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KU is a member of the Nursing Education Xchange, a collaboration between nursing programs to allow doctoral students at member institutions to take courses that may not be offered at his/her home institution. Details

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program at the KU School of Nursing prepares advanced practice nurses at the highest level of nursing practice. The DNP 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 practice nursing skills will prepare nurses to shape the future of health care. Such advanced practice nurses will be prepared to 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.


The post-baccalaureate DNP curriculum is designed for registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. DNP graduates will develop the knowledge, skills, and expertise to become clinical scholars and transformational leaders, and to function at the highest level of nursing practice .
The DNP program is divided into two components. The first component consists of courses for initial preparation for the advanced practice clinical or functional role. The second component consists of courses for doctoral level preparation for advanced practice clinical or functional roles. Program Details

Post-Master’s DNP

The post-master’s DNP curriculum is designed for nurses who have already earned a Master of Science in nursing degree. The DNP degree will allow these applicants to serve at a higher level as an advanced practice nurse or leader in their existing specialty. Persons with a generalist or nursing education master’s degree are not eligible for admission into the post-master's DNP option. KU offers two majors in the post-master’s DNP program. Program Details

Doctor of Nursing Practice Admission Criteria

The KU School of Nursing selects applicants who, in the judgment of the Student Admission and Progression Committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, integrity and motivation necessary for successful advanced practice or functional area leadership in nursing. In addition, the Committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The Committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship. All applicants are considered on an individual basis. Space in the School of Nursing graduate programs is limited, and admission is competitive.

Background Check Requirement

For KU programs to maintain accreditation status, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires that all persons, employees, volunteers and students involved in patient care activities to have background checks. This status is very important to healthcare organizations to demonstrate to patients and professionals that they meet the highest of standards for patient care.

This background check will be done at the applicant’s expense after provisional acceptance has been granted. The information from this report is held in confidence by the school. More information regarding background checks for students

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