shortcut to content
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Latest information about COVID-19 and the campus community


News Highlights

Page address:

Minnesota State Mankato Approved to Offer Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

Minnesota State Mankato School of Nursing adds to academic offerings.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-20-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato recently was notified that it has been approved to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program that for its graduates will signify a high level of educational achievement within the nursing profession.

Graduates of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Doctor of Nursing Practice program, offered through the College of Allied Health and Nursing, will be able to influence health care in many ways by:
• Providing leadership on the front lines of nursing.
• Evaluating clinical outcomes more effectively by using evidence-based practice tools.
• Identifying and managing the health care needs of special populations.
• Using technology and information to transform health care systems.

“The DNP program approval shows that our College of Allied Health and Nursing and School of Nursing are at the forefront of educating future leaders in the health care profession,” said Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport.

For the past several years, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Minnesota State Mankato was successfully operated as a consortium with three other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities—Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; and Winona State University.

Marcia Stevens, professor and chair of the School of Nursing, said the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree approval means Minnesota State Mankato DNP graduates will be better prepared to meet future health care needs.

One or two Minnesota State Mankato DNP students annually will receive Becky Taylor doctoral fellowships, which will be funded through the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, said Stevens.

“A key strength of our DNP program is the Becky Taylor fellowship,” said Stevens. “The fellowships will provide students financial support for their education and enable them to pursue their DNP learning from leaders in the areas of family and societal health.”

Minnesota State Mankato received notification of the program’s approval on June 5 from the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is one of four doctoral programs offered at Minnesota State Mankato. The others are: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)—Counselor Education and Supervision; Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)—School Psychology; and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)—Educational Leadership.

For more information about Minnesota State Mankato’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, contact Julie Hebenstreit, associate professor and incoming department chair of the School of Nursing, at 507-389-6811, or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

Email this article | Permanent link | Topstories news | Topstories news archives