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Connect to Your Future as a Nursing Practitioner

Bring focus and specialization to your nursing career with an online Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post Master (MSN to DNP) degree at Wichita State University.



Go from a MSN to a DNP

The MSN to DNP online program curriculum provides advanced education in areas such as evidence-based practice, quality improvement and health care system leadership. The Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post Master (DNP-PM) 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 DNP program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by Commission on College Nursing Education (CCNE).

Dive deeper into MSN clinical specialization areas:

  • Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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 and have a Master's Degree in Nursing in one of the above listed specializations.
  • 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.
How much will it cost?

$471.94 per credit hour*

*Based on 2019-2020 tuition rates and are subject to change.

Application Deadline

Application deadline is October 15th. Submit your application any time prior to this date or by this deadline for review.

This program starts once per year, in January. 


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:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Advanced Practice Nurse

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 obtain leadership roles, conduct research, and educate patients and the public on health care issues.

Application and Admissions Requirements

Candidates must pay the application fee and submit items listed below on the Graduate School Application Portal:

  1. An approved graduate level statistics course taken within the last six years.  The student can complete the stats prior or complete within the first year of enrollment in the degree program.  For questions about transfer course equivalencies, please contact Graduate Nursing Office.
  2. A nursing master’s degree from an accredited School, with a GPA of 3.25 or higher in all master’s work.
  3. Individual/Family focus applicants are required to:
    • Present proof of APRN licensure in Kansas.
    • Present proof of, or eligibility for, national certification as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist;
  4. Some latitude may be given in the following GPA requirements on an individual basis (3.00 or higher in the following areas):
    • Last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
    • All undergraduate Nursing courses
    • Any graduate-level courses taken
    • The following four science courses taken with an overall GPA of at least 3.00 and no grade that generates less than 2.00 credit points per credit hour in any one course: Anatomy/Physiology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology
  5. Two applications must be submitted: a Graduate School application and a School of Nursing application. Both must be submitted by October 15.  New students can start the program in the Spring semester only.
  6. Admission for Post-Master’s applicants will be to the practice specialization area in which their nursing master degree was completed.


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