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Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Program Details

Nurses graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Fort Hays State University will gain necessary skills to provide high quality, efficient patient-centered nursing care based on a foundation of collaborative, evidence-based practices. You will be further prepared to grow professionally as a leader who participates in executive decision making processes for best patient care outcomes.

Two paths to the Doctorate of Nursing Practice include:

  • BSN to DNP - 76 credit hours
  • MSN to DNP - 30 credit hour


  • Must have a BSN or MSN from an accredited program, either CCNE or ACEN, with a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of RN licensure (if applicable) and RN experience
  • Complete a Nursing Department Student Application
  • You'll need to provide 3 letters of reference
  • Satisfactory background check
  • Complete a personal or virtual interview with faculty to clarify goals and aspirations

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.