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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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We are now accepting applications for classes starting in fall, 2017. Applications are due January 11, 2017.   

In order to apply to the program for the Fall 2017 cohort you must sign up for a half-day MANDATORY Informational Session which will be held on January 3rd or 4th, 2017. Email our administrative assistant to register.



Graduates of the Minnesota State University, Mankato DNP program will be able to influence health care in many ways by:

  • Providing leadership on the front lines of their profession.
  • Evaluating clinical outcomes more effectively through the use of evidence-based practice tools.
  • Identifying and managing the health care needs of special populations.
  • Using technology and information to transform health care systems.


The DNP program curriculum is a post-nursing master's program structured around the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education. Course content builds upon the master's degree and consists of a minimum of 30 credits. Five semesters of doctoral didactic and clinical coursework culminates in completion of an evidence-based clinical capstone project. Throughout the course sequence, students will work with clinical experts and graduate faculty with expertise in applied research. A variety of teaching and learning approaches, primarily distance learning modalities, will be used.


Candidates for MSU, Mankato's DNP program must hold either a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in nursing. If candidates are Master's prepared, they must be certified in one of the advanced practice nursing roles: clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist or nurse practitioner.


A MANDATORY half-day on-site admission informational session will be held for interested applicants at 7700 France Avenue in Edina on January 3rd and 4th, 2017. There will be a short presentation of our program with professors on hand for any questions you may have. A writing sample will also be obtained at the informational meeting. Applicants for Fall 2017 admission should plan to to be at this meeting. Email if you would like to attend.

Applicants submit materials simultaneously to:

1) the Graduate Program at the School of Nursing AND

2) the College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGS&R). The CGS&R reviews the University Graduate Application and forwards the student transcript to the School of Nursing for review. The School of Nursing reviews the information from the CGS&R along with the School of Nursing Graduate Programs application information to make admission decisions.

MSU Mankato - School of Nursing Graduate Program
Attn: Kim Fortin
7700 France Avenue S.  Suite #360
Edina, MN  55435
Phone: 952-818-8884 (V)
College of Graduate Studies & Research
Minnesota State University
115 Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507 389-2321 (V)

University Doctoral Application

  1. Admission to the Minnesota State University (MSU) College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGS&R). The online application can be found at:
  2. Official copies of transcript(s) from each institution attended for graduate study as evidence of graduation with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited graduate program in nursing.
  3. Satisfactory scores on the TOEFL test for international or non-English speaking students.

Program Application

  1. Completion of Minnesota State University (MSU) [PDF] School of Nursing Doctoral Program Application. (150 KiB)
  2. BSN/BS/BA degree from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited school of nursing as verified by transcript sent to the CGS&R.
  3. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. If GPA<3.00, the student's Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted along with the application.
  4. Current RN licensure with eligibility for licensure in Minnesota. Current certification if applying for post-Master's DNP program.
  5. Applicants must have 2 FULL years of post-BSN nursing experience by the time classes would start in the fall. There are absolutly NO exceptions.
  6. One professional reference from current or recent supervisor using the [PDF] School of Nursing Reference Form (339 KiB).
  7. Professional resume including:
    • Name, address, phone, cell phone, email, and any other contact information
    • Education (degree, institution, major, date degree conferred)
    • RN Licensure #
    • Certifications (if applying for the post-Masters DNP program)
    • Professional employment history as a registered nurse (institution, city, state, position title, dates, percent time worked)
    • Honors, awards, and scholarships
    • Professional organization memberships
    • Leadership positions/involvement in professional organizations and employment situations (past and current)
    • Scholarly activities including publications, professional presentations, research activities, and/or consultation (local, regional, national, international)
    • Professional service activities
  8. A professional goal statement essay written on-site (at the MSU site at 7700 France Ave., Edina) while attending a graduate nursing programs admission session.


Students are assigned an academic advisor upon admission to the program. Guidance is provided for course scheduling and registration, as well as completion of the finalized plan of study. When the student selects a nursing faculty member as a chairperson for their culminating experience and thesis committee, the faculty chairperson becomes the student's advisor for the duration of the student's Doctoral program. If the committee advisor is different from the initial advisor, the student must file a "Change of Advisor" form with the College of Graduate Studies & Research (CGS&R).


Tuition cost through Fall 2016 is $985.15 (plus a $39.65 student fee) per credit. In the DNP program options, a minimum of six credits are scheduled per semester. The BSN to DNP program includes five years of full-time study. The post-master's DNP program includes two years of full-time study; the student can opt to complete this program in four years if preferred.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Minnesota State University, Mankato
School of Nursing and College of Graduate Studies and Research