DNP in Nursing Practice with Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Area of Study Information

For more information on Area of Study Information please see the Adult-Gerontology and Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist page.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
NURSE 71203NURSE 71403.5NURSE 7087 (one-week, on-campus seminar)1
NURSE 71103NURSE 71503STAT 7020 (required before admission or concurrent with NURSE 7087)3
NURSE 71003NURSE 71303 
 9 9.5 4
Second Year
NURSE 81003NURSE 83103 
NURSE 83003NURSE 8720 (90 clinical hours)*3.5 
NURSE 8710 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 89103 
 9.5 9.5  
Third Year
NURSE 8400 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 8410 (90 clinical hours)*3.5NURSE 9080 (section 1, clinical hours)1
NURSE 8920 (60 clinical hours)*3NURSE 89303 
Elective#3NURSE 8540 (90 clinical hours)*3.5 
 9.5 10 1
Fourth Year
NURSE 89403NURSE 9070 (150-300 clinical hours)*2.5-5NURSE 9080 (section 2, 60 clinical hours)1
NURSE 9070 (180 clinical hours)*3NURSE 9080 (section 3, 60 clinical hours)1 
Elective#3-4NURSE 90872 
 9-10 5.5-8 1
Total Credits: 77.5-81

   Total Clinical Hours: 1110-1260***


Preceptor required for clinical courses.


Nursing Course Electives from which to choose:

NURSE 8010 Family Dynamics and Intervention

NURSE 8720 Symptom Management in Acute and Chronic Illness

NURSE 8854 Teaching Strategies in Nursing

NURSE 8864 Curriculum Development in Nursing

NURSE 8820 Health Care Financial Management

Additional interdisciplinary online elective choices can be found in the areas of geriatric care management, gerontology, grantsmanship, health ethics, health informatics, multicultural education, online education, public health, and youth development (see 


Reflects minimum required DNP clinical and project hours. Additional clinical hours may be required based on specialty and complexity of DNP clinical residency project.

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the DNP in Nursing Practice and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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