Doctor of Nursing Practice
Murray State University

Program Details

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


  • 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

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges