Nursing DNP, MSN to DNP Curriculum

The post master’s entry point is designed for graduate-prepared nurses who want to develop the knowledge, skills, and expertise to become clinical scholars, transformational leaders, and function at the highest level of nursing practice while obtaining a terminal degree in nursing practice.

Admission Criteria

  • Admission to the University by completing the UMSL Graduate School application
  • Completion of College of Nursing supplemental application 
  • MSN from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • MSN 3.0 GPA
  • Current professional licensure
  • Completion of an undergraduate general statistics course or Graduate level general statistics course

See the UMSL College of Nursing's website for the application process and specific program deadlines.

Degree Requirements

NURSE 7209Advanced Nursing Roles and the Role of the DNP3
NURSE 7211Biostatistics I3
NURSE 7220Leadership in Practice3
NURSE 7230Epidemiology3
NURSE 7240Health Informatics3
NURSE 7251Healthcare Economics3
NURSE 7260Program Evaluation and Quality Management in Healthcare3
NURSE 7291DNP Capstone I2
NURSE 7292DNP Capstone II2
NURSE 7293DNP Capstone III2
NURSE 7443Healthcare Policy3
Nursing elective (choose one of the following):3
Instructional Strategies in Nursing
Healthcare Law and Regulation
Social Determinants of Health
Introduction to Health Systems Management, and Policy for Underserved
State of the Science in Nursing Research and Practice
Total Hours33

Prior to completion of the DNP program, students will complete a clinical scholarship project that satisfies the graduate school requirement. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate informatics, research, and ethical/legal principles to provide excellence in advanced clinical nursing practice.

  • Translate research to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes.

  • Generate strategies for multidisciplinary leadership through analysis of critical indicators and/or healthcare delivery systems to optimize patient care and safety.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of strategies to influence health policy-making to improve health outcomes, shape healthcare delivery, and remove barriers to healthcare.
  • Evaluate approaches to practice utilizing both nursing theories and other health system theories.