Program pathways

Applicants can enter the DNP program as a post-BSN student or as a student who has attained an MSN, either with or without a clinical specialty. Post-BSN students will complete training in a clinical specialty as part of their DNP degree, which will qualify them to sit for clinical specialty certification. Post-MSN students who do not currently have a clinical specialty will take classes as part of the DNP, which will qualify them to sit for clinical specialty certification.

  • BSN to DNP
  • MSN to DNP (APRN certified) 
  • MSN to DNP (need certification)

DNP program pathways
Required courses comparison chart

BSN to DNP MSN APRN (certified) MSN (need certification)

Leads to DNP degree and clinical certification
Focus: Clinical specialty certification, clinical inquiry, leadership development and translation of research into practice (Michigan RN license required)

PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITS: 78*

Leads to DNP degree
Focus: Clinical inquiry, leadership development and translation of research into practice (Michigan RN license  required, specialty certification required)

PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITS: 43

Leads to DNP degree and clinical certification
Focus: Clinical specialty certification, clinical inquiry, leadership development and translation of research into practice (Michigan RN license required)

PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITS: 78

*plus Graduate Statistics prerequisite course (NUR 7000 3 cr)

THEORY

NUR 8620 Foundations of Nursing as a Discipline 3 cr.
NUR 8625 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Theoretical and Methodological Issues 3 cr.

Total Credits 6 cr.

THEORY

NUR 8620 Foundations of Nursing as a Discipline 3 cr.
NUR 8625 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Theoretical and Methodological Issues 3 cr.

Total Credits 6 cr.

THEORY

NUR 8620 Foundations of Nursing as a Discipline 3 cr.
NUR 8625 Evidence-based Nursing Practice: Theoretical and Methodological Issues 3 cr.

Total Credits 6 cr.

DOMAIN OF KNOWLEDGE

NUR 8210 Determinants of Health 3 cr.
NUR 8650 Advanced Professional leadership 3 cr.
NUR 8615 Informatics in Nursing 3 cr.
NUR 8630 Conceptual Methodologies in Health Policy Leadership and Ethics 3 cr.
NUR 8635 Benchmarking/Clinical Practice Evaluation 3 cr.

NUR 8065 Health Economics/ Policy Evaluation/Vulnerable Populations 3 cr

Total 18 cr.

DOMAIN OF KNOWLEDGE

NUR 8210 Determinants of Health 3 cr.
NUR 8650 Advanced Professional leadership 3 cr.
NUR 8615 Informatics in Nursing 3 cr.
NUR 8630 Conceptual Methodologies in Health Policy Leadership and Ethics 3 cr.
NUR 8635  Benchmarking/Clinical Practice Evaluation 3 cr.

 NUR 8065 Health Economics/ Policy Evaluation/Vulnerable Populations 3 cr

Total 18 cr.

DOMAIN OF KNOWLEDGE

NUR 8210 Determinants of Health 3 cr.
NUR 8650 Advanced Professional leadership 3 cr.
NUR 8615 Informatics in Nursing 3 cr.
NUR 8630 Conceptual Methodologies in Health Policy Leadership and Ethics 3 cr.
NUR 8635 Benchmarking/Clinical Practice Evaluation. 3 cr.

NUR 8065 Health Economics/ Policy Evaluation/Vulnerable Populations 3 cr

Total 18 cr.

RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

NUR 7000 3 cr. (prerequisite)
NUR 8604 Health Analytics and Data Management 4 cr.
NUR 8895 Population Health in Nursing 3 cr.

Total 7 cr.

RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

NUR 8604 Health Analytics and Data Management 4 cr.
NUR 8895 Population Health in Nursing 3 cr.

Total 7 cr.

RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

NUR 8604 Health Analytics and Data Management 4 cr.
NUR 8895 Population Health in Nursing  3 cr.

Total 7 cr.

DNP Project Practicum Courses

NUR 9500 DNP Project Practicum I 2 cr.
NUR 9505 DNP Project Practicum II 2 cr.
NUR 9510 DNP Project Practicum III 2 cr.

NUR 9520 DNP Project 6 cr.

Total 12 cr.

DNP Project Practicum Courses

NUR 9500 DNP Project Practicum I 2 cr.
NUR 9505 DNP Project Practicum II 2 cr.
NUR 9510 DNP Project Practicum III 2 cr.

NUR 9520