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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 DNP-FNP 80 credit plan including 1050 clinical practice hours. The post-APRN master's DNP plan is 27 credits; both structured around the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Doctoral Education. The semesters of doctoral didactic and clinical coursework include completion of an evidence-based clinical capstone project and a clinical practice capstone course. 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. Our classes are hybrid classes, which means they are primarily online but meet face-to-face once per month at the Edina location. If you an Iron Range student, you would have class via Telepresence at Hibbing Community College. 


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.


Tuition cost for the 24 credits of 700 level courses is approximately $1022 (including fees) per credit as of summer 2018. Tuition cost for the 56 credits of 600 level courses is approximately $505 per credit.  A full-time course schedule enables students to maintain eligibility for financial aid.

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