Program Overview

The online DNP degree program from Murray State University provides professional nurses with the extended knowledge and skills required to advance in their careers. The curriculum builds on the traditional MSN education with a focus on:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Quality improvement
  • Health policy
  • Ethics
  • Leadership, management, and organization of health systems

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


    • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale
    • Individuals must hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE
    • Official transcripts from every college/university attended must be sent to Murray State University, Graduate Admission Office
    • ALL students: Current Basic Life Support (CPR Certification)
    • Nurse Anesthesia only: Current PALS and ACLS

    English Proficiency Requirements:

    • If native tongue is not English the student must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
    • The minimum requirements are as follows: A minimum cumulative score of 86 combined AND minimum individual scores of: 26 in speaking, 20 in writing, 20 in reading, 20 in listening


    • Family Nurse Practitioner applicants: one (1) year experience as a registered nurse
    • Nurse Anesthesia applicants: one (1) year critical care experience by the time of interview
    • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination
    • Three professional references (forms provided)
    • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
    • Goal Statement: In one to three double-spaced pages, discuss reasons for seeking doctoral study, including short- and long-term professional goals
    • An interview with DNP faculty is required
    • ​Students must attend Murray’s main campus once a semester for a mandatory orientation

    School Overview

    Murray State University is a public four-year university located in Murray, Kentucky. MSU was founded in 1922 as Murray State Normal School by the State Board of Education. Murray State University is comprised of the following colleges and schools:

    • Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology
    • Hutson School of Agriculture
    • School of Nursing & Health Professions
    • Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
    • College of Education & Human Services
    • College of Humanities & Fine Arts
    • Honors College

    Murray State University awards certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Undergraduate and graduate students can earn degrees completely online, as well as certificates. Online non-credit programs are also available.


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