Doctor of Nursing Practice

Dear Prospective Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Applicant,

Thank you for considering Murray State University! Murray State University is a nationally recognized university and has achieved many national rankings. The School of Nursing faculty have had a long tradition of educating advance practice nursing (APRNs) and we are happy that you are considering Murray State.

The DNP program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. Graduates of the DNP program will be able to serve as leaders who use best practices as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) at individual, population, and organizational levels.

 We offer both the BSN-DNP and PM-DNP programs. Two specialties are offered within the BSN-DNP program. The following will provide additional information about each specialty.

The BSN-DNP program duration is 36 months, with classes scheduled year round. The program of study includes six academic semesters, 15 weeks in length; one winter intensive scheduled in January; and three, ten-week summer sessions. The first year of study is taught online with 2 on campus visits (August and January). The second and third years of study include both face-to-face and online courses. Students enrolled in this program complete clinical experiences in a variety of settings.

BSN-DNP: Nurse Anesthetist specialty is a three-year, full-time program with 84 credit hours.

BSN-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner specialty is a three-year, full-time program with 76 credit hours.

In addition to the BSN-DNP program Murray State offers the Post-master’s to DNP program (PM-DNP). The PM-DNP program is a two-year, part-time program with 32 credit hours. This program is taught 100% online.

The PM-DNP program duration is 20 months, with classes scheduled year round. Online courses will be offered during the fall, spring, and summer. The program of study includes four academic semesters, 15 weeks in length; one winter intensive scheduled in January; and one summer session.

The Post-MSN DNP curriculum builds on traditional MSN education with a focus on evidence-based practice; quality improvement; health policy; ethics; and leadership, management, and organization of health systems.

We are excited that you are interested in attending Murray State University. For additional information about the DNP program please contact Dr. Dina Byers, Graduate Coordinator, 270-809-6223 or dbyers@murraystate.edu.

DNP Program Costs

 Graduate Handbook