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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is an online program with intensive on campus experience that focuses on the preparation 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 and the program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

UMSL offers several separate concentrations for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

  • Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Leadership in Population Health

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 certification-eligible advanced practice nurses who have completed an accredited MSN degree, those with non-NP MSN degrees, and BSN graduates. This program is administered by the UMSL Graduate School.

Learn more about the program curriculum.

What UMSL Nursing has to offer

Since its founding in 1981, the UMSL College of Nursing has grown exponentially. Why? Because the UMSL College of Nursing has been at the forefront of delivering quality, affordable nursing education to the St. Louis region and beyond. Born out of a desire to meet the ever-growing need for a competently trained, professional nursing workforce, today nearly 1,000 students call the College of Nursing home. Of these, more than 20 percent are minority students and approximately 40 percent are first-generation students.

The college has developed innovative partnerships with local health-care agencies to deliver state-of-the-art clinical experiences to its students and prides itself particularly on its impact on the local region, as nearly 90 percent of its alumni stay and work in St. Louis after graduation. Offering traditional BSN, RN to BSN and doctorate-level degrees in multiple formats – including online, off-campus and accelerated options – the college is a recognized leader in delivering compassionate, innovative, evidence-based care that quite literally results in a healthier St. Louis.

The UMSL College of Nursing is fully accredited/approved by the following bodies:the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Missouri State Board of Nursing (pre-licensure program), and the Pediatric Nursing Certificate Board (PNCB, PNP program).

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