About the Program

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Minnesota State University, Mankato DNP degree program will be able to:

  • nurse with stethoscopeEvaluate scientific underpinnings that contribute to translation of nursing research to improve practice.
  • Evaluate advanced practice nursing actions that promote prevention and influence outcomes for individual, family, and population health.
  • Use knowledge gained through evaluation of advanced practice nursing actions that influence health outcomes to lead improvement in health policy, care delivery, patient outcomes, and systems management.
  • Evaluate and apply evidence pertaining to direct care of patients and management of care for individuals, families, systems, and populations to improve practice and implement health policy.
  • Translate evidence gained through evaluation of collaborative and direct care of patients and management of care for individuals, families, systems, and populations to improve practice and implement health policy.
  • Use health care technology in the synthesis of evidence to design, implement, and evaluate change to address a clinical practice problem.

Curriculum

fundoscopic examThe 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 (N741 and N742) and a clinical practice capstone course (N743). 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. Upon completion of the BS-DNP program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for primary care family nurse practitioner. For eligibility for licensure or certification in other states, please review this document.

Advising

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

Tuition cost can be viewed here. A full-time course schedule enables students to maintain eligibility for financial aid.

Tuition costs for the 24 credits of 700 level courses is approximately $1140.53 including fees per credit as of summer 2020. Tuition costs for the 56 credits of 500 and 600 level courses is approximately $541.53 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 Graduate Location: 7700 France, Edina, MN