Wayne State University



  • What is the difference between the D.N.P. and Ph.D.?

    The Ph.D. prepares nurse scientists to conduct original research. The D.N.P. focuses on taking research and knowledge and moving it into the clinical setting to solve practice problems. In the D.N.P. program, you will learn to identify, evaluate, translate, integrate and apply evidence gained through nursing (and other disciplinary) research to actual clinical practice.

  • What would a D.N.P. degree allow me to do within a career?

    Our program includes training for leadership roles in specialized areas of advanced practice. The D.N.P. is prepared as an expert clinician who can practice. D.N.P. graduates have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in leading change in today’s increasingly complex healthcare settings and practice situations.

  • How long will it take for me to graduate?

    For students with a masters’ degree who are certified in a clinical specialty and attend full-time, the average length of the program of study is approximately 2-2½ years. Students who hold a masters’ degree without a clinical specialty and attend full-time, will take approximately 3½-4 years. Students who are post-baccalaureate (B.S.N. to D.N.P.) and attend full-time will take approximately 4-4½  years.

  • What is the tuition?

    You may visit the WSU Office of the Registrar web site for the most up-to-date WSU tuition and fee information and guidelines for eligibility for the Ohio/Ontario Good Neighbor Policy.

    Fees charged by the Registrar do not include books, housing (such as WSU residential housing), meals, transportation, supplies, or other living expenses. 

  • What is the availability of financial aid?

    Financial aid varies from year to year, however there is usually some kind aid available. To be considered for financial aid, all students must submit the online Free Application for Student assistance form (FAFSA) each year. Full-time students may take advantage of federally subsidized loans such as the nurse faculty loan programCONscholarshipsGraduate School fellowships and scholarships, and research and teaching assistantships. In addition, a number of national health-related organizations may be sources of financial support.

  • Would I make a good candidate for admission?

    A good candidate must hold a GPA of 3.0 or better, have strong writing skills, and ability to clearly and succinctly state reasons for wanting a D.N.P.

  • What are the requirements for admission?

    Submission of a completed application to WSU Graduate School and the College of Nursing; provision of official transcripts from all College institutions attended; two professional references; a CV or resume; RN license (Michigan license within two semesters of admission), complete an interview; and complete an on-site writing sample.

  • Would I have someone to help assist and guide me in the program

    You will be assigned an academic advisor when you are admitted to the program. This faculty member assists you with your plan of work, gives advice on courses and potential faculty that can mentor you in the D.N.P. project. The advisor provides individual guidance to assist a student in reaching his or her educational goals.

  • Can I sit for specialty certification if I get a D.N.P.?

    There are two pathways that allow students to sit for certification in a specialty area. Path one: B.S.N. to D.N.P., which includes all course work that allows for eligibility to sit for certification. Path three: M.S./M.S.N. to Certification and D.N.P. This third path is for non-clinically focused master's prepared nurses who would like to obtain specialty certification and a clinical doctorate (D.N.P.).