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Connect to Your Future as a Nursing Practitioner

Earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) with a specialization in family care fully online.




Go from a MSN to a DNP

The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post Master (MSN-DNP) program at Wichita State University is a terminal degree in nursing that offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral program with the highest level of evidence-based advanced nursing practice. The DNP program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by Commission on College Nursing Education (CCNE).
Program Information
  • This program admits a cohort once per year, starting Spring Semester.
  • All MSN to DNP program applicants must be an active, licensed Registered Nurse, have a Master's Degree in Nursing, and be nationally certified as an advanced practice nurse in their specialization.
  • The 29-credit hour curriculum is fully online and can be completed in 2-3 years. There is no clinical component in the residency courses.
  • Throughout the program, students will interact with faculty regularly through online course experiences.

Learn more about course requirements in the Graduate School Catalog:

MSN to DNP: Individual/Family Focus

How much will it cost?
Wichita State Online students pay in-state tuition regardless of where they live. The cost of tuition varies depending on degree, credits, and courses. Visit the tuition page for more information.

This program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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What careers could I advance to?

Some of the most in-demand positions for DNP graduates include:

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Health Care Systems Leader

In addition to the chance to earn a higher salary, completing your DNP will open up many opportunities that you didn't have available to you before. You’ll be in a better position to conduct quality improvement, provide evidence-based nursing practice, obtain leadership roles, and educate patients and the public on health care issues.

Application and Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline

Priority will be given to applications received by October 15th.  Other applications will be reviewed for a specified time as space allows.

This program starts once per year, in January. 

Admission Requirements

Please view admission materials on the link provided below.

MSN to DNP: Individual/Family Focus

How to Apply

All WSU Graduate School applications must be completed online. Once you have created an account and have selected your choice of study, you will be prompted to provide required application material.

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Find out more information about steps on how to apply to WSU Graduate School:

Graduate School Application Checklist