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. Full-time and part-time options are available, requiring 67-78 credit hours. 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 (additional details here)
• Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
• Family Nurse Practitioner
• Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (additional information here)

*Students enrolled in these concentrations are required to complete clinical hours (varies depending on concentration).

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 program ranges from 28-31 credit hours.  Certified Nurse Practitioners can also consider the option to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, or Nurse Educator.

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:

RN-DNP (with non-nursing bachelor's degree)

FLEXIBILITY

This program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format with minimal campus visits (3-6/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. (Students in the FNP and the Psychiatric Mental Health concentrations are required to complete clinical hours for children, adolescents, and adults.)

Student Testimonial

Listen to what one our students has to say about the DNP program:

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.

Dual MBA Option

The Doctor of Nursing Practice/Master of Business Administration Program is for UM-Flint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students and graduates with an interest in Business/Healthcare Administration. The curriculum allows the DNP student or graduate to apply up to 15 specified credits toward both degrees. The degrees are independent; each degree is awarded when completed, with specified credits accepted for the second degree after the first has been awarded. The MBA degree is awarded with a concentration in Health Care Management. Click here for more information. 

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.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Additional Notes:

  • One year of full-time experience which would be at least 2000 hours (in 12 months) experience as a registered nurse in a critical care unit such as SICU, MICU, CCU, etc. Other critical care units may be considered if the applicant has working knowledge of invasive hemodynamic monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery, central venous pressure, and arterial catheters), mechanical ventilation, and is proficient in vasopressor titration. 

    • Emergency Room experience will not be considered as longitudinally acceptable criteria for this requirement. Must be currently working in a critical care unit or have worked in a critical care unit within the past three years.
    • Submission of Verification of Completion Form for critical care experience hours will be required after admission into the program,
  • Current certification as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS)
  • Current certification as a Basic Life Support Provider (BLS)
  • The first and third clinical acute care practica (NUR 861 and NUR 865) must be completed in the state of Michigan - no exceptions.
PSCYHIATRIC Mental health nurse practitioner

Additional Notes:
Students are required to meet these requirements for the total 500 hours of practicum:

  • Child age 17 and under hours 170
  • Adult age 18-65 hours 300 
  • Older adults age 65 and over hours 30 

Contact Julie Westenfeld, nursing academic advisor at jyankee@umich.edu for details.

Accreditation

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

Courses

Requirements, BSN to DNP Curriculum

(MSN to DNP info below the BSN to DNP)

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

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (72-78 credits)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (67-73 credits)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (69-75 credits)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (72-78 credits)

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

Core Courses (54 credits)
  • NUR 601 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice in Health Care (3)
  • NUR 602 - Advanced Pathophysiology I (2)
  • NUR 603 - Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Professionals (3)
  • NUR 604 - Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning - Theory (3)
  • NUR 605 - Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning - Practicum (2)
  • NUR 606 - Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care (2)
  • NUR 607 - Informatics (3)
  • NUR 608 - Advanced Pathophysiology II (2)
  • NUR 700 - Healthcare Research I (3)
  • NUR 703 - Healthcare Research and Theoretical Perspectives II (4)
  • NUR 720 - Primary Health Care for Advanced Practice Professionals-Theory I (3)
  • NUR 721 - Primary Health Care for Advanced Practice Professionals-Theory II (3)
  • NUR 723 - Primary Health Care for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum I (2)
  • NUR 724 - Primary Health Care for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum II (2-3) (elected for 3 credits)
  • NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care (3)
  • NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics (2-3) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 830 - Advanced Practice Role - Theory (2)
  • NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory (3)
  • NUR 901 - DNP Research l (2)
  • NUR 902 - DNP Research ll (2)
  • NUR 910 - DNP Research Seminar lll (1)
  • NUR 911 - DNP Research Seminar IV (1)
  • NUR 912 - DNP Research Seminar V (1-4) (Required only if NUR 911 has not been completed; must be retaken until successful completion of NUR 911)
Emphasis Area

