Online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree

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).

With three pathways including BSN to DNP, RN to DNP, and MSN to DNP, the online 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.

Integrated Clinical Experiences

UM-Flint’s DNP program integrates in-depth online coursework 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.

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 University of Michigan-Flint.

Affordability

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.

Online DNP Pathways

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides three tracks—MSN to DNP, BSN to DNP, and RN to DNP—for students to personalize their paths according to their educational backgrounds. Each program pathway offers a robust practice-focused curriculum that can effectively improve students’ skills needed for nursing leadership roles.

MSN to DNP

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.

BSN to DNP

The online BSN-DNP track is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who aspire to progress into a leadership role within clinical practice. In addition to the full-time program format, the BSN-DNP track offers a part-time option which is ideal for working RNs and new graduates.

The curriculum consists of 54 credits of core courses and 19-24 credits of concentration courses depending on the chosen emphasis area. 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 (the number of hours varies depending on concentration).

Review the detailed
BSN to DNP program curriculum.

RN to DNP

The RN to DNP curricular pathway is designed for highly qualified practicing registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree outside of nursing. It offers an alternative route for RNs to achieve a doctorate degree in Nursing Practice at UM-Flint as a Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, or a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

In addition to the courses listed in the BSN to DNP program curriculum, additional courses are required for RN students.

*Note about the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration:

Students of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration 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.

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:

  • 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 of 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 RNs is possible. RN to DNP Applicant 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. Learn more by contacting Julie Westenfeld, Graduate Academic Advisor at jyankee@umich.edu for details.

Admission Requirements: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration

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 jyankee@umich.edu.

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 FlintGradOffice@umich.edu 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 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

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) – August 1
    • 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) – August 1
    • 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.

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, 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!