Why Choose UMKC?

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  • Contribute to the future of nursing and healthcare by earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. With more than 25 years of experience delivering distance education, UMKC has a 100% certification rate for our advanced practice graduates. Our programs will put you on the path to professional growth, leadership, and social advocacy.

More Flexibility

  • Our DNP program is an affordable, nationally based program that can be completed online or on campus. Work from the comfort of your own home, while you receive the same quality education as our on-campus students.

More Innovative

  • The UMKC DNP program is recognized for its innovative and effective use of technology. We offer one of the first online DNP programs in the US. We have experienced faculty engaged in national, professional organizations and practice, including five faculty named as Fellows in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Our program is in the top 10 online DNP programs per U.S. News & World Report. Our program will ensure you are up-to-date with the latest in nursing and healthcare.
  • UMKC is one of 30 Universities in the U.S. that has nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy degree programs on the same campus; thus interprofessional collaboration with faculty from other healthcare disciplines, for educational and research activities, is possible. We have prominent faculty engaged in research at local, national, and international levels. Our faculty is on-line certified thus ensuring a positive learning experience.

Less Expensive

  • Our program offers affordable tuition in states we are authorized to deliver our DNP program. U.S. News & World Report recognized us as one of the top 10 schools in the nation for affordable online graduate nursing programs.

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“I truly can say UMKC and its faculty remain an outstanding facility for health care academics.”

“UMKC and the faculty leaders have impressed upon me that achieving overall excellence is paramount, [and that] developing mutual relationships with healthcare leaders allows for growth as a person and leads to a meaningful experience.

It was clearly evident the faculty really cared for the students and wanted me and my classmates to succeed in the DNP Program. I found the curriculum challenging, but rewarding. I came back each summer as part of the summer intersession to reconnect with the faculty and provide updates on my scholarly project.

As our healthcare landscape changes, I truly can say UMKC and its faculty remain an outstanding facility for health care academics.“

Daniel Blaz, DNP
Recipient of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Award

How Does The Program Work?

The UMKC graduate nursing programs are extremely flexible to fit your lifestyle. You will graduate with confidence knowing you learned from nurse educators excelling in the field who are conducting nationally-funded research, innovative interprofessional education, and have active clinical practices.

We were one of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in the country. The School of Nursing has been providing graduate distance education for over 25 years. Students achieve from all tracks consistently score a 100% first pass rate on national certification exams.

You will love learning from our highly qualified, online certified, clinically active faculty. We also offer peer mentoring and plenty of opportunities for student-to-student interaction. We have five Faculty Fellows, recognized for their achievements in the profession by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

The Value of Real-World Experience
We understand the value of practical, real-world experience, and while many online degree programs struggle to offer this, at UMKC we pride ourselves on offering more interactive experiences to our graduate nursing students. Faculty are committed to student success and bring their real-world clinical experience to the classes they teach.

UMKC support services are available to all distance education students. Distance education students are afforded the same UMKC student support services as our on-campus students. Every student is assigned an Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor.

UMKC Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Options

The DNP program is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares experts in advanced nursing practice specialization. The curriculum provides innovative and evidence-based content which prepares nurses to lead in practice, systems, and policy arenas, while improving patient outcomes in a variety of healthcare settings.


Online Tracks

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) – primary care and acute care focus
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) custom plan of study
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) custom plan of study

As part of the program, all students develop an evidence-based study that integrates all the components of the DNP Essentials, focused on improving healthcare and leading systems.

Post-BSN DNP

The post-Baccalaureate DNP curriculum (74 credit hours) is designed for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The curriculum is offered year round.

Students seeking Advanced Practice (NP) can complete the program in 4.5 years in the part-time plan or in three years in the full-time plan.

Post-MSN DNP

The Post-Master’s DNP curriculum (31 credit hours minimum) is designed for nurses who have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree. UMKC SONHS offers two entry pathways in the Post-Master’s DNP program.

  • Post-MSN to DNP
  • Post-MSN to DNP (including returning for new or a 2nd NP role)

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Is Financial Assistance Available?

UMKC offers scholarships, grants, loans and work-study jobs.

Let us help you navigate your path. Learn about the diverse scholarships and financial aid resources that exist at UMKC, the School of Nursing and Health Studies and from external agencies.

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The Nurse Faculty Loan Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduate nursing students who wish to educate the next generation of nurses. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers who graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. Loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing.

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“My doctoral experience at UMKC was phenomenal.”

“My doctoral experience at UMKC was phenomenal. My faculty advisor was very knowledgeable and provided invaluable feedback yet, treated me as if we were colleagues. I have attended other nursing schools in the state of Missouri and UMKC exceeds them all.“

Lisa Gill, DNP

How Long Will It Take?

The curriculum is offered year round. The post-MSN to DNP plan of study takes 6 semesters, while the extended plan of study (1 class per semester) takes 9 semester to complete. Find DNP sample plans of study here.

We offer flexible schedules with fast-track full time options to part time plans, with personalized attention and mentoring from faculty and 24/7 NetTutor student support.

NP students arrange clinical rotations near their physical location coordinating with faculty.

Our courses are conducted online, in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class. Some courses may require times that are scheduled on Thursdays or Fridays and are communicated well in advance.

Students use the web-based software, Canvas, for their online courses. You can log on to find homework, class assignments, a class list, a syllabus and work on course assignments at any time. The program allows students to engage in interactive learning with faculty and other students in an online platform.

We designed the graduate programs to give professionals flexibility.

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How Do I Apply?

Are you convinced that the UMKC DNP program is right for you? Here is what you need to know to apply and enroll:

Admission Requirements


  • BSN or MSN from an accredited Baccalaureate or Masters nursing program.
  • The GPA required for admission is a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current unencumbered licensure in the state in which the student completes clinical requirements.
  • The following two courses are pre-requisites to progression in the DNP program; however they can be taken at UMKC along with your program of study:
    • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.
    • A free-standing undergraduate health assessment course with a minimum grade of B.
  • Personal interviews may be requested.

Application Deadline

Applications are processed in the order they are received. Earlier completion of your application increases the likelihood of early acceptance. 


  • October 15, 2018 (for early decision/acceptance) to start coursework in January or June 2019
  • February 15, 2019 (for regular acceptance) to start coursework in June 2019
  • June 15, 2018 (Fall 2018 start for Nurse Educator & Post-MSN Certificates ONLY)

All required materials are due by 5 pm CST on the due date.

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What Other Options Are Available?

Learn more about our other online nursing programs:

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