The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is designed for nurses interested in pursuing a practice doctorate instead of the traditional research doctorate.  The practice doctorate is for advanced clinicians who are in direct or indirect clinical practice. Endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2004), the focus of the DNP is to provide nurses with additional education in the areas of health policy, organizational leadership and management, and additional clinical expertise with a focus on evidence-based practice. The DNP graduate is dedicated to improving the health outcomes of individuals, families and communities through translation of clinical research into practice.

The DNP program includes core coursework in addition to a clinical scholarly project, and the DNP plan of study spans approximately 3 years.

For information about the difference between the PhD and DNP programs, as well as DNP specific FAQs, please visit the DNP Frequently Asked Questions. For more information about UMSL graduate studies, please visit the Graduate School Future Students page

For more information, contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services.

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