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.


For more information about UMSL graduate studies, please visit the Graduate School's Future Students page.

For more information about the College of Nursing's degree programs, contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Services.