Degree Requirements

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree prepares graduates for advanced nursing practice at the highest level. The D.N.P. 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 nursing practice skills — prepare nurses to shape the future of health care. Graduates of the D.N.P. program 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. All D.N.P. graduates must have completed at least 1,000 hours of supervised, post-baccalaureate, practice experiences.

Specializations

The D.N.P. program offers nurses a variety of specializations in 2 majors: Advanced Practice and Leadership.

Advanced-Practice Major

The advanced-practice nursing major prepares nurses for clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, or nurse anesthesia role specializations.

  • The clinical nurse specialist specialization includes adult/gerontological nursing. It prepares nurses to perform in the expanded role of caring for a particular kind of patient/client or to function in a particular kind of setting.
  • The nurse practitioner specialization prepares nurses to provide primary health care to clients and families across the life span. Family nurse practitioner, adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner options are available. The nurse practitioner is prepared to provide primary health care in a variety of settings.
  • The nurse-midwife specialization focuses on the support and management of well-women’s primary and reproductive health care needs throughout the life span.
  • The nurse anesthesia specialization prepares nurses to perform as nurse anesthetists. Admission to this specialization is through the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, KU School of Health Professions.

Leadership Major

  • Clinical Research Management
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Public Health Nursing

Curriculum

The post-baccalaureate D.N.P. program requires the following:

  • 18-20 credit hours of common core courses
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of capstone project
  • 12-23 credit hours of Advanced-Practice or Leadership core
  • 12-23 credit hours of specialization courses
  • 15 credit hours of specialty area support courses and practica courses
  • Satisfactory completion of the university's research skills and responsible scholarship requirement

Total required program credit hours vary from 71 to 81, depending on the specialization.

The post-master’s D.N.P. program requires the following:

  • 11 credit hours of common core courses
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of capstone project
  • 15 credit hours of specialty courses
  • Satisfactory completion of the university's Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement

A total of 32 credit hours is required for the post-master’s D.N.P.

For further information, visit the Doctor of Nursing Practice section of the school's website.

Contact Info

School of Nursing

KU Medical Center, G020 School of Nursing Building
Mail Stop 2029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-1619
913-588-1615
913-588-7963
soninfo@kumc.edu
http://nursing.kumc.edu
Debra J. Ford, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
913-588-1619
dford@kumc.edu

School of Nursing

KU Medical Center, G020 School of Nursing Building
Mail Stop 2029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-1619
913-588-1615
913-588-7963
soninfo@kumc.edu
http://www2.kumc.edu/son/
Debra Ford, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
913-588-1619
dford@kumc.edu
Debbie Stratton, Graduate Recruiter
913-588-1619
dstratton@kumc.edu
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