Nursing Practice, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a graduate program for students interested in becoming a doctorally prepared family nurse practitioner and also offers a post-graduate program for advanced practice registered nurses interested in obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  

Program Highlights

  • Students admitted into the BSN to DNP Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program progress full-time through the curriculum and obtain the DNP degree in 3 years.
  • Graduates and certificate awardees are eligible for national certification as family nurse practitioners and are prepared to practice in primary care settings where they diagnose and treat individuals across the life span and their families.

Application Requirements

  • BSN, BS, BA, or entry level master’s degree from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited school.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • If GPA is less than 3.0, the student's Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted to the Admissions Office at Minnesota State Mankato (GRE code: 6677).
  • Current RN licensure with eligibility for licensure in Minnesota. 
  • One year of work experience as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse prior to beginning nursing coursework.
  • One letter of recommendation from a current or recent supervisor using the [PDF] School of Nursing Reference Form. The reference form must be submitted directly by the supervisor after the request is received by email. 
  • A professional essay written on-site (at the 7700 France – Edina location) while attending a graduate nursing program admission information session in October.
  • Resume

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

Application Deadlines

  U.S. Based Applicants
Fall Start N/A
Spring Start N/A
Summer Start November 1

 Time to Completion: 3 years 

doctor of nursing practice (DNP) Program Contact

Dr. Rhonda Cornell, DNP Program Director
Kim Fortin, Administrative Assistant 952-818-8884

DNP Website