One of the following areas of emphasis:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (24 credits)
  • NUR 760 - Women's Health for Advanced Practice Professionals (2)
  • NUR 770 - Mental Health for Advanced Practice Professionals (2-3) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 860 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Theory (3)
  • NUR 861 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care I-Practicum (2)
  • NUR 862 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Theory (2)
  • NUR 863 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care II-Practicum (3)
  • NUR 864 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Theory (2)
  • NUR 865 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care III-Practicum (3)
  • NUR 866 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Theory (2)
  • NUR 867 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care IV-Practicum (3)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (19 credits)
  • NUR 725 - Primary Health Care for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum III (2)
  • NUR 760 - Women's Health for Advanced Practice Professionals (2)
  • NUR 770 - Mental Health for Advanced Practice Professionals (2-3) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 800 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology for Advanced Practice Professionals - Theory I (2-4) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 801 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology for Advanced Practice Professionals - Theory II (2-3) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 803 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum I (2)
  • NUR 804 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum II (2)
  • NUR 805 - Special Topics in Adult-Gerontology for Advanced Practice Professionals - Practicum III (2)
  • NUR 831 - Advanced Practice Role - Practicum (3)
Family Nurse Practitioner (20 Credits)
  • NUR 725 - Primary Health Care for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum III (2)
  • NUR 740 - Advanced Health Assessment of Children - Theory (2)
  • NUR 745 - Primary Health Care of Children for Advanced Practice Professionals-Theory (3)
  • NUR 746 - Primary Health Care of Children for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum I (3)
  • NUR 747 - Primary Health Care of Children for Advanced Practice Professionals-Practicum II (3)
  • NUR 760 - Women's Health for Advanced Practice Professionals (2)
  • NUR 770 - Mental Health for Advanced Practice Professionals (2-3) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 831 - Advanced Practice Role - Practicum (3)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (24 credits)
  • NUR 750 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Families and Communities (3)
  • NUR 751 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Special Populations in Mental Health (2)
  • NUR 753 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care Across the Life Span of Persons with Mental Health Concerns - Medication Management (2)
  • NUR 754 - Adv. Practice of Adults and Children with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns - Practicum (3)
  • NUR 780 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns I - Theory (3)
  • NUR 781 - Advanced Practice Care of Adults and Children with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns- Practicum I (3-4) (elected for 4 credits)
  • NUR 790 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Persons Across the Life Span with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns II - Theory (3)
  • NUR 791 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of Adults and Children with Psychiatric Mental Health Concerns - Practicum II (3-4) (elected for 4 credits)

Students are required to meet these requirements for the total 500 hours of practicum within Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner:

  • Child age 17 and under hours 170
  • Adult age 18-65 hours 300 
  • Older adults age 65 and over hours 30

Grade Requirement

A grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Transfer Credit

Up to 12 credits of graduate coursework completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer or waiver to the BSN to DNP program.  Transfers and waivers of credit are subject to the approval of the Graduate Academic Standards Committee and are made in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Faculty Committee.

Additional information on the BSN-to-DNP including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Requirements, MSN to DNP Curriculum (for the MSN with advanced practice certification)

For the MSN with advanced practice certification, 28-31 credits are required, depending on course waivers.

Core Courses
  • NUR 601 - Biostatistics for Advanced Practice in Health Care (3)
  • NUR 606 - Epidemiology for Advanced Practice in Health Care (2)
  • NUR 607 - Informatics (3)
  • NUR 700 - Healthcare Research I (3) (required only if an equivalent research course was not successfully completed in an accredited master’s or doctorate program)
  • NUR 703 - Healthcare Research and Theoretical Perspectives II (4)
  • NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care (3)
  • NUR 820 - Health Policy and Economics (2-3)
  • NUR 832 - Advanced Practice Roles for APRNs (2)
  • NUR 840 - Organizational and Administrative Theory (3)
  • NUR 901 - DNP Research l (2)
  • NUR 902 - DNP Research ll (2)
  • NUR 910 - DNP Research Seminar lll (1)
  • NUR 911 - DNP Research Seminar IV (1)
  • NUR 913 - MSN to DNP Research Seminar IV (1)
  • NUR 912 - DNP Research Seminar V (1-4) (required only if NUR 911 or 913 has not been completed; must be retaken until successful completion of NUR 911)

Grade Requirement

A grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

Transfer Credit

Up to six (6) credits of graduate coursework completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer or waiver.  Transfers and waivers of credit are subject to the approval of the Graduate Academic Standards Committee and are made in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Faculty Committee.

Additional information on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

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 an advanced practice nurse
  • At least one year RN experience is preferred

Admission for RN's is possible. Click here to learn more or contact Julie Westenfeld, Graduate Academic Advisor at jyankee@umich.edu for details.

STATE AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

This program is designed to meet licensure requirements in the state of Michigan. The University has not made a determination as to whether this program satisfies academic prerequisites for licensure in any state other than Michigan. The University makes no representation that the credits you complete as part of this program would be accepted towards licensure qualification in your state. We advise you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you are located (and, if different, the state where you intend to seek licensure). The NCSBN website may provide a link to your state board of nursing here: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm.  

Applying

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • 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 
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document in APA format, double-spaced. Please include:
    • 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.
  • Phone/in-person interview may be required
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.
APPLICATION DEADLINES

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the application deadline:

  • BSN to DNP applications accepted on a rolling basis through each application deadline (*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.)

    • Fall (early deadline) - May 1*  
    • Fall (final deadline) - July 31
    • Winter - November 1
    • Spring - March 15
  • MSN to DNP applications accepted on a rolling basis through each application deadline (*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.)
    • Fall (early deadline) - May 1*
    • Fall (final deadline) - July 31
    • Winter - November 1
    • 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.

Campus Orientation

If admitted to the program, you must attend an on-campus orientation before their program begins. The date will be indicated in your letter of admission.