Online MSN-DNP Advanced Practice Degree

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Widely recognized and respected for the quality of its graduates, faculty, and the world-renowned University of Michigan Brand, UM-Flint’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is an online program that prepares you to grow into a responsible leader and a highly skilled nurse practitioner (NP).

The online MSN-DNP program empowers ambitious registered nurses from diverse educational backgrounds to achieve new heights in their careers. Through rigorous study and clinical training, you are equipped to provide exceptional patient care and excel in a high-level nursing role in today’s complex healthcare environment.

Why Earn Your DNP Degree at UM-Flint?

Result-driven DNP Program

UM-Flint’s online DNP program fosters licensed independent practitioners who can make health care decisions and collaborate with other health professionals to provide comprehensive care for individuals, families, and communities in a variety of ambulatory and inpatient settings.

Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed 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. They are nurse leaders who translate research evidence into clinical practice, contribute to improving patient outcomes, and provide the highest levels of culturally sensitive primary and acute health care services.

Flexible Online DNP Program Format

To accommodate working nurses’ busy schedules, University of Michigan-Flint’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers a distance-learning (online) format with minimal campus visits. Campus visits coincide with health residencies, simulation activities, clinical site visits that are determined by the clinical instructor for practicum courses, and hooding and graduation ceremonies. In addition, reflecting our commitment to student success, UM-Flint’s Nursing faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal course schedule with flexible office hours and online availability.

DNP/MBA Dual Degree Option

DNP students or graduates interested in Business or Healthcare Administration can pursue the DNP/MBA dual degree. Students can apply up to 15 specified credits toward both degrees. 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.

CCNE Accreditation

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students can be confident that they receive rigorous nursing education and are well prepared to elevate their nursing careers at the University of Michigan-Flint.


The online DNP program offers affordable tuition rates coupled with generous financial aid, grants, scholarships, a wide range of loan options, and a recognized UM-degree brand.

U-M Resources

UM-Flint DNP students can access additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor to assist in their research and other endeavors.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program
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Taught in an online format, the MSN to DNP 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.

The MSN to DNP program curriculum includes 28-31 credit hours of coursework. Certified Nurse Practitioners can also consider the option to complete a Nursing Post Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Nurse Educator, or Psychiatric Mental Health, in addition to the core courses.

Review the detailed MSN to DNP program curriculum.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Career Outlook

Earning a DNP degree plays an important role in your journey of climbing up the nursing ladder. With the strong knowledge and skills you gained from UM-Flint’s online DNP program, you are empowered to pursue a vast number of career opportunities and increase your earning potential.

DNP graduates are well-prepared to work and lead in a variety of roles such as:

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in a specialized area
  • Nurse administrator 
  • Clinical researcher
  • Nurse educator

DNP graduates can earn anywhere from $95,000 to $157,000 a year depending on their specialty and geographical location. DNP-prepared Nurse Practitioners earn about $8,000 more than the average salary of an MSN-prepared NP.

DNP graduates can earn anywhere from $95,000 to $157,000 a year depending on their specialty and
geographical location.

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:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (with APRN certification) from a regionally accredited institution with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered license as an advanced practice nurse
  • At least one year of RN experience is preferred

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 the Online DNP Program

To be considered for admission to UM-Flint’s DNP program, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs.

  • 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)
  • 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 letters of recommendation 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 must submit additional documentation. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines*

*New Application Deadlines
The application deadline changes are part of a curricular revision that will begin in Fall 2022.

  • Fall (early deadline) – February 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – August 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.

Advising Services

Do you want to talk to a knowledgeable academic advisor about the online Doctor of Nursing Practice program? At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who can guide your unique educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Learn More about UM-Flint’s Online DNP Program

Providing three DNP degree pathways for registered nurses with different educational backgrounds, the University of Michigan-Flint’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice program gives you the knowledge and confidence to serve communities as a responsible nurse leader. Request information, or start your application today!