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Doctor of Nursing Practice

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the KU School of Nursing offers a flexible learning environment to prepare nurses at the highest level of practice. The DNP curriculum provides 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 nursing practice 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. KU offers the following BSN to DNP specialty tracks:

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Health Informatics
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Health Nursing

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.  KU offers two majors in the post-master's DNP program:

  • Advanced Practice - requires master's degree preparation as a nurse practitioner, clincial nurse specialist, or nurse midwife
  • Leadership - requires master's degree preparation in nursing administration/leadership, health informatics, or public health nursing

Program Details

Last modified: Nov 16, 2020