Missouri State University

MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice: Full-Time Plan of Study

The nursing department at Missouri State offers an MSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for individuals with a master’s degree from an accredited program interested in pursuing a doctorate degree. After you are admitted to the program you will complete doctorate-level courses.

After you have been admitted into the program you will take a total 29 hours of course work and 528 clinical rotation hours. The MSN to DNP program can only be completed full-time or part-time and takes a minimum of four semesters to complete.

Sample schedule

Below is a sample schedule for the MSN to DNP program. This schedule should not replace meetings with your advisor but only serve as a guide. Keep in mind that you must be accepted to the graduate college and the program before you can begin taking courses. Courses should be completed in exactly the order they are listed on this sample schedule. This is to ensure that you will meet all requirements for graduation.

First semester (summer)

First semester courses Credit hours
NUR 800 DNP Leadership I: Concepts for Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR 990 Introduction to Transforming Practice1
Total hours4

Second semester (fall)

Second semester courses Credit hours
NUR 830 DNP Leadership II: Impacting Disparities in Health and Healthcare3
NUR 820 Social Justice and Disparities in Health and Healthcare2
NUR 991 Transforming Practice I3
NUR 802 Emerging Science of Advanced Practice2
Total hours10

Third semester (spring)

Third semester courses Credit hours
NUR 860 DNP Leadership III: Transforming Systems4
NUR 840 Technology for Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Systems2
NUR 992 Transforming Practice II3
NUR 824 Health Policy to Improve Health Disparities2
Total hours11

Fourth semester (summer)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
NUR 993 Transforming Practice III4
Total hours4