Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP)

Program Quality
Widely recognized and respected for the quality of its graduates, faculty, and the world renowned University of Michigan Brand, the Doctor in Nursing Practice program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a leader and a highly-skilled nurse practitioner (NP) equipped to provide exceptional health care, and to be a leader capable of navigating today’s complex healthcare environment. DNP graduates earn anywhere from $95,000 to $157,000 a year depending on their specialty and geographical location. DNP prepared NP’s earn about $8,000 more than the average salary of an MSN prepared NP.

UM-Flint DNP graduates are prepared to become licensed independent practitioners who provide comprehensive health care services 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. They 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.

The UM-Flint DNP program is taught in 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/graduation ceremonies. UM-Flint Nursing faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal course schedule with flexible office hours and online availability.

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. Students complete their clinical practicum under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals who inspire as well as impart knowledge.

Affordable tuition rates coupled with financial aid options, grants, scholarships, a wide range of loan options, and a recognized UM-degree brand.

U-M Resources
UM-Flint 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.

DNP Pathways

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 Nursing Post Master’s Certificate in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Nurse Educator, or Psychiatric Mental Health.

The BSN-DNP 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 depending on the chosen concentration. The part-time option is perfect for working RNs and new graduates. Students pursuing the BSN to DNP may choose from a range of available concentrations including:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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

RN to DNP (with non-nursing bachelor’s degree)
The RN-DNP curricular pathway offers an alternate admission path for practicing registered nurses who have completed bachelor’s degrees in other areas outside the nursing field. It is intended for highly qualified ADN or Diploma nurses who hold another non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are seeking a DNP degree at UM-Flint as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner or a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Students must have a 3.50 GPA or better in the last 60 post-secondary credits completed. (If the applicant’s ADN degree does not meet the 60-credit minimum, the most recent 60 college level credits will be considered.)

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.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

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 institution 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
  • Please refer below for additional requirements for those applying to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentrations

Admission for RN’s is possible. Learn more by contacting Julie Westenfeld, Graduate Academic Advisor at for details.

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.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
In addition, students admitted to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track must meet the following criteria:

  • 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.

*The School of Nursing will substitute the requirement of one year of full-time experience in a critical care unit and replace with: one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse with preferred experience in such units as ICU, CCU, Perioperative Unit/Pre-op/PACU, Step-down, Emergency departments, and other specialty units such as cath lab. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the SON graduate advisor, Julie Westenfeld at

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
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 for details.

To be considered for admission, 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)
  • 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 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. 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 p.m. on the day of the application deadline:

  • BSN to DNP applications accepted on a rolling basis through each application deadline 
    • 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 
    • Fall (early deadline) – May 1*
    • Fall (final deadline) – July 31
    • Winter – November 1
    • Spring – March 15

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

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.


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