The College of Nursing
The UMSL College of Nursing was established in 1981 with the initiation of a BSN completion program. A full BSN program including an accelerated option for non-nurses, MSN programs and academic and professional doctoral programs were established by 2000. UMSL is the only public institution in the St. Louis metropolitan area that offers baccalaureate through doctoral nursing education. The College enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with the region's health services providers - our community of interest.
College of Nursing Faculty
The College's nursing faculty members are recognized as leaders in the education of nurses and innovators in nursing practice and research. The faculty, through teaching and research, is at the forefront in the changes in delivery of health care and are dedicated to the advancement of the nursing profession. Student's have access to faculty through classroom and clinical settings, the internet and extracurricular activities.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The focus of the DNP program is preparation, at the highest level, of leaders in clinical nursing who can improve quality of care for individuals and populations through advanced practice and through improving systems of care. The curriculum is based on national standards for DNP education. The DNP is offered cooperatively with UM-KC and UM-C and is based on the needs of each campus and their communities of interest.
The DNP program is designed for graduates to attain the following program outcomes:
- Generate integrated clinical and translational strategies to improve health care delivery and health outcomes in the region and in complex clinical environments.
- Use clinical scholarship and analytical methods in collaboration with multiple disciplines to shape healthcare delivery and policy.
- Lead the health care community by providing excellence in advanced clinical nursing practice.
Courses are designed to support nursing science, clinical research, leadership and a specialty area. Concepts woven throughout the courses include methodologies for translating research into practice, using culturally competent leadership techniques with diverse and underserved populations, advanced nursing science and clinical scholarship, clinical prevention, advanced nursing practice and clinical decision making, understanding organizational systems and change, and policy development. The DNP program is available for currently certified advanced practice nurse practitioners who have completed an accredited MSN degree. This program is administered through the UMSL Graduate School. Graduate Supplemental Fee 2 is charged for all DNP courses in addition to the graduate educational fee.
In 2008, the College received a three year grant with recommended total funding of $891,867 from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will pay for 62 percent of the total program costs during the first three years. The remaining 37 percent of the program costs are expected to be funded by the program's revenues.
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Information for Prospective Students:
A list of required application materials for the DNP Program can be found on our Online Application Site. Click on "How to Apply" for further details.