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