APRN MSN-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. We will notify you as soon as possible if these regulations will affect your application to UMKC. 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 nursing program in the State of Missouri to offer the DNP degree, starting in 2007 with our first admission class.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a 31 credit hour, online post-masters program for certified advanced practice nurses in an active clinical practice. Students can complete the program in a 23 month, “regular” plan of study or a 35 month, “extended” plan of study. Students must complete a graduate level statistics course prior to enrolling in the DNP program.

Students take courses via the internet in either synchronous or asynchronous modes. In addition, students have annual on-site residencies at the UMKC campus during the program. These meetings allow students to develop peer support, role acquisition and mentoring for project activities.

If you are interested in a clinical terminal degree this may be the program for you. If you want more specific information about the APRN MSN-DNP, please visit the AACN website and review The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

The DNP curricular framework is based on the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice document. The curriculum reflects the competencies recommended by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. The DNP curriculum builds upon knowledge acquired in both the BSN and MSN programs. Advanced skills in theory, research, pharmacology, and pathophysiology are prerequisites for DNP courses in evidence based practice, advanced nursing theory, advanced practice clinical, and clinical practicum. Students must complete a scholarly project that is individualized to their area of focus and is expected to make a significant contribution to the profession.


Program Admission Requirements

  • Must be an Advanced Practice Nurse with an unencumbered nursing license
  • Post-master’s
  • Must be a nationally certified in one of the following areas:
    • Nurse Anesthetist
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Nurse Midwife
    • Nurse Practitioner
  • Must have completed a graduate level statistics course, nursing theory course, and nursing research course
  • Interviews may be requested

Application Checklist

  • All materials must be submitted prior to Feb. 1 for a summer start-up.
  • Submit the UMKC Application
  • Submit official transcripts from each institution attended to:
    UMKC Office of Admissions
    120 Administrative Center
    5100 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
  • Submit all other documents requested below to:
    UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies
    APRN MSN-DNP Admissions
    2464 Charlotte Street
    Kansas City, MO 64108
  • There is a $25 nursing application fee due with your nursing application materials. Please submit a check or Money Order made out to UMKC for $25
  • Reference Forms: At least three reference forms are required. The forms are to be submitted by current or former employers or individuals professionally acquainted with you and familiar with your academic competencies and goals (not relatives, friends, family physician or clergy). References from doctorally prepared nurses are preferred. The completed forms are to be mailed directly to the UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies. Please mark the envelope Attention: APRN MSN-DNP Admissions and send to UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies, 2464 Charlotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
  • Resume/Vita: Attach a resume or curriculum vita containing information on education, including the title of your master's thesis or project, if applicable; professional experience; memberships in professional organizations, including office(s) held; professional and academic honors; publications and presentations; and relevant public service activities.
  • Licensure: Attach a copy of your current valid, unencumbered RN license and proof of national certification as an advanced practice nurse (CRNA, CNM, CNS, NP).
  • Specific Area of Clinical Focus:
    Please utilize the PICO worksheet to help you develop a one to two page paper, (1 inch margins, 12 pt. font with your name, double spaced) describing in as much detail as possible the area of clinical focus/problem you plan to study during your DNP course work. Additional information about how to use the PICO method (Patient/Problem; Intervention; Compare to; Outcome) http://www.usc.edu/hsc/ebnet/ebframe/PICO.htm should help you to further define, for the Committee, your clinical focus/problem and purposed project. Remember, your goal is to become “the” expert in your clinical focus/problem in advanced practice nursing.
  • Completed Graduate Level Statistics Course
  • Signed Signature Page
  • Signed Personal Responsibility Form