Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Apart?

FOCUS:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will equip you with the skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in primary health care. It is available in two degree tracks: 

  • BSN to DNP
    • Intended for Bachelor-prepared RN’s who wish to pursue the DNP
    • 4-year full-time program and part-time option available
    • Requires 78-91 credit hours
    • Concentrations available in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. 
  • MSN to DNP
    • Intended for Master’s-prepared nurses who are already Certified Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
    • 2-4 year, part-time program
    • Requires 33-36 credit hours
    • Also available for Nurse Practitioners is a Post Graduate Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

FLEXIBILITY:
  • This program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format with minimal campus visits required approximately once per year (less for MSN to DNP students). In addition, practicum courses require clinical site visits that are determined by the clinical instructor.
  • Clinical courses are arranged in your area, so it is convenient for you to gain practical experience.
  • UM-Flint Nursing faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal class schedule, with flexible office hours and online availability.
RESOURCES:
  • In the DNP program, you will receive practical instruction from faculty who are experts in the field of nursing.
  • As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor to assist our students in their research.
RESULTS:
  • UM-Flint’s DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
In-Depth

As a nurse practitioner you become a unique licensed independent practitioner within the constellation of advanced practice nurses. Nurse practitioners assess and manage both medical and nursing problems in a variety of specialty areas such as family, adult, pediatric, geriatric, women’s health, school health, occupational health, mental health, emergency, and acute care.  You will serve as the primary care provider and consult and collaborate with other health care professionals to provide quality comprehensive care for individuals, families, and communities in a variety of ambulatory and inpatient settings.

Your responsibilities as a nurse practitioner include: taking histories; conducting physical examinations; ordering, performing, and interpreting appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests; and prescribing pharmacological agents, treatments, and non-pharmacological therapies for the management of the conditions you diagnose.

Admission

Admission Requirements

The number of individuals admitted into the Doctor of Nursing Practice program is limited. You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing* or Master of Science in Nursing (with certification) from an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (3.5 for graduate work)
  • BSN to DNP Applicants: Current RN license in the United States
  • MSN to DNP Applicants: Current license as advanced practice nurse
  • College-level Chemistry with grade of C or better
  • College-level Statistics with grade of C or better
  • At least one year RN experience is preferred

* This RN/DNP curricular pathway is for highly qualified ADN or Diploma nurses who hold another non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are seeking a DNP degree at UM-Flint as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students must have a 3.50 GPA or better in the last 60 post-secondary credits completed. (If the applicant’s ADN degree does not meet the 60-credit minimum, the most recent 60 college-level credits will be considered.) A minimum of a B grade or better is required in prerequisite courses. The exception is chemistry and statistics: a grade of C is acceptable.

  1. The student must be accepted in the DNP program, through a competitive admission process. Students must apply for the part-time or full-time curriculum at the time of application.
  2. The student must then apply and get admitted into the BSN Completion program to complete prerequisite courses. All prerequisites must be finished within two years of application. A deadline will be given to each accepted student for prerequisite completion.

Admission to the DNP program will be confirmed as long as all criteria for prerequisites have been met. The student will receive official notification during the yearly admission process.

  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • Professional Goal Statement
  • 3 references (recommended that at least one must be an academic reference, form and details on Graduate Programs website)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee
    • ENG 112 (Critical Writing & Reading)
    • NUR 204 (Health Assessment)
    • NSC 210 (Pathophysiology taken w/i 5 years)
    • NSC 209 (Nutrition)
    • NSC 235 (Pharmacology taken w/i 5 years or NSC 234 Pharm-Update course)
    • NUR 300 (Transition to Prof Nursing)
    • NUR 316 (Nursing Research)
    • NUR 412* (Community Health Nursing)

These classes are available online at UM-Flint. Grade of B or better required. 6 clinical hours per week—must be arranged 1 semester prior to enrollment.

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • The Supplemental Application Form
  • Copy of current Nursing License (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license)
  • For those applicants with an MSN: Copy of certification in the applicant’s advanced practice nursing specialty
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a 1-2 page typewritten document. Please include the following:
    • Describe your reasons for pursuing a DNP, your professional plans and career goals and why you want to attend the University ofMichigan-Flint
    • Outline how your past nursing experiences will prepare you for an advanced nursing degree
    • List any past achievements in nursing including any professional organization memberships or positions, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee/project work, or other accomplishments such as scholarly publications
    • Please discuss your research interests
    • Please detail any special circumstances applicable to your application
  • Three recommendations are required from the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, MD or DO

All recommenders should be familiar with your intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment

  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5pm on the day of the application deadline:

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5pm on the day of the application deadline:

  • BSN to DNP: Final Deadline (fall admission only) – March 1
  • MSN to DNP: Applications accepted on a rolling basis through July 1 for the next fall term (must apply by May 1 to be considered for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships)
    • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
    • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
    • Winter – November 15
    • Spring – March 15

ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT

If you are selected for admission to the DNP program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.

