Michigan DNP Programs

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Michigan DNP Programs

Michigan Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs provide a terminal level nursing degree that is concentrated on clinical practice. There are currently nine DNP programs in Michigan, though this number is likely to grow quickly as the AACN pushes for advanced practice to move from the MSN requirement to the DNP.

Though different, Michigan's DNP programs have a similar mission. The programs aim to prepare nurses to be clinical experts with leadership, decision making, and political policy skills who can transform healthcare practice.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Michigan DNP programs differ in terms of entry-points and program lengths. Many programs, such as those offered by Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, offer a program developed only for post-master's degree students. Both of these programs require completion of a project and 1,000 supervised clinical hours between the MSN and DNP. The University of Michigan's MSN-DNP curriculum is made up of 37-40 credits, and Michigan State University's is 36 credit hours.

Grand Valley State University shows an example of one Michigan DNP that offers both a post-BSN and post-MSN entry-point. Like the other schools mentioned, this one requires completion of 1,000 supervised clinical hours. The BSN-DNP program ranges in credit hours from 79-94, depending on the specialization or track chosen. There are two Advanced Practice Nursing specialties (Child/Adolescent and Adult/Older Adult), both of which have a 94 credit curriculum. The Nursing Administration and Healthcare Systems track has a 79 credit curriculum. Grand Valley State University offers personalized curriculums for post-MSN students.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements between Michigan DNP programs bare many similarities. Applicants to these programs should expect to be subject to the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's or master's from an accredited program
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts and secondary transcripts
  • Acceptable GRE scores
  • Current resume
  • Professional and educational goal statement or essay
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • Unencumbered RN license (Michigan license)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One year of professional nursing experience
  • Approved graduate-level statistics, research methods, and health policy courses
  • Interview
  • TOEFL for those who do not speak English as a first language


Tuition varies by program, and is subject to change annually. Tuition in Michigan is significantly higher for non-residents than for Michigan residents.

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Other Schools with DNP Programs in Michigan

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221
Wayne State University
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
Grand Valley State University
301 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309

Michigan Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Programs (MI)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-graduate level practice nursing degree. A DNP focuses on the clinical aspects of nursing as opposed to working on medical research or teaching.

Due to the fact that most Michigan DNP degree seekers are working professionals, there are a number of flexible educational options available including RN-DNP (BSN-DNP) bridge programs and specialized programs for certified advanced practice nurses.

Michigan DNP Degree Prerequisites

In Michigan, nurses seeking DNP certification must already hold both BSN and MSN degrees. Being the final and most advanced degree offered to professionals in the nursing field, there are strict educational criteria. Since the DNP is a relatively new status in the profession, there has not been much national standardization of academic criteria. Therefore, it is essential for you to check with your Michigan educational institution of choice to find out what specific prerequisites they require for program admission. You can also check with the ­Michigan Board of Nursing to find out more about how Michigan recognizes DNPs.

Although every school has differing entrance requirements, here is an example of one Michigan schools current DNP program prerequisites.

Online DNP Programs for Michigan Nurses

Online education is also known as distance learning. As this level of certification becomes increasingly popular in Michigan, more and more Michigan higher learning institutions are offering their DNP programs online. This will make it far more convenient for current RNs to take the next step without having to sacrifice time on the clock or professional responsibilities.

Benefits of DNP Certification

There are benefits in Michigan to holding this advanced degree. Having a strong focus on advanced practice, leadership, and actual application of clinical research, DNPs are often depended on to fill the gap between doctors and nurses.

Also, Michigan nurses holding this certification are quickly becoming favored for parity with other health professionals when and where a doctorate status is required. This includes being called upon for involvement in advanced diagnosis, legal consultation, and highly specialized clinical research. With their focus on actual clinical application, DNP nurses are typically viewed as the most experienced.

As a nurse, earning a DNP degree will also foster enhanced leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver superior healthcare service to patients, which will in turn advance you professionally.

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