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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About the Program

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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 includes a BS-DNP 81 credit plan with an option to step out after 53 credits (3 years) with an MSN degree, and a post-APRN master's 30 credit plan (with 2.5 or 3.5 year completion options), both structured around the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education. The post-masters course content builds upon the master's degree and consists of a minimum of 30 credits. The semesters of doctoral didactic and clinical coursework culminate 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.


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 for the 30 credits of doctoral (700) level courses through summer 2018 is approximately $1022 (including fees) per credit. In the BS-DNP program option, a minimum of six credits are scheduled per semester to maintain eligibility for financial aid. The BS-DNP program includes 5 years of full-time study. The post-APRN master's DNP program includes 2.5 years of full-time study; the student can opt to complete this program in 3.5 years if preferred.

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