What Sets UM-Flint's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Apart?
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, and MSN to DNP:
- BSN to DNP
- Intended for Bachelor-prepared RN’s who wish to pursue the DNP
- 4-year program
- Requires 77-90 credit hours
- Concentrations available in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health 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 34-37credit hours
- This program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format with minimal campus visits required 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- UM-Flint’s DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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.