Official Program Checksheet
Why Choose the Doctor of Nursing Practice?
The DNP program is designed to equip masters-prepared advance practice and specialty nurses with the skills and knowledge to practice in various nursing leadership roles. The DNP degree is comprised of 36-42 credits over 6-8 semesters. Along with 3 short, 3-day intensives or face-to-face courses, this cohort-based online program has been developed to promote learning communities. Course work includes evidence translation, systems leadership, nursing practice and health and disease theories, social and healthcare policy, and informatics. Along with the course work, there is a clinical component that consists of a practice-focused change project. Residencies are those class experiences dedicated to the completion and delivery of the practice project. The exact hours needed to complete the clinical or practice project component are determined by the student’s post BSN mentored or supervised clinical hours.
The DNP is designed for masters prepared nurses who desire to further their education and professional development with a terminal degree.
The DNP is a clinical degree offering a focus in specialty nursing or advanced practice leadership. Students will be prepared to actively engage in processes for improving healthcare outcomes.
The degree is a terminal professional degree and offers advanced leadership opportunities depending on the specialty or advanced practice area of the graduate student.
Advanced Practice Nursing, in the State of Michigan, includes nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse midwife and is designated with graduate level education, licensure and certification. Specialty nursing includes graduate level education in nursing education, nursing administration, and nursing informatics.
Advanced practice and specialty nursing requires leaders grounded in the theory and practice of translating evidence to create sustainable change in healthcare systems.
To be eligible for the DNP program, the applicant must be a licensed RN with an MSN degree from an accredited program. The applicant’s MSN GPA must be 3.2 or higher on a scale of 4.0. A completed application, curriculum vitae or resume, official MSN transcripts, a writing sample, three letters of reference and the completion of a successful phone interview is required. A graduate level statistics course is required and can be taken prior to acceptance or during the first semester of the program. University associated online graduate level statistic courses are acceptable.
Graduation requires a minimum 3.0 GPA in the DNP curriculum and 70% of the credits must be earned at FSU. Students must earn above a 2.0 or C in all course work. One course may be repeated one time if there is a grade less than 2.0. Portfolio, course work, residency and capstone courses must be completed prior to graduation and graduation must take place 5 years from the first enrollment in a graduate course.
The DNP curriculum is consistent with the AACN Essentials for Doctoral Education and accreditation will be applied for as soon as the program is eligible.
For further information please contact:
Kathryn Niemeyer PhD, MSc, MSN, FNP-BC, RN
DNP Program Coordinator
College of Health Professions-School of Nursing
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Dr.
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740
Doctor of Nursing Major - 36-42 Credits
Specialty Concentrations (9 Credits Each)
**DNP Capstone will be available to take Spring, Summer, Fall semesters. Progression following 2 year will be individually determined.