2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Nursing Practice

Degree Type: Doctor of Nursing Practice
College(s): College of Health Professions

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. 

Career Opportunities

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.  

Admission Requirements

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 graduate GPA must be 3.2 or higher on a scale of 4.0.  A completed application, curriculum vitae or resume, official MSN transcripts, an APA formatted writing sample, three letters of reference and the completion of a successful phone interview is required. A successful (passing grade) completion of a graduate level statistics course within the last five years 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 Requirements

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.

More Information

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Ferris State University is a new applicant pursing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted

For further information please contact:

Wendy Lenon, DNP, MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

DNP Program Coordinator

School of Nursing

Ferris State University

VFS 309

Phone: (231) 591-3185

Fax: (231) 591-2325

 

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Doctor of Nursing Major - 36-42 Credits

Fall Intensive I
1
Evidence-Based Practice I
3
Evidence-Based Practive II
3
Theoretical Foundations
3
Emergent Theories of Health
3
Summer Intensive II
1
NURS 820
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Healthcare and Social Policy
2
NURS 825
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NURS 850
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NURS 870
Array
Healthcare Systems Leadership
3
NURS 891
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NURS 892
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NURS 893
Array
NURS 899
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Specialty Concentrations (9 Credits Each)

* Total residency hours will be individually determined and some students may need to take 1, 2, or 3 residency courses or 3-9 credits. Post BSN supervised clinical hours must be equivalent to 1000 hours for the DNP. 
**DNP Capstone will be available to take Spring, Summer, Fall semesters. Progression following 2 year will be individually determined.