MSN to DNP Program in Nursing

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative or advanced practice roles.* If you possess a bachelor’s degree and apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must enroll in this program. Successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing—DNP Path is required to move on to the Doctor of Nursing Practice.

At this time, residents of the following states may not enroll in the MSN to DNP in Nursing program: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.

Master's in Nursing—DNP Path Program Highlights

You can complete courses in the MSN to DNP program online, allowing you to continue working while you study at your convenience, day or night, from virtually anywhere you have access to the Internet. The Master of Science in Nursing program offers:

  • A balanced core curriculum and specialized courses in organizational theory, health care finance, human resources, and information and health care technologies.
  • A practicum or clinical experience designed to help you put your knowledge to work with a mentor in the health care organization or school of your choice.
  • Up-to-date information and techniques taught by practicing professionals who have advanced degrees in the fields they teach. 

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about hours needed to complete the clinical or practicum requirement.

Pathways

Specialization in a particular area of nursing could help you build your niche in today's competitive health care field. Our concentration and population focus areas are designed to provide you with specific knowledge and skills to help advance your nursing career.

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: Explore how to promote holistic health care to the adult population while diagnosing and managing their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they interface with the health care system. Complete a clinical practice experience and apply theoretical knowledge while working with a qualified preceptor.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care: Explore how to promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family context, while diagnosing and managing their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as advocates for clients as they interface with the health care system. Complete a clinical practice experience and apply theoretical knowledge while working with a qualified preceptor.
  • Executive Leader: Focus on the principles of personnel management, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and the use of information technology in advanced nursing roles. Complete a practicum experience during which you will work closely with an administrator mentor in a selected health care setting. Study to prepare for administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in hospitals, community centers, and long-term care facilities.
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Accreditation

CCNE Accreditation

The master's degree in nursing program at Kaplan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Nursing allows you to study online and earn the credentials to pursue career advancement in administrative, education staff development, and advanced practice roles.† The program also offers a direct pathway to Kaplan University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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November 08, 2017

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January 31, 2018

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December 05, 2018

Curriculum: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track

Desired Track
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track
  • Executive Leader Track
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Track
  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 30

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • MN 501: ADVANCED NURSING ROLES Change

      This course explores skills and strategies essential to successful advanced nursing role implementation. Analysis of existing and emerging roles provides a foundation for selection of an individual advanced role specialization and an individual career development plan. Emphasis will be on the articulation of issues specific to the advanced nurse role in practice, administration, education, and informatics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MN 502: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING Change

      This course explores the evolution of nursing, social science, education, and behavioral science theories and their contribution to the care of individuals, families, and the community. The utility of conceptual models are examined for application to executive, education, and practice leadership.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MN 504: SCIENTIFIC AND ANALYTIC APPROACHES TO ADVANCED EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE Change

      This course presents an evidence-based approach to promote high-value, safe, and effective health care. The focus is on the assessment of levels of evidence to evaluate emerging health issues, develop competencies in analysis, translate evidence into practice, and explore evidence-based practice innovations. Qualitative and quantitative methods of inquiry and associated statistical analyses are identified. Strategies to create an environment for the integration of evidence-based practice to support executive, education, and practice leadership are identified.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MN 505: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH PROMOTION Change

      This course incorporates theoretical and empirical concepts related to health beliefs, health promotion, and risk reduction of diverse populations. Principles from the Healthy People initiative, epidemiology, biostatistics, and cultural competence guide comparisons of groups and inference development. Strategies and benefits of health promotion interventions are emphasized.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MN 506: HEALTH POLICY, ETHICAL, AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM Change

      This course provides an opportunity to analyze major ethical theories and those principles underlying direct and indirect care of individuals, families, and communities. Selected concepts, principles, and cases involving legal aspects of care within a framework of critical decision making for advanced nursing roles will be examined. The development and influence of health policy issues on the health care of individuals, families, and populations will be analyzed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MN 507: PROMOTING OPTIMAL MODELS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY Change

      The course will focus on the dynamic, complex, and integrated health care system and organizational imperatives to deliver high-value, safe and effective health care based on industry standards, key outcome indicators, and cost-quality imperatives. The organization and delivery of health care is explored, including business aspects of health care systems and pertinent financial issues in the relationship between policy and health care system reform. Strategies to develop leadership roles in professional nursing organizations, legislative bodies, and community/consumer organizations will be identified. Various health care delivery systems and reimbursement models will be presented.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

  • Population Focus Area Requirements

    Total Population Focus Area Requirements Credits: 60

    Total Program Credits: 90

    • MN 551: ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Change

      This course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan and the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse. Function and dysfunction of organ systems are analyzed from the cellular level through the integrated organ level. Students will examine the pathophysiological factors that influence the incidence and manifestations of acute, episodic, and chronic diseases in populations across the lifespan. Disease processes and symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based approach. Influences of gender, genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables of human disease are analyzed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all MSN core courses

    • MN 552: ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC REASONING Change

      This course addresses the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced physical assessment and history-taking throughout the lifespan. Relationships between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. Emphasis is on developing critical diagnostic thinking through interpretation of subjective and objective data, identification of normal and abnormal conditions, and the systematic reporting of summative findings. Clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills are used in establishing differential diagnoses. Students will learn to address variables such as age, culture, ethnicity, and developmental stages into their differential diagnosis and evaluation and management plans.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 551 and MN 553

