UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies

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Why Choose UMKC?

More Career Options

  • Contribute to the future of nursing and health care by earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies. 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. 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 health care.

Less Expensive

  • Our program is also extremely affordable. We offer in-state tuition in states we are authorized to deliver our 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.

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.

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.

The Value of Real-World Experience
We understand the value of practical, real-world experience, and while many online degrees struggle to offer this, at UMKC we pride ourselves on offering more interactive experience to our graduate nursing students.

UMKC DNP Options


Online Tracks

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

Post-BSN DNP

The post-baccalaureate DNP curriculum is designed for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a generalist (non-APRN) or nursing education focus.

Post-Master’s DNP

The post-Master’s DNP curriculum is designed for nurses who have already earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree. UMKC SONHS offers three entry pathways in the post-Master’s DNP program.

  • Post-Master’s DNP
  • Post-Master’s APRN DNP (returning for a 2nd NP role)
  • Post-Master’s Leadership DNP

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How Much Will It Cost?

Everyone in the UMKC graduate nursing program pays in-state tuition & fees, regardless of where you live.

Financial aid and nursing scholarships are also available.

How Long Will It Take?

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

There are clinical residencies that are scheduled during the semesters you are enrolled in a clinical course. Clinical rotations can be arranged near your physical location.

Our courses are conducted online, with some requiring class/chat times. Class/chat times are scheduled on Thursdays or Fridays and are communicated well in advance. Students use the web-based software, Blackboard, for their online courses. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class. You can log on to find homework, class assignments, a class list, a syllabus and more 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 from a college or university nationally recognized by a nursing accrediting agency (CCNE or AACN).
  • The GPA required for admission is a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (calculated on the last 60 hours of their BSN degree) or a minimum of 3.2 for their MSN.
  • Current unencumbered Missouri licensure of 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 in the first semester (it is strongly recommended to complete prior to applying):
    • Graduate level statistics course with a minimum grade of B.
    • A free-standing undergraduate health assessment course which needs to be completed in the first summer or fall semester with a minimum grade of B.
  • Personal interviews may be requested.

Application Deadline


  • October 15th, 2017 (for early decision/acceptance) to start coursework in the Spring 2018 semester (January 2018) or the Summer 2018 semester (June 2018).
  • February 1st, 2018 to start coursework in the Summer 2018 semester (June 2018).
  • October 15th, 2018 (for early decision/acceptance) to start coursework in the Spring 2019 semester (January 2019) or the Summer 2019 semester (June 2019).
  • February 1st, 2019 to start coursework in the Summer 2019 semester (June 2019).

Students can apply 9-12 months before their planned start date. Applications are processed in the order they are received. Earlier completion of your application increases the likelihood of early acceptance. All required materials are due by 5pm CST on the due date.

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What Other Options Are Available?

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