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Michigan DNP Programs

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

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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Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.
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Other MI Schools with DNP Programs

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