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 unencumbered 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 204 Health Assessment (or Credit by Exam)
  •  NSC 210 ( Pathophysiology taken w/i 5 years)
  •  NUR 316 ( Nursing Research )
  •  NSC 235 ( Pharmacology taken w/i 5 years)
  •  NSC 209 Nutrition (NSC 208 if credit for NUR 205; or NSC 209 Credit by Exam)
  •  NUR 300 Transition to Professional Nursing
  •  NUR 412 Community Health Nursing (includes clinical component; 6  clinical hours per week)

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 RN/DNP Early Assurance program.



DNP Application Process:


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 unencumbered 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:     
  1.   purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study   
  2.   reasons for wanting to study at UM-Flint    
  3.   research interests    
  4.   professional plans and career goals

Please describe any past achievements in nursing including any:     

  1.  professional organization memberships or positions     
  2.  awards     
  3.  scholarships     
  4.  nominations     
  5.  certifications    
  6.  committee/project work     
  7.  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 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: 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)

For application information please visit the Office of Graduate Programs.


Curriculum Catalog

We will offer a Full Time 4 year DNP program or a Part Time 6-7 year DNP program.



DNP and MSN Comparison

Both the Doctor of Nursing Practice  (DNP) and the "Accelerated" Masters of Nursing Science (MSN) prepare nurses to be licensed Nurse Practitioners; the following table compares the two programs:

Criteria DNP MSN
Credit Hours 77-90 51
Time to Completion 4 years Full Time / 6-7 Years Part Time 5 Semesters - Full Time / 11 Semesters - Part Time
Course Work Load Full Time and Part Time Available Full Time and Part Time Available
Course Types Online, Plus up to 8 Campus Visits Online, 6-8 Campus Visits
Grant Funding Nurse Faculty Loan Program Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Transfer/Waiver of Credit Up to 9 credits for MSN to DNP, 12 credits for BSN to DNP Up to 9 credits
Admission Term Fall Winter
Concentrations AGNP, FNP, ACNP, PMHNP FNP
Students Accepted Yearly up to 60 { 15 per concentration } 20 Students - Full Time + 10 Students Part Time
Degree Awarded DNP MSN



The University of Michigan-Flint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program produces skilled nurse practitioners in Primary Health Care.


The program consists of Four concentrations:


1) Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) 

The adult-gerontology nurse practitioner is a provider of direct 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 primary care practice includes adolescents and young, middle, and older adults. The particular expertise of the adult 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. Most adult nurse practitioners practice in primary care settings, which include general and specialty practices. The AGNP provides consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation. Upon entry into practice, the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner demonstrates competence in the categories of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and diagnostics. Graduates will sit for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

2) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Family nurse practitioners are primary health care providers. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), 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 and the treatment of minor injuries.

Services include, but are not limited to, history and physical examinations, the ordering of appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, the 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. Graduates will be qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

3) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)  [formerly family]

The psychiatric mental health practitioner’s role is unique and on the cutting edge of mental health care. In Michigan, changes in the Michigan Mental Health Code have paved the way for new opportunities for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. The code specifically defines new responsibilities for advanced practice nurses employed in community mental health service programs. 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 independently, they value and seek ongoing consultative relationships with the psychiatrist and other mental health team members. Full utilization of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners has the potential of extending mental health services in a cost-effective manner. Graduates will be qualified to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

4) Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)

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.


The DNP is offered based upon the following tracks:

  • RN to DNP (ADN nurses with a Bachelor's Degree in a non-nursing field)
  • BSN to DNP (Registered Nurses with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing)
  • MS or MSN-NP to DNP (Registered Nurses with a conferred MS or MSN-Nurse Practitioner Degree, Nurse Midwives, CRNA, or CNS)


For additional information on the Doctor of Nursing Practice, please visit the catalog.

For application information please visit the Office of Graduate Programs.


Why a DNP?

About the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program:

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.