Paola Fernandez
Academic Adviser

Casey Bauer
Sr. Academic Adviser

Dr. Laura Thiem
MSN Program Director


Application Deadline

  • February 15, 2019 (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June

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Clinical Institute

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




Invest in your future with an online Master of Science in Nursing from UMKC. Our accredited program is strategically designed to meet the needs of professionals. Students can choose a thesis or complete advanced research coursework. The affordable in-state rates, dedicated faculty and innovative academics allow our program to stand out.

The MSN prepared Nurse Practitioner is ready to assume responsibility and accountability for the health promotion, assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient problems including the prescription of pharmacologic agents within a specialty area of clinical practice such as Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP).

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 Track Options – Spring & Summer Start:

Online Track Options – Spring & Fall Start:

  • Nurse Educator (NE) (41 credit hours)
    • Nurse Educator students have the option of taking an orientation session online or on campus.
    • requires one visit to our Kansas City campus to complete a class, N5544 Advanced Health Assessment Skills

Online Track Options – Summer Start:

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) (45 credit hours)
    • On campus residency each semester during clinical courses
    • Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years of full-time clinical practice experience (within the last 5 years) as a RN in the care of critically ill neonates or infants with the majority of experience being in a level III or level IV NICU.

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.

Application Deadlines

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

  • February 15, 2019 (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June 2019

*Please refer to the program in which you are interested in for additional application requirements and deadlines.