CONTACT

Paola Fernandez
Academic Adviser
816-235-6277
fernandezp@umkc.edu

Casey Bauer
Sr. Academic Adviser
816-235-1733
bauerc@umkc.edu

Dr. Cheri Barber
Director DNP Program
PNP Program Coordinator
816-235-6355 ext. 1
barberch@umkc.edu

New Students, Save the Date!

Clinical Institute

  • Spring Clinical Institute: January 17th and 18th – 8am-5pm
  • Summer Clinical Institute: May 29th and May 30th – 8am-5pm

BSN-DNP

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 Requirements

The BSN-DNP program requires a mandatory Clinical Institute the first and last year of the DNP program. The MSN-DNP program requires one mandatory Clinical Institute on campus, and one online Clinical Institute during the course of the program. 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.

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

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.

RESOURCES

CONTACT

Paola Fernandez
Academic Adviser
816-235-6277
fernandezp@umkc.edu

Casey Bauer
Sr. Academic Adviser
816-235-1733
bauerc@umkc.edu

Dr. Cheri Barber
Director DNP Program
PNP Program Coordinator
816-235-6355 ext. 1
barberch@umkc.edu