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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Benefits of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Doctor of Nursing Practice Academic Programs
Applying to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Admission Criteria | DNP Application
DNP Program Outcomes
Clinical Experiences
Contact Information

Benefits of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Nurses graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Fort Hays State University are educated to provide high quality, efficient patient-centered nursing care that emphasizes collaborative, evidence-based practices. DNP graduates assume key leadership roles and participate in executive decision making processes for best patient care outcomes.

NOTE: The MSN-DNP degree does not prepare you as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Students seeking education as a Family Nurse Practitioner should apply for the BSN-DNP degree.


Doctor of Nursing Academic Programs

BSN to DNP Program -The deadline for BSN to DNP Applications is March 1st.
For students who have graduated from an accredited school with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. This program prepares students for a Doctor of Nursing Practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. A Family Nurse Practitioner provides primary care across the life span.

MSN to DNP Program-The priority deadline for applications to the MSN to DNP program is March 1st.
For students who have graduated from an accredited school with a Master's of Science in Nursing degree in an Advanced Practice role as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. The MSN to DNP program provides advanced education for students who have already obtained a MSN degree with an APRN license.

Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing does not accept applications for the nursing program from the following states: Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, Alabama

Applying to the Doctor of Nursing Program

Admitted cohorts for both the BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP begin in the summer semester each year.

NOTE: Priority Application Deadline is March 1st for BSN to DNP applications and the MSN to DNP applications.

Admission Criteria

  • Complete a Fort Hays State University Graduate Student Application;
  • Submit all official transcripts
  • Completed a BSN or MSN from an accredited program, either CCNE or NLNAC
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 is required
  • Complete a Nursing Department Student Application. You'll need to provide.
    • Your contact information (including Social Security number)
    • Current RN license
    • Which program you intend to pursue (BSN-DNP or MSN to DNP)
    • Name of school(s) you've attended, address(es), your major and degree(s) earned
    • APRN license and national certification (MSN to DNP)
    • Information on which undergraduate and/or graduate statistics courses you've taken (MSN to DNP)
  • Submit 3 letters of reference in the areas of: academic ability, current professional competency, and personal character
  • Within 30 days after acceptance into the nursing program, a clear background check (completed with FHSU approved company) will be required to enroll in nursing courses
  • Complete a personal or virtual interview with faculty to clarify goals and aspirations

Can you complete your degree at FHSU? Fort Hays State University is authorized to provide online education in only specific states. See if your state has granted FHSU authorization before applying.


Tuition may be found at the following link- Tuition and Fees

Course Descriptions

The following list of courses are optional for students who are interested in completing credits prior to formal acceptance in the DNP program by the Department of Nursing. The list below is a list of courses which students may take up to 6 hours prior to admission. Completion of any of the courses below does not guarantee acceptance into either DNP program. Enrollment in these courses is based on seat availability. See recommended semester below

NURS 808: Advanced Statistics
NURS 810: Developing Nursing Theories (Spring only) or Fall pending space availability and prior written approval by Dr. Manry
NURS 872: Informatics in Health Care Systems (Fall only) or Spring pending space availability and prior written approval by Dr. Manry

NURS 814: Healthcare: Policy/Politics/Organization/Cost (Fall only) or Spring pending space availability and prior written approval by Dr. Manry
HHP 620: Epidemiology in Public Health (Spring only pending space availability and prior written approval by Dr. Manry) Must be taken for graduate credit


DNP Program Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Professionalism -Graduates will use interprofessional collaboration with ethical competency to improve patient and population health outcomes.
2. Theory-Graduates will analyze and integrate knowledge from research and theory to develop and implement evidence based practice.
3. Evidenced Based Practice - Graduates will utilize the process of systematic inquiry to translate, implement, and evaluate evidence based practice to improve patient outcomes.
4. Leadership- Graduates will apply leadership skills to lead health care systems to improve the health outcomes of individuals, communities, and populations through interdisciplinary collaboration and implementation of high-quality and cost-effective care.
5. Advanced Practice Role-Graduates will utilize the advanced practice role to improve health outcomes, evaluate and improve business practices, actively participate in health care policy, evaluate information systems, and promote health and disease prevention for individuals, communities, and populations.
6. Informatics-Graduates will analyze, utilize, and evaluate information technology to provide leadership and improve patient care.
7. Health Care system -Graduates will advocate, influence, and evaluate policy making and implementation.
8. Holistic View - Graduates will provide comprehensive health care to populations while exhibiting sensitivity to cultural diversity.


Clinical Experiences

Students in the BSN-DNP program will be required to obtain the Department of Nursing's approved preceptors and clinical sites. The Department of Nursing has agreements with multiple sites and preceptors across Kansas. Students may seek out additional preceptors as approved by course faculty. Requirements for clinical preceptors include:

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice or Master's Degree in Nursing from an accredited university
  • Current RN and APRN license in Kansas
  • Proof of National Board Certification
  • Experience: minimum of one year experience in an advanced clinical practice role
  • Expertise and practice as relevant to the course objectives


  • Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy from an accredited university
  • Currently licensed in Kansas
  • Proof of National Board Certification
  • Experience: minimum of one year experience in family practice or internal medicine
  • Expertise and practice as relevant to the course objectives

Contact information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Jenny Manry


Fort Hays State University has received approval by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, the Kansas Board of Regents, and the Higher Learning Commission to offer the DNP program.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Fort Hays State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.


The RN to BSN program, MSN programs, and DNP program are all online. These programs do not meet the requirements for International students who require on campus courses.


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