Why UM-Flint

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

Widely recognized and respected for the quality of its graduates, the Doctor in Nursing Practice program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a highly-skilled nurse practitioner equipped to provide exceptional health care, and to be a leader capable of navigating today’s complex healthcare environment. The 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

This degree track is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who are looking to move into a leadership role within a clinical practice. A four-year full-time program and a part-time option are available (78-93 credit hours required). The part-time option is perfect for working RNs and new graduates. Students pursuing the BSN to DNP also have the opportunity to choose from a range of available concentrations including:
• Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
• Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
• Family Nurse Practitioner
• Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN to DNP 

This degree track is designed for registered nurses with a master’s degree in nursing who are already Certified Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. This part-time program ranges from two to four years, and requires 33-36 credit hours. There is also the option to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that certified Nurse Practitioners can consider.

ALTERNATE PATHWAY TO DNP

The DNP program at UM-Flint also offers an alternate admission path for practicing registered nurses that have completed bachelor’s degrees in other areas outside the nursing field.

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. Furthermore, UM-Flint Nursing faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal class schedule with flexible office hours and online availability.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

UM-Flint faculty are actively involved in a wide range of research projects and encourage DNP students to participate. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue your specific research interests while helping improve healthcare services to a range of communities across the region, the nation, and abroad.

PREPARED FOR TODAY’S HEALTH CARE WORLD

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.

The DNP prepares you to provide comprehensive health care services. You’ll emerge with the knowledge and skills to take patient histories; conduct physical examinations; order, perform, and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests; prescribe medications, treatments, and therapies; and help patients manage their conditions as well as their health.

U-M RESOURCES

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, 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. 

INTEGRATED CLINICAL EXPERIENCES

In-depth online coursework integrates with practical clinical experiences to provide you with valuable hands-on learning as part of a healthcare team. You’ll complete your clinical practicum under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals who inspire as well as impart knowledge.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs at University of Michigan-Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Courses

Nursing (DNP)

The University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Health Professions and Studies offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, which provides the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in primary health care. The program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format with minimal campus visits, approximately once per semester (less for MSN to DNP students). In addition, practicum courses require clinical site visits that are determined by the clinical instructor.

The development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice is based on strong national and state trends in the health care environment to provide entry-level nurse practitioner education at the doctoral level. The DNP degree allows students to focus on in-depth professional and clinical studies to meet the ever-increasing practice challenges of providing the highest quality health care in the 21st century.

As Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) graduates (1) make independent and collaborative health care decisions; (2) engage in clinical practice as expert clinicians who use theory and evidence-based practice to perform history and physical exams, interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests, treat common illnesses and injuries, prescribe medications (in accordance with state practice laws) and evaluate outcomes; (3) demonstrate leadership as consultants, educators, researchers and administrators, and (4) participate in legislative and professional activities to promote professional advancement and health related social policies.

Career opportunities for APRNs are continually expanding and include positions in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health care agencies, schools, universities, industry, nursing homes, wellness centers, employee health programs, physicians’ office practices, community mental health agencies, public health agencies, acute care facilities and private practice.

Four concentrations are available in the DNP program:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    The adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner is designed to educate nurses who want to manage and improve outcomes for culturally diverse populations of acutely ill patients with complex and often chronic illnesses across the adult life span. With the passage of the national health care reform, the demand for qualified nurse practitioner graduates has dramatically increased. The ACNP will provide coordination and continuity of care for acute and chronic illness and guide transition back to the community and primary care providers. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
     
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner is a provider of primary health care services. Within this role, the AGNP synthesizes theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states. The population in adult-gerontology primary care practice includes adolescents and young, middle, and older adults. The particular expertise of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion, and the management of patients with acute and chronic multi-system health problems. Delivering patient care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs and making health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures is an important role component. The AGNP provides consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation. Upon entry into practice, the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner demonstrates competence to be qualified in the categories of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, diverse management and diagnostics. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
     
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
    Family nurse practitioners are primary health care providers. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), they provide nursing and medical services to individuals, families and groups, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention across the life span. The FNP synthesizes theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge in the management of acute and chronic diseases or treatment and wellness promotion of minor injuries. Services include, but are not limited to, history and physical examinations, ordering of appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescription of pharmacologic agents and treatments, and nonpharmacologic therapies. Teaching and counseling individuals, families and groups are major parts of a nurse practitioner’s activities. Family nurse practitioners work autonomously, as well as in collaboration with a variety of individuals, to diagnose and manage clients’ health care problems as well as to provide anticipatory guidance and developmental assessments for pediatric patients. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.
     
