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Program Overview

The Nurse Practitioner Program, consists of three concentrations. The Nurse Practitioner-Family, Nurse Practitioner-Adult Gerontology Primary Care and Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric Mental Health concentrations focus on the preparation of advanced practice registered nurses as nurse practitioners.

Nurse practitioners are in direct-care provider roles and use specialty skills and knowledge in providing care to clients of all ages and stages of development in primary care settings. The nurse practitioner curriculum prepares nurses to function interdependently with other healthcare providers to provide primary care. They assess the physical, socio-emotional, and developmental states of individual clients and their families. Along with analyze health behavior, apply clinical judgment, and intervene in a manner to improve the quality and effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Nurse practitioners provide health promotion therapeutics, as well as early recognition and prompt treatment and management of illness, prevention of complications, and needed rehabilitation. Client and family education, guidance, and advocacy are vital characteristics of the nurse practitioner's role. Graduates of the program will be eligible for certification as a nurse practitioner in their population focus area.

Program Outcomes

The 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

The Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare nurses who have the leadership skills and clinical expertise necessary to deliver primary and acute care and improve health outcomes in community settings. Graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)- Nurse Practitioner programs meet the requirements to sit for specialty certification examinations in their associated role.

Additionally, 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.



  • Psychiatric Mental Health track
  • 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 903 Healthcare Informatics 3 Credits
  • NUR 904 Health Policy and Advocacy 3 Credits
  • NUR 905Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Quality Management in Healthcare 3 Credits
  • NUR 906Leadership in Complex Health Systems 3 Credits
  • NUR 907Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 908Advanced Physical Assessment for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 909Advanced Pharmacology for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse3 Credits
  • NUR 912Health Promotion - Family3 Credits
  • NUR 913Health Promotion – Adult-Gerontology 3 Credits
  • NUR 915Clinical Diagnosis & Management I - Family 6 Credits
  • NUR 916Clinical Diagnosis & Management II - Family6 Credits
  • NUR 917Clinical Diagnosis & Management III - Family6 Credits
  • NUR 918Clinical Diagnosis & Management IV - Family6 Credits
  • NUR 919Clinical Diagnosis & Management V - Family6 Credits
  • NUR 925Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Adult-Gerontology 6 Credits
  • NUR 926Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Adult-Gerontology 6 Credits
  • NUR 927Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Adult-Gerontology 6 Credits
  • NUR 928Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV - Adult-Gerontology 6 Credits
  • NUR 929Clinical Diagnosis and Management V - Adult-Gerontology 6 Credits
  • NUR 952Psychopharmacology and Neuropathological Basis of Mental Illness 3 Credits
  • NUR 953Clinical Diagnosis and Management I - Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis 6 Credits
  • NUR 954Clinical Diagnosis and Management II - Evidence Based Therapeutic Interventions 6 Credits
  • NUR 955Clinical Diagnosis and Management III - Special Populations and Group 6 Credits
  • NUR 956Clinical Diagnosis and Management IV - Complex and Collaborative Mental Health Care 6 Credits
  • NUR 957Clinical Diagnosis and Management V - Psychiatric Mental Health 6 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. Completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    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. Completed a three (3) credit undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better within the last five years.

  4. A license/certificate required

    Current unrestricted RN license without probationary status 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 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

    Submitted 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.

  8. 3 letters of recommendation

    Submitted three letters of recommendations. 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. Completed 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: 4030)
  2. The DNP Nurse Practitioner concentration enrolls for a fall semester start each year.
  3. 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

December 1, 2020

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $52,885
  • Total


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