Doctorate of Nursing Practice
Fort Hays State University

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

Special Accreditation

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

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission