If you are thinking about advancing your nursing career, it’s time to consider a graduate degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  UMSL offers nationally recognized programs that are designed to accommodate working nurses seeking post-baccalaureate or post-masters study.  The didactic courses are online and there are required intensive on-campus experiences.  Our programs make it possible to continue your education and pursue a Doctoral degree while maintaining an active nursing practice and having time for family. We embrace diversity and our programs are designed to prepare students that are both culturally fluent and prepared to work in both rural and urban settings.  UMSL offers six separate concentrations for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).  Click an option below for more information.

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.  Students can enter the program as a BSN to DNP or MSN to DNP.  Admittance into the DNP program is guaranteed for UMSL Nursing students with a 3.75 or above GPA.

For additional information on the DNP program, please see the DNP student handbook.


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.