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DNP Commencement
2016 Doctors of Nursing Practice Commencement

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Thank you for your interest in applying for admission to the newly approved DNP Program offered by the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing at Pittsburg State University. We are very excited to have the opportunity to serve the region and beyond through provision of this important educational program.  

The MSN to DNP and BSN to DNP programs educate advanced practice nurses who are prepared to provide health care to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations in a diverse, primarily rural environment. The program is designed to offer additional, optional preparation in nursing education as well.

The School of Nursing continues to take applications for the MSN to DNP students with classes beginning June 2017.  Applications are available in the Resources section on this page.

The School of Nursing will be taking applications beginning August 1, 2017, for the BSN to DNP program with courses beginning June 2018.  Applications will be available on our website.

Dr. Cheryl Giefer, Director/Graduate Coordinator (click here to email)

Call 620-235-4431 for an appointment with a faculty advisor TODAY!

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Pittsburg State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.



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 This page provides resources for the growth and development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  The information reflects the contributions of many DNPs.

Graduate Faculty

• Cheryl Giefer, PhD
Director, School of Nursing

• Kristi Frisbee, DNP

• Jennifer Harris, PhD

• Ashleigh Heter, DNP

• Amy Hite, DNP

• Karen Johnson, PhD

• Trina Larery, DNP

• Barbara R. McClaskey, PhD

• Mary Carol Pomatto, Ed.D., APRN-BC
Dean of College of Arts & Sciences / University Professor in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing

• Janis Schiefelbein, PhD


• MSN to DNP - 2017 Application

• See Curriculum section in the BSN to DNP Program Booklet or the MSN to DNP Program Booklet

• DNP - 2016-2017 Student Handbook

• Applying to Graduate School at PSU

  1. Click 'here' for the Graduate School website
  2. Once on the website, click the 'Apply Here' button
  3. Answer the Preliminary Questions
  4. For 'What will your status be as you enter PSU?', select 'Doctor of Nursing Practice' only
  5. Complete all following sections starting with 'About Me'
  6. For the page 'My Program of Study', select one option in the Major/Emphasis/Degree dropdown list

Contact Information

Cheryl Giefer, PhD (contact)
     Director and University Professor
Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
101B McPherson Hall
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS  66762-7514

Peggy Totman (contact)
     Senior Administrative Specialist
Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
101 McPherson Hall
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS  66762-7514

Phone: 620-235-4431
Fax: 620-235-4449