The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares nurses at an advanced level of nursing practice and evidence-based science, emphasizing the development of the student's capacity to impact the clinical setting as a leader and educator and to translate clinical research to improve and transform health care, with a focus on urban populations. Advanced practice nurses with practice doctorates address significant practice issues in a scholarly way; adopt broad system perspectives for health promotion and risk reduction; and act as agents of change who transform client/community care, participate in the ongoing evaluation of health care outcomes, and assist in the translation of research that leads to positive nursing practice changes.

Each program prepares its students to take the appropriate clinical specialty/APRN licensing exam for the State of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review the Board of Nursing's Licensure Professional Requirements by State.

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate nursing degree from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. A transcript/credential evaluation is required for all international transcripts. All transcripts must be from an accredited institution.

Step 1: Apply to Wayne State University

Applying to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the Wayne State University College of Nursing requires completion of the Wayne State University Application for Graduate Admission

Step 2: Provide supplemental materials 

Applicants to the DNP program must also provide the following supplemental materials.  

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions sent directly from the institution to Wayne State University. If an unofficial transcript is provided, an official transcript must be submitted during the first semester of the program. BSN to DNP students must complete the BSN at the latest by June of the year they are starting fall semester DNP courses. A transcript/credential evaluation is required for all international transcripts.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita that includes education, work and/or research experience, publications, certifications, licenses, grants, professional affiliations, awards, honors, presentations, and/or courses taught. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional. Applicants will complete an on-site writing sample during the interview process.
  • Statement of Goals completed within the online Graduate School application. Indicate potential mentors from the College of Nursing.
  • A graduate level Statistics course is a required prerequisite course for all admitted DNP students that must be taken prior to beginning the DNP program. NUR 7000 is offered at Wayne State during Spring/Summer semester. Please note that since this is a prerequisite course, graduate students are not eligible to receive financial aid to cover the cost of a prerequisite course.
  • Two references, one from a doctorally prepared individual, on forms provided.
  • Copy of current RN license. A Michigan RN license is required by the end of the second semester in the program.
  • If the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required, the minimum total score required is 101 (minimum 25 Listening, 25 Reading, 25 Writing and 26 Speaking). Or, students can submit IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, with a required minimum overall score greater than 7 (minimum of 8 in Speaking, minimum of 7 in Writing, and greater than 7 in Reading and Listening).
  • Complete an interview.
  • For information on cost of the program, please refer to the WSU tuition and fees schedule.

Each of the clinical specialties may have additional requirements, including specialty RN work experience prior to the start of the APRN clinical courses.

Step 3: Accept your offer and watch your email

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to WSU and the College of Nursing via email. Once accepting your offer, keep an eye on your Wayne State email for information about registration, start of classes and more.