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
    The psychiatric mental health practitioner’s role is unique and on the cutting edge of mental health care. Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners synthesize theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge and are capable of medical, pharmacological and psychotherapeutic intervention in acute, crisis and chronic persistent situations, as well as being skilled in disease prevention and health maintenance planning. Credentialed to practice in a collaborative relationship with the psychiatrist and other mental health team members and treat patients across the life span. Full utilization of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners has the potential of extending mental health services in a cost-effective manner.  Nurse practitioners with this credential are highly valued and frequently sought out. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

The Department of Nursing will make an effort to offer all four concentration areas each year. However, the Graduate Nursing program reserves the right to delay the offering of specialty clinical courses until minimum enrollment levels are met.

The program is also offered as a Nursing Practice/Business Administration (DNP/MBA)  dual degree program.

Licensed nurse practitioners seeking to certify as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner can apply to the Post-Graduate Certificate program.  Additionally, an online part-time Master to DNP program is available for those applicants with prior certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist, or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should check the Office of Graduate Programs website for the application deadline. Students are admitted for the Fall semester only.

Before applying, out-of-state students, or those who may relocate during the program, should contact the Department of Nursing to confirm that the University of Michigan-Flint is authorized to offer distance education in the student’s state of residence. The Department of Nursing, in conjunction with the Office of Extended Learning, will determine the university’s status in that state.

Applicants must have:

  1. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)* or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree,  with certification, from an accredited college or university, with an overall minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (3.5 for graduate work)
  2. A current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  3. A college-level chemistry course with a minimum grade of C (2.0)
  4. A college-level statistics with a minimum grade of C (2.0)

* Admission is also possible for Registered Nurses with bachelor degrees in non-nursing fields.  In addition to the requirements above, RNs not holding a BSN must complete the following courses or their equivalents: ENG 112 , NUR 204 , NSC 209 , NSC 210 , NSC 235 NUR 300 NUR 316 NUR 412 .

Application for Admission

With the application for Graduate Admission, the following are required:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Proof of current RN licensure
  • A copy of certification in the applicant’s advanced practice nursing specialty (for the applicant with a MSN)
  • A professional goal statement
  • Three complete recommendation forms

International students must submit additional documentation, and an interview with a faculty member either by phone or in person to delineate clear clinical interests that are compatible with the mentoring capacity of the Department of Nursing faculty. 

Applicants from states other than Michigan are responsible for checking with the State Board of Nursing in the state they wish to become licensed, to ensure that the program meets any individual state licensing requirements as a nurse practitioner.

Transfer Credit

Up to twelve (12) credits of graduate coursework completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer or waiver for the BSN to DNP program, up to six (6) for the MSN to DNP program.  Transfers and waivers of credit are subject to the approval of the Graduate Student Affairs Committee and are made in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Program Committee.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS)  and Graduate Study  sections of this Catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.

Requirements (BSN to DNP)


For the BSN degree holder, a minimum of 78 credits is required, depending on certification exam requirements and course waivers:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (87-93 cr.)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (78-84 cr.)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (81-87 cr.)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (85-91 cr.)

A part-time track is available; contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for further information.

Year 1


  • Fall

  • NUR 601 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice in Health Care (3).
  • NUR 602 - Advanced Pathophysiology I (3).
  • NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care (3).
  •  

  • Winter

  • NUR 603 - Advanced Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics (3).
  • NUR 604 - Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning - Theory (3).
  • NUR 608 - Advanced Pathophysiology II (2).
  • NUR 700 - Healthcare Research I (3).
  •  

  • Spring/Summer

  • NUR 605 - Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning - Practicum (3).
  • NUR 715 - Theoretical Perspectives in the Discipline of Nursing for Advanced Practice (3).

Year 2


  • Fall

  • NUR 701 - Healthcare Research II (3).
  • NUR 720 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders I - Theory (3).
  • NUR 723 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders/Practicum I (2).
  • NUR 730 - Applied Clinical Pharmacology for Primary Health Care I (1).
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  • Winter

  • NUR 721 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders II - Theory (3).
  • NUR 724 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders/Practicum II (2).
  • NUR 731 - Applied Clinical Pharmacology for Primary Health Care II (1).
  • NUR 753 - Medication Management for Psychiatric Mental Health NP Theory/Practicum (3). 2
  • NUR 901 - DNP Research l (2).
  •  

  • Spring/Summer

  • NUR 606 - Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care (2).
  • NUR 725 - Primary Health Care of Adolescents/Adults/Elders/Practicum III (2).

