Doctor of Nursing Practice Postbaccalaureate

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Postbaccalaureate (DNP-PB) program at Wichita State University is a terminal degree in nursing that offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. The DNP degree meets the need of nurses who would like to pursue doctoral study, and focus on practice rather than research.

The pdficonAmerican Association of College of Nursing (AACN) has promoted the DNP degree as the highest level of nursing education in response to the increased complexity of healthcare, the disparity among healthcare disciplines, and the vast amount of knowledge needed for advanced practice nurses.

Key Program Features

  • Learn patient and practice management. Students receive education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement and healthcare system leadership.
  • Preparation for national certification. Students are provided a practice-focused degree emphasis that prepares them for national certification.
  • Expert and individualized instruction. The DNP program offers limited online courses and ample face-to-face interactions with expert faculty.
  • Systematic approach in course completion.
  • Guided clinical practicums in a variety of settings.
  • State of the art simulations to enhance learning.

Program Facts

Program Entry Point Fall
Average Program Length 4.5 years
Study Plan Options Tuesday; Wednesday classes, sequenced curriculum and some courses online
Application Deadline The deadline for the DNP-Postbaccalaureate application is May 1st.
Class Size 10 to 20 in each specialization
Application Ratio Varies
GPA to apply 3.0
Licensure Required Registered Nurse
Insurance Coverage Prior to enrolling in practicum coursework, students must have professional liability insurance coverage; minimum required $1,000,000 single incident /$3,000,000 aggregate.
Applicant Note All post baccalaureate DNP applicants request entrance to a specific specialization upon admission.