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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Graduate applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Be a leader in nursing

Take your nursing practice career to the next level. BSN-DNP students prepare for entry-level primary care practice as a family nurse practitioner, and Post-Master's DNP students learn how to improve patient outcomes and reduce health disparities as a leader in health care.

You get support from a faculty mentor who will assist you in developing your quality improvement project and an advisor who is your contact in the program at any point regardless of the course. 

Degree options

Our CCNE-accredited program offers two degree options with a combination of online and seated courses taught by our experienced nursing faculty so that you can conveniently complete your coursework. Competitive and selective admission means you will be attending class with other successful nursing professionals.

BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Our BSN to DNP prepares graduates for the national family nurse practitioner certification exam. Our BSN to DNP students have a 100 percent pass rate.

Post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice

The post-master’s DNP prepares masters-prepared nurses in leadership roles to address health disparities of vulnerable and rural populations.


Turn your ideas into action

With Missouri State’s affordable and flexible DNP, you will not only provide exceptional care, but also become a leader.

Careers and outcomes

Achieve a role in administration, policy, public health, teaching and family practice.

Estimated costs

We are one of the lowest cost programs in the nation but with the high quality you expect.

Change project

A curriculum component that helps you improve the healthcare outcomes of your workplace.

Online DNP receives top three ranking

Grad School Hub recognized Missouri State's online doctor of nursing practice, also known as DNP, as the third-best DNP program in the United States.

Missouri State stood out because of a previous ranking with U.S. News as number 106 among best universities in the Midwest. MSU’s low tuition also encouraged the ranking.


Accreditation and approval

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Missouri State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has the full approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.