Program Requirements

Retention policies

To remain in the DNP program, the student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 with no more than three (3) credit hours of graduate work below a grade of "B" (3.00) and no hours of graduate work below a grade of "C".  Receive a "pass" in all clinical evaluations.
  2. Not repeat more than one course.
  3. Complete all requirements for the program by the fifth year after admission to the DNP program.
  4. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of professional nurses in advanced nursing roles.
  5. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge throughout the program.
  6. Maintain current Healthcare Provider Course (BLS) certification, RN licensure, health and liability insurance, and all immunizations required by clinical agencies throughout the program.
  7. The student must notify the Department of Nursing within five (5) days in the event of any legal infractions or any actions taken against their nursing license, or any investigation of such incidences.
  8. While the student's grades are important, retention in the DNP program is based on a composite picture of the student's ability to perform at a satisfactory level in the academic and clinical component of the educational program.

The Department of Nursing reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student.  This refusal will be determined by the judgment of the DNP Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee and the Department Head of Nursing and based on the student's ability to successfully complete academic or clinical assignments or function effectively in the roles required in the DNP program.  This includes the demonstration of characteristics associated with a professional nurse, including behaviors involving professionalism, ethics and integrity.

Technological requirements

The Missouri State University BSN to DNP Program uses a combination of online and on-campus modalities.  Didactic online content is delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats.  Applicants to the DNP program must be proficient using Blackboard (or other course platform systems), word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation graphics software.  Students are expected to be able to manage files, navigate the internet, access resources, locate scholarly references from the library, use a headset/microphone, computer camera, scanner and fax machine.  Students who have deficiencies in these areas must seek training before the start of the program.

The Department of Nursing uses a Blackboard course management system for all courses.  Additionally, the Adobe Macromedia software is used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences.  Videoconferencing may be used with Adobe Macromedia or Skype software.  Access to a personal computer with broadband (Cable or DSL) connections, a web camera, microphone with headset, and a laptop computer with wireless capabilities that meet the minimal hardware is required.  Our multimedia content is optimized for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Clinical experiences

Clinical experiences for BSN to DNP students are individually arranged with preceptors, who have the appropriate educational and experiential qualifications.  Students can complete their clinical experiences in their local community if appropriate sites and preceptors are available.  However, students may need to travel outside of the local community for clinical experiences.  All clinical sites and preceptors must be approved in advance by the DNP Program Director and a contract must be established with the clinical site before any clinical experiences occur.

For the Post-Masters DNP:  Students are required to be on-campus minimum of two times during the program.  The date and times for these on-campus visits will be published annually, prior to the start of the academic year.

Additional requirements of the program

Students will be required to initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screenings required for placement into agencies for clinical experiences. Some agencies require annual screening and affidavits.

Admission is contingent on completing the following immediately after acceptance to the program:

1.  Payment of a clinical tracking fee.  See the Department of Nursing website for a full list of program costs.

2.  Applicants must apply and pay for the state/federal Background Check and receive a response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as an advanced practice nurse or completion of clinical experiences in clinical settings.

3.  Pay for and complete a urine drug screen without disqualifying offenses.