of our programs.  We are not approved to offer online degree programs in all states.  Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

What is a nurse practitioner (NP)?

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who use theory, evidence based practice/research, and clinical expertise to provide care to people of all ages (not all tracks). As a health care provider, the nurse practitioner will:

  • Assess patient health status
  • Complete a detailed history and physical exam
  • Diagnose and treat common acute health problems
  • Manage care for stable, but chronically ill, patients
  • Manage prenatal care during pregnancy (WHNP)
  • Participate in, or manage, clinical research projects
  • Provide disease prevention and health promotion services

Potential career opportunities for nurse practitioner graduates include:

  • Collaborative clinical practice
  • Specialty practice
  • Community clinics
  • Group clinical practice/HMOs
  • Nurse-managed clinics
  • Rural health clinics
  • Occupational health
  • Urgent/emergency room
  • Migrant clinics
  • Clinical research
  • Medically underserved areas
  • Prisons

Online/Hybrid Distance Education, How does it work?

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.