BSN—DNP program

RN-BSN program

Each state has different registration and approval regulations for online degree programs offered within their state. We are not approved to offer online degree programs in all states. Please feel free to call us to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

The UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies was the first university in Missouri to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) to post-master’s students already certified as advanced practice nurses (APRN). The baccalaureate, master's, and DNP programs at UMKC are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

The School of Nursing & Health Studies provides BSN prepared nurses with a doctoral level education that will allow them to become certified advanced practice registered nurses. 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 sets 9 hours as the full time plan of study. Graduate Studies expects a minimum of three hours of class preparation per credit hour per week. For example, a three credit hour course will require three hours in class with no less than nine hours of preparation per week.

The application process is competitive. Aspects that are considered for admission, not in specific priority, are your personal statement, GPA, work experience, resume, references, involvement in nursing professional organizations, and the ability for critical thinking. Personal interviews may be requested. Attendance at the clinical institutes is mandatory and part of the curriculum course credit hours.

What are nurse practitioners (NP’s)?

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who use theory, evidence based practice/research, and clinical expertise to provide care to people of all ages. 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 employment 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

On-site Tracks

Online/Hybrid Distance Tracks

Each state has different registration and approval regulations for online degree programs offered within their state. We are not approved to offer online degree programs in all states. Please feel free to call us to verify the status of your state’s regulations.

*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.


Why the move from the MSN to the BSN to DNP as the entry level to practice for APRN’s?

The changing demands of this nation's complex healthcare environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes. The Institute of Medicine, Joint Commission, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other authorities have called for re-conceptualizing educational programs that prepare today’s health professionals.

Some of the many factors building momentum for change in nursing education at the graduate level include: the rapid expansion of knowledge underlying practice; increased complexity of patient care; national concerns about the quality of care and patient safety; shortages of nursing personnel which demands a higher level of preparation for leaders who can design and assess care; shortages of doctorally-prepared nursing faculty; and increasing educational expectations for the preparation of other members of the healthcare team (AACN, 2004 Position statement on the practice doctorate in Nursing).

In a 2005 report titled Advancing the Nation's Health Needs: NIH Research Training Programs, the National Academy of Sciences called for nursing to develop a non-research clinical doctorate to prepare expert practitioners who can also serve as clinical faculty. AACN's work to advance the DNP is consistent with this call to action.

Nursing is moving in the direction of other health professions in the transition to the DNP. Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), Pharmacy (PharmD), Psychology (PsyD), Physical Therapy (DPT), and Audiology (AudD) all offer practice doctorates.

Program Admission Requirements

  • BSN from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or ACEN)
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.2 for the last 60 hours of the BSN program on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered Missouri licensure or unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements
  • The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the DNP program; they can be taken at UMKC prior to or concurrent with the first summer semester. It is strongly recommended they are taken prior to admission.
    • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B. This course must be taken by the first summer semester.
    • A free-standing undergraduate health assessment course by the first summer semester with a minimum grade of B.
  • Interviews may be requested

Note: Students applying to the Kansas City ANP or FNP emphasis areas must have a current, unencumbered RN license in both Kansas and Missouri once admitted into the program. You do not need to have both licenses to apply.

Application Checklist and Due Dates

  • All materials must be submitted prior to December 15 for a summer start-up
  • Make application to our program through NursingCAS
  • Submit official transcripts to the UMKC Office of Admissions from each institution attended (as opposed to Nursing CAS) to:
    UMKC Office of Admissions
    120 Administrative Center
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110-2499