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Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice

Delivering Advanced Patient Care Across the Lifespan

The DNP program prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to transform clinical practice as expert clinicians and leaders with a special focus on rural and underserved populations. In addition to delivering evidence-based direct patient care at an advanced practice level to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings, graduates of the DNP program will learn skills needed to produce and implement valuable evidence to guide practice and are prepared to work collaboratively with rural communities in an effort to reduce health disparities.

This option is for registered nurses with a master's degree in nursing (non-clinical focus). This option offers:

  • Annual fall admission
  • 69 course credits (family nurse practitioner specialty) or 49 minimum course credits (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner)
  • Program coursework is delivered online; Select classes may require on-campus visits to Sioux Falls or Rapid City
  • Part-time study (including summers)

Students have the option to specialize as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduates will deliver evidence-based direct patient care at an advanced practice level to individuals across the lifespan in primary care settings, and will translate evidence based research and guidelines to transform practice. Graduates are prepared to work collaboratively with rural communities to reduce health disparities.

Graduates are eligible to write certification examinations in family nurse practitioner from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). 

We offer two curriculum plans to help you reach your goal of becoming a DNP-FNP. Choose the three year master's to DNP-FNP curriculum plan OR the four year master's to DNP-FNP curriculum plan. Interested applicants are advised to contact graduate nursing to discuss options.

Admission Requirements

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Graduates will effectively care for patients with complex psychiatric and physical health needs. Advanced nursing practice in psychiatric mental health covers both outpatient and inpatient care, children through elderly individuals and mild depression and anxiety to significantly disabling conditions including substance abuse, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. Graduates are prepared to provide much needed high-quality mental health care to all populations and conditions in a variety of rural and urban settings.

Upon completion of the degree, the graduate is prepared to sit for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certification exam through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Required coursework and other program details can be found on the three year master's to DNP-PMHNP curriculum plan. Interested applicants are advised to contact graduate nursing to discuss options.

Admission Requirements

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