About the 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 settings. You will serve as the primary care provider and consult and collaborate with other healthcare 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.


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 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 an advanced practice nurse
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, 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 prerequisites before beginning graduate coursework. For more information, please contact Brooke Michael at jbjkk@umflint.edu.


* Please note, you must apply for admission by May 1 in order to be considered for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

Please consult the Graduate Programs website for details regarding the DNP application process.



IMPORTANT:  Prior to enrolling in an online program leading to licensure by another state, it is important that students check with the appropriate state agency to verify eligibility to take licensing exams at the conclusion of the UM-Flint program.


Program Costs:

Students admitted to the DNP program will incur costs including, but not limited to, those associated with clinical/health requirements, textbooks, clinical/laboratory supplies, lab coats, transportation to and from clinical sites, and fees associated with clinical placements. Tuition for the DNP program can be found under Graduate Tuition



For an official listing of the program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint 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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepare nurses to be licensed nurse practitioners. The following table compares the two programs:

Criteria DNP MSN
Credit Hours 67-78 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 minimal campus visits Online, plus minimal campus visits
Grant Funding Nurse Faculty Loan Program and Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Transfer/Waiver of Credit Up to 6 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



This program offers four concentrations:
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.

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.

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.

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.