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, 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 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
FLEXIBILITY:
  • 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.
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. Admission is to the fall semester only. 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 unencumbered 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

*Admission is also possible for Registered Nurses with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. In addition to the requirements above, those RNs seeking admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program who do not already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing but have a bachelor’s degree in another area of study must complete the following coursework or their equivalents:

  • ENG 112 English Composition II
  • NUR 209 Basic Nutrition (or Credit by Exam) or NSC 208 Nutrition in Health Care
  • NUR 205 Human Nutrition
  • NSC 204 Bioethics Health Assessment for RN to BSN
  • NUR 300 Transition to Professional Nursing
  • NUR 316 Research in Nursing
  • NUR 408 Issues & Trends
  • NUR 412 Community Health Nursing

NOTE: Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting DNP courses. If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and need to complete the prerequisite coursework listed above, you must contact the Nursing Department for advising before applying to the DNP program.

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
  • 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 describing your career objectives and areas of clinical interest. The statement should be a 500-word typewritten document that describes your reasons for pursuing a doctor of nursing practice degree and should reflect a strong sense of career direction.

The statement should relate past experiences to advancing a career in nursing. Include your:          

  • purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study        
  • reasons for wanting to study at UM-Flint         
  • research interests         
  • professional plans and career goals

​Please describe any past achievements in nursing including any:          

  • professional organization memberships or positions          
  • awards          
  • scholarships          
  • nominations          
  • certifications         
  • committee/project work          
  • other accomplishments you wish to include

You also may  explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on any scholarly publications, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history

  • Three recommendations, including one from a doctorally-prepared academician, a supervisor in an employment setting, and a practicing RN or APN, all 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:

  • BSN to DNP: Final Deadline – March 1
  • MSN to DNP:
    • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
    • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
    • Winter – November 15
    • Spring – March 15

* You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

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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