2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Nursing Practice

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

Program Requirements

Nursing Practice, DNP Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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 2 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.  

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:

Stephanie Gustman, DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Professor
DNP Program Coordinator
School of Nursing
Ferris State University
VFS 305
Phone: (231) 591-2258
Fax: (231) 591-2325


Required Courses
Credit Hours

Doctor of Nursing Major - 36-42 Credits

Fall Intensive I
Evidence-Based Practice I
Evidence-Based Practive II
Theoretical Foundations
Emergent Theories of Health
Summer Intensive II
NURS 820
Healthcare and Social Policy
NURS 825
NURS 850
NURS 870
Healthcare Systems Leadership
NURS 891
NURS 892
NURS 893
NURS 899

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.