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Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Benefits of the Doctorate of Nursing program
Doctorate of Nursing Academic Programs
Applying to the Doctorate of Nursing Program
Admission Criteria | DNP Application
Clinical Experiences
Contact Information

Benefits of the Doctorate of Nursing Program

Nurses graduating with a Doctorate 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.

The DNP graduate is prepared to work in a variety of health care settings as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). DNP students 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and integrate knowledge from research and theory allowing for development and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Foster leadership skill building that leads to collaboration with stakeholders and quality improvement in health care systems.
    Evaluate how finance and policy play a role in quality health care.
  • Apply clinical skills, guidelines, and knowledge to improve patient outcomes.
  • Integrate technology and information systems into complex decision-making.
  • Advocate and contribute to policymaking and implementation.
  • Consider health delivery systems and their effect on culturally diverse populations.
  • Apply ethical leadership into research and clinical practice.
  • Manage the health of patients and their families as an independent practitioner.

If you are interested in applying, please contact:
Dr. Jenny Manry

Doctorate of Nursing Academic Programs

BSN to DNP Program
For students who have graduated from an accredited school with a Bachelor's of Science of Nursing degree.

MSN to DNP Program
For students who have graduated from an accredited school with a Master's of Science of Nursing degree in an Advanced Practice role as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Applying to the Doctorate of Nursing Program

We are currently accepting applications for the DNP program that begins in Summer of 2016.

NOTE: Priority Application Deadline is February 1. BSN to DNP applications will be accepted through April 1, MSN to DNP applications will be accepted through April 15..

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 ACEN
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 is required; preferred is a GPA of 3.25 or better in
    the last 30 hours of your nursing degree program
  • Complete a Nursing Department Student Application. You'll need to provide.
    • Your contact information (including Social Security number)
    • If you are currently licensed as an R.N., you'll need to provide state, number and expiration date info
    • 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
    • R.N. experience
    • Information on which undergraduate and/or graduate statistics courses you've taken (course numbers, titles, credit hours, grades earned, etc.)
  • Submit 3 letters of reference in the areas of: academic ability, current professional competency, and personal character
  • Complete a satisfactory criminal background check as specified by the Nursing Department
  • 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 for the DNP program has not been set at this time. A proposal will be formally presented to the Kansas Board of Regents this academic year, with final Board approval in summer 2016. As soon as approval has been granted, the tuition rate will be posted on the Fort Hays State University website. Fort Hays State University strives to keep tuition affordable for our students and will work to maintain a cost that is competitive in comparison to DNP programs in the Midwest.

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. Completion of any of the courses below does not guarantee acceptance into either DNP program.

NURS 808: Statistics for Health Care Professionals (May substitute IDS 806: Applied Statistics)
NURS 810: Developing Nursing Theories
NURS 912: Primary Health Promotion
NURS 814: Healthcare: Policy/Politics/Organization/Cost
HHP 620: Epidemiology

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)

  • Doctorate 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.

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