Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor NP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the KU School of Nursing prepares advanced practice nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP offers sophisticated, cutting-edge experiences that help nurses actively engage in a complex, dynamic and demanding health care field. Skills in collaboration, innovation and evaluation, complemented by advanced practice nursing skills, will prepare nurses to shape the future of health care.

Advanced practice nurses will be prepared to provide patient-centered care that is evidence-based, contribute to the development of evidence-based practice, and pursue leadership roles in a variety of health care and educational settings.

Program Objectives

  1. Integrate science-based theories with clinical expertise and organizational management to provide leadership in health care systems and in development of health care policy.
  2. Apply research utilization skills in various health care delivery systems.
  3. Synthesize, interpret, and apply knowledge from nursing practice, research, and theory to promote and sustain evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
  4. Demonstrate professional values in advanced practice nursing roles.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with colleagues in nursing and other disciplines to meet the health needs of client systems in varied health care delivery systems.
  6. Use information and technology in the development and implementation of programs to evaluate outcomes of care, care systems, and quality improvement.


The post-baccalaureate DNP curriculum is designed for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. DNP graduates will develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to become clinical scholars and transformational leaders, and to function at the highest level of nursing practice .

The DNP program is divided into two components. The first consists of courses focusing on initial preparation for the advanced practice clinical or functional role. The second component includes courses for doctoral level preparation for advanced practice clinical or functional roles. Program Details

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. The DNP degree will allow applicants to serve at a higher level as an advanced practice nurse or leader in their existing specialty. Persons with a generalist or nursing education master's degree are not eligible for admission into the post-master's DNP option. KU offers two majors in the post-master's DNP program. Program Details

Last modified: Feb 22, 2017