Casey Bauer
Sr. Academic Adviser

Dr. Lyla Lindholm
Co-Director DNP Program

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Clinical Institute

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


Designed around the needs of our students and today’s nursing landscape, our DNP program is comprised of three Post-MSN to DNP tracks, allowing students to select the path of study that aligns best with their professional goals.

Post-MSN to 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 the following  entry pathways into the Post-Master’s DNP program.

Post-MSN, Advanced Practice to DNP

Master’s in Science prepared nurses certified in Advanced Practice (APRN) roles  including certified Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthetist, and Nurse Midwife.

Post-MSN to DNP* (returning for a new or second NP role and DNP)

MSN prepared nurses returning for coursework to obtain a new or second NP role along with the DNP.

*Individualized plans of study are developed for students  depending upon prior coursework.  Applicants will need to provide course syllabi  for evaluation of potential transfer credits from previous programs.

Online/Hybrid Distance Education Tracks available to complete in addition to the DNP

Post-MSN, non-APRN to DNP*

A  master’s degree in one of the following areas of Nursing Leadership (Administration), Nursing Informatics, Public Health, Clinical Research Management, or others.  National certification in the area is preferred not required.

*Individualized plans of study are developed for students  depending upon prior coursework.  Applicants will need to provide course syllabi  for evaluation of potential transfer credits from previous programs.

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:

  • March 16, 2018 (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June 2018
  • June 15, 2018 (Fall 2018 start for Nurse Educator & Post-MSN Certificates ONLY)
  • October 15, 2018 (for early decision/acceptance) to start coursework in January or June 2019
  • February 15, 2019 (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June 2019