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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Doctor of Nursing Practice

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The application process for the Fall 2014 is now closed.

We will now be accepting application materials for Fall 2015


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 new DNP program starting in Fall 2014 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.


Completed applications for applicants that attended the January Information Sessions for the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program will be due in the School of Nursing office by January 14, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission.

A MANDATORY on-site admission informational session will be held for prospective applicants in January 5th and 6th 2015 at 7700 France Avenue in Edina. There is a morning session from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day.  A writing sample will be obtained at the informational meeting. Applicants for Fall 2015 admission should plan to attend. Email if you would like to attend and which session would work best for you.

Applicants submit materials simultaneously to 1) the Graduate Programs, 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 Admission information to make admission decisions.

Graduate Programs
School of Nursing
360 Wissink Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Kim Fortin
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 (121 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 a full (2) years of post-BSN nursing experience by the time classes would start in the fall.
  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.

Applicants who successfully fulfill all the above requirements may be invited for an on-site interview as a part of the application process by January 21st.  Interviews will be held January 27th-28th, 2015


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 2014 is $896.16 (including fees) per credit. In the new 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.

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