Year 3


  • Fall

  • NUR 607 - Informatics (3).
  • NUR 740 - Advanced Health Assessment of Children - Theory (2). 1
  • NUR 750 - Advanced Practice Nursing with Families and Care of Psychiatric/Mental Health Community Needs (3). 2
  • NUR 751 - Special Populations in Mental Health Nursing (2). 2
  • NUR 760 - Advanced Women's Health-Theory (2). 1, 3 & 4
  • NUR 761 - Advanced Women's Health Practicum (1-3). 1 & 3
  • NUR 800 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Theory/Practicum I (4). 3
  • NUR 860 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Theory (3). 4
  • NUR 861 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Practicum (2). 4
  • NUR 902 - DNP Research ll (2).
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  • Winter

  • NUR 745 - Primary Health Care of Children - Theory (3). 1
  • NUR 746 - Primary Health Care of Children-Practicum I (2). 1
  • NUR 780 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Theory (3). 2
  • NUR 801 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Theory/Practicum II (3). 3
  • NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory (3).
  • NUR 862 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Theory (2). 4
  • NUR 863 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Practicum (3). 4
  • NUR 910 - DNP Research Seminar lll (1.)
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  • Spring/Summer

  • NUR 747 - Primary Health Care of Children-Practicum II (3). 1
  • NUR 781 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Practicum (3). 2
  • NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics (3).
  • NUR 864 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Theory (2). 4
  • NUR 865 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Practicum (3). 4

Year 4


  • Fall

  • NUR 790 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Theory (3). 2
  • NUR 830 - Advanced Practice Role - Theory (2).
  • NUR 831 - Advanced Practice Role - Practicum (3). 1, 2 & 3
  • NUR 866 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Theory (2). 4
  • NUR 867 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Practicum (3). 4
  • NUR 911 - DNP Research Seminar IV (1).
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  • Winter

  • NUR 770 - Mental Health in Primary Care for Advanced Practice (3). 1, 3 & 4
  • NUR 791 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Practicum (3). 2
  • NUR 870 - Nursing Education - Theory/Application (3).
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  • 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.

Requirements (MSN to DNP)


For the holder of an MSN degree with advanced practice certification, 33 to 36 credits are required, depending on course waivers.

Year 1


  • Fall

  • NUR 601 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice in Health Care (3).
  • NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care (3).
  •  

  • Winter

  • NUR 700 - Healthcare Research I (3).
  • NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory (3).
  •  

  • Spring/Summer

  • NUR 715 - Theoretical Perspectives in the Discipline of Nursing for Advanced Practice (3).

Year 2


  • Fall

  • NUR 607 - Informatics (3).
  • NUR 701 - Healthcare Research II (3).
  •  

  • Winter

  • NUR 870 - Nursing Education - Theory/Application (3).
  • NUR 910 - DNP Research Seminar lll (1.)
  •  

  • Spring/Summer

  • NUR 606 - Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care (2).
  • NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics (3).

Year 3


  • Fall Semester

  • NUR 832 - Advanced Practice Roles for APRNs (2).
  • NUR 911 - DNP Research Seminar IV (1).


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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 APRN certification) from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • BSN to DNP Applicants: Current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • MSN to DNP Applicants: Current unencumbered license as advanced practice nurse
  • BSN to DNP Applicants: College-level Chemistry with grade of C or better
  • All applicants: College-level Statistics with grade of C or better
  • At least one year RN experience is preferred

Note: Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting DNP courses

Admission for RN's is possible.  Please contact Joy O'Brien, Graduate Academic Advisor at joyobrie@umflint.edu for details.

STATE AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

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 résumé
  • Copy of current RN 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 
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document that includes:
    • Your reasons for pursuing a DNP, your professional plans and career goals, and why you want to attend UM-Flint
    • Your past nursing experiences and how they will prepare you for an advanced nursing degree 
    • 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
    • Your research interests
    • Any special circumstances applicable to your application
  • Three recommendations are required from any combination of 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.
  • 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:

  • BSN to DNP applications accepted on a rolling basis through each application deadline (*must apply for admission by May 1 to be considered for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships)
    • Fall – May 1*  
    • Spring – November 1
  • MSN to DNP applications accepted on a rolling basis through each application deadline (*must apply for admission by May 1 to be considered for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships)
    • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
    • Fall (final deadline) – July 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.