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Take your career as a professional nurse to the highest level.

 Doctor of Nursing Practice - Post Master (MSN to DNP) degree at Wichita State University

Connect to the career you want

Advance your career with the Doctor of Nursing Practice online program, which offers terminal degree paths for nurses holding a MSN degree.

MSN to DNP online program students will continue with the clinical specialization area completed in their MSN degree:

  • Adult/Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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).

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.


Application Deadline is October 15

This program starts once per year, in January.


Completing your DNP will open up opportunities for leadership roles, research, and health care issues education.

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

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

MSN to DNP Admissions Requirements

Requirements to be eligible to start the program:

  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:
    1. Present proof of APRN licensure in Kansas.
    2. 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):
    1. Last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
    2. All undergraduate Nursing courses
    3. Any graduate-level courses taken
    4. 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.


Complete the WSU Graduate School Application and pay the application fee.


Application Deadlines

October 15 for spring semester admission.

Request more information about the MSN to DNP program.

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