Courses

Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

Requirements (for the BSN).

A minimum of 78 credits is required, depending on certification exam requirements and course waivers: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (78-84 cr.), Family Nurse Practitioner (81-87 cr.), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (81-87 cr.), and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (85-91 cr.)

Part-time track available; contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for further information.

Year 1 
Fall Semester
NUR 601 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice in Health Care.  
NUR 602 - Advanced Pathophysiology I.  
NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care. 

Winter Semester
NUR 603 - Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics.  
NUR 604 - Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning - Theory.  
NUR 608 - Advanced Pathophysiology II. 
NUR 700 - Research I for Doctor of Nursing Practice. 

Spring/Summer
NUR 605 - Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning - Practicum.   
NUR 715 - Theoretical Perspectives in the Discipline of Nursing for Advanced Practice.  

Year 2 
Fall Semester
NUR 701 - Research II for Doctor of Nursing Practice.  
NUR 720 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders I - Theory.  
NUR 723 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders - Practicum.  
NUR 730 - Applied Clinical Pharmacology for Primary Health Care I.   

Winter Semester
NUR 721 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders II - Theory.  
NUR 723 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders - Practicum.   
NUR 731 - Applied Clinical Pharmacology for Primary Health Care II.  
NUR 750 - Advanced Practice Nursing with Families and Care of Psychiatric/Mental Health Community Needs.  2  
NUR 901 - Capstone Seminar I. 

Spring/Summer Semester
NUR 606 - Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care.  
NUR 723 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders - Practicum.  

Year 3 
Fall Semester
NUR 607 - Informatics.  
NUR 740 - Advanced Health Assessment of Children - Theory. 1
NUR 753 - Medication Management for Psychiatric Mental Health NP. 2
NUR 760 - Advanced Women’s Health Theory and Practicum.  
NUR 800 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Theory/Practicum I.  3
NUR 860 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Theory.  4
NUR 861 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Practicum.  4
NUR 902 - Capstone Seminar II.  
NUR 903 - Capstone Seminar III.    

Winter Semester
NUR 745 - Primary Health Care of Children - Theory. 
NUR 746 - Primary Health Care of Children-Practicum I. 
NUR 780 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Theory. 
NUR 801 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Theory/Practicum II.  3 
NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory.  
NUR 862 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Theory.  4
NUR 863 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Practicum.  4
NUR 903 - Capstone Seminar III. 

Spring/Summer Semester
NUR 747 - Primary Health Care of Children-Practicum II. 
NUR 781 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Practicum.  2
NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics. 
NUR 864 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Theory.  4
NUR 865 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Practicum.  4 

Year 4 
Fall Semester
NUR 790 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Theory. 
NUR 830 - Advanced Practice Role - Theory.  
NUR 831 - Advanced Practice Role - Practicum.  1, 2 & 3
NUR 833 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Theory.  4
NUR 834 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Practicum.  4
NUR 903 - Capstone Seminar III.  
      
Winter Semester
NUR 770 - Mental Health in Primary Care for Advanced Practice.  1, 3 & 4 
NUR 791 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Practicum.  2
NUR 850 - Urgent Primary Care - Theory/Practicum.  1 & 3 
NUR 870 - Nursing Education - Theory/Application.  
NUR 903 - Capstone Seminar III.  


 

1  Required for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students.
2  Required for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMNP) students.
3  Required for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) students.
4  
Required for Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) students.

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 credit hours may be transferred/waived if graduate courses taken at another accredited institution if the graduate courses correspond in content with courses in the program.

 

Requirements  (for the MSN with advanced practice certification).

Thirty-three to thirty-six credits are required, depending on course waivers. 

Year 1
Fall Semester
NUR 601 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice in Health Care.  
NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care. 

Winter Semester
NUR 700 - Research I for Doctor of Nursing Practice. 
NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory.  

Spring/Summer
NUR 715 - Theoretical Perspectives in the Discipline of Nursing for Advanced Practice.  

Year 2 
Fall Semester
NUR 607 - Informatics. 
NUR 701 - Research II for Doctor of Nursing Practice.  
 
Winter Semester
NUR 870 - Nursing Education - Theory/Application.  
NUR 901 - Capstone Seminar I. 

Spring/Summer Semester
NUR 606 - Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care. 
NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics. 

Year 3
Fall Semester
NUR 832 - Advanced Practice Roles for APRNs. 
NUR 902 - Capstone Seminar II. 
NUR 903 - Capstone Seminar III. 

Transfer Credit

Up to 6 credits may be transferred/waived if graduate courses taken at another accredited institution correspond in content with courses in the program.

 

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