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Program Overview

Nurses who have a masters degree in any of the focus areas that are offered by the MSUs College of Nursing may apply for a post-masters DNP. The Doctor of Nursing Practice, curriculum prepares advanced practice registered nurses to provide clinical, organizational and systems leadership at the highest level. The program develops practitioners who design, implement and evaluate high quality and cost-effective health care services for diverse populations including the disadvantaged and underserved. The graduate will champion healthcare policy and operational changes using evidence-based data and technology that enhances and guides nursing practice. The individual who has earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, actively collaborates across disciplines and organizations with providers and client groups to achieve sustainable healthcare outcomes.

Program Outcomes

The Post-Masters DNP focuses on developing skills in evaluating evidence, utilizing appropriate research in decision-making, and developing and implementing clinical innovations to advance practice and improve patient care.

Career Outlook

Those who earn a DNP have completed the highest level of training in nursing practice. The DNP provides extends a practitioners education with a focus on safe, effective, evidence-based, and patient-centered care.



  • EPI 840Clinical Epidemiology for Healthcare Practice3 Credits
  • NUR 997 Doctor of Nursing Practice Project III 3 Credits
  • NUR 902Scientific Foundations for the Advanced Practice Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 903Healthcare Informatics 3 Credits
  • NUR 904Health Policy and Advocacy 3 Credits
  • NUR 905Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Quality Management in Healthcare 3 Credits
  • NUR 906Leadership in Complex Health Systems3 Credits
  • NUR 995Doctor of Nursing Practice Project I 4 Credits
  • NUR 996Doctor of Nursing Practice Project II 3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A master's prepared registered nurses graduated from an accredited master's program in nursing or (2) those who hold a B.S.N. from an accredited nursing program and a master's degree that qualified them to sit for national certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Applicants must have a master’s degree and certification in one of the focus areas that are offered by the MSU’s College of Nursing.
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    Each applicant’s transcripts will be reviewed to determine the gap between Doctor of Nursing Practice program outcomes and their prior education. Students will have an option to complete an additional APRN specialty if requested, and be admitted to a concentration. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for total credits completed during the second-half of the four-year baccalaureate nursing program. One year of current full-time clinical experience or equivalent as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit is required for the Nurse Anesthesia concentration. Complete a 3 credit graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within the last five years.

  4. A license/certificate required

    Possess a current unrestricted license to practice nursing as a registered nurse in the applicant’s state or country. For those applicants practicing in Michigan, a current registered nurse Michigan license is required. Applicants who hold registered nurse licensure from other states or countries and who are in the Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia concentration may be admitted provisionally with the requirement that a United States and Michigan registered nurse license must be obtained prior to progression to clinical courses.

  5. Previous work experience

    Curriculum Vita

  6. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  7. A written personal statement

    Submit a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for graduate study in the selected area of specialty nursing practice: nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, or nurse anesthetist.

  8. 3 letters of recommendation

    Submit three letters of recommendation. The reference letters must be from a source that has direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work. Complete an admission interview with the College of Nursing faculty.

  9. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 4054) Recommendations for admission are made by the faculty committee to the Dean of the College based on the requirements for admission and the personal interview.
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Key Dates

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $25,687
  • Total


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