    • MN 553: ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS Change

      This course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the lifespan and prepares the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. You will examine ethical, legal, regulatory, and cost-effective prescribing practices of the advanced practice nurse. Communication plans for the interdisciplinary team, clients, and/or families for both prescriptive and nonprescriptive drug therapies will be explored.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 551; can be taken as a corequisite

    • MN 566: NP I—INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY CARE FOR THE NURSE PRACTITIONER Change

      This course examines the range of acute and chronic conditions experienced by clients in the primary care setting which are within the scope of practice of the primary care nurse practitioner. You will develop a consistent approach to screening, assessment, utilization of diagnostic procedures, diagnosis, symptom management, disease treatment, and health promotion activities. Content builds upon previous diagnostic knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in the development of differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic workups. Age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based plans of care are created. Communication skills and cooperative relationships with patients, families, and an interdisciplinary health care team approach is emphasized. The course explores health promotion and health maintenance approaches and strategies that incorporate individual health beliefs and practices.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Prerequisites/Corequisites: MN 505 and MN 552 

    • MN 572: AGNP I—PRIMARY CARE OF THE ADOLESCENT AND ADULT Change

      This course will focus on the primary care of clients from age 12 to late adulthood. The focus will be on gaining competence in understanding acute and chronic illnesses and their management. Health promotion, screening, and risk management is presented as integral to the primary care focus. Interdisciplinary team building for the care of the client is introduced.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 566

    • MN 573: AGNP I CLINICAL—ADOLESCENT AND ADULT FOCUS Change

      This clinical course introduces beginning skills in assessing, diagnosing, and treating common acute and chronic health conditions in the client aged 12 years through adulthood. The focus will be on pharmcologic and nonpharmcologic interventions as well as health promotion, screening, and lifestyle modification techniques.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 572; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    • MN 576: NP I—PRIMARY CARE OF WOMEN’S HEALTH Change

      This course will focus on primary health care specific to female clients. Focus will be on reproductive health maintenance, pregnancy prevention and management, care of the menopausal woman, and the assessment, diagnosis, and management of conditions specific to the female. Contemporary trends and issues that impact women's health status will be discussed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 566; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    • MN 577: NP II CLINICAL—WOMEN’S HEALTH FOCUS Change

      This clinical course will focus on the unique needs of women across the lifespan. The unique care of women will be approached with attention to the psychosocial, ethnic, and cultural influences that affect physical and mental health. A collaborative approach to care will be employed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 576

    • MN 584: AGNP II—PRIMARY CARE OF THE FRAIL ELDERLY Change

      This course addresses the physical and psychosocial health and function of the frail elderly adult. Biologic, psychosocial, and social theories of aging will be explored. Strategies to promote health, minimize disability, and maximize quality of life within the context of independent living, assisted living environments, and skilled care facilities will be introduced. Alternatives to institutionalized care will be explored. Assessment and management of acute and chronic health conditions specific to the frail elderly will be discussed. Palliative care for terminal conditions will be addressed. Financial issues specific to the frail elderly will be analyzed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 577; can be taken as corequisite

    • MN 585: AGNP II CLINICAL—FRAIL ELDERLY FOCUS Change

      This clinical course will provide opportunity for students to assess, diagnose, and manage treatment of acute and chronic disease in the frail elderly. Adaptive interventions to meet the complex needs of the frail elderly arising from normal changes in the developmental stages of aging, multiple system dysfunction, psychosocial, and financial issues will be utilized. Optimizing a collaborative relationship with the client, caregiver, and other members of the health care team will be discussed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 584; course may also be taken as a corequisite

    • MN 605: TRANSITION TO PRACTICE Change

      This course completes the summative process for students to design and develop their individual role as an advanced practice nurse in primary care. Various careers available to the advanced practice registered nurse will be explored. Professional advocacy activities will be demonstrated. The student will differentiate between supervised, collaborative, and independent practice models. Malpractice and scope of practice issues specific to the primary care nurse practitioner role will be analyzed. Entrepreneurial opportunities for primary care nurse practitioners will be explored.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MN 581 or MN 585

    • MN 610: NP III CLINICAL—PRIMARY CARE FOCUS Change

      This clinical course focuses on the clinical application of assessment, differential diagnosis, symptom management, and disease treatment in the primary care setting. You are expected to assess and manage common acute episodic and chronic health illnesses across gender and age span in consultation with your clinical preceptor. Initiation of health promotion and health maintenance activities with individuals and groups is stressed. This final clinical experience enables you to synthesize skills and knowledge gained across the curriculum.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Final term and MN 581 or MN 585

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates

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Desired Track
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track
  • Executive Leader Track
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Track
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
  • Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin
  • Maine
  • Hagerstown
  • Iowa, Nebraska
Tuition Discount Options:
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  • Active-Duty Military
  • Military Veteran
  • Military Spouse
  • International
  • Indiana Residents
  • Alumni

Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$385.00 cost per credit
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Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified in order to obtain licensure as a nurse practitioner. Students are responsible for determining whether they will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as a nurse practitioner or advanced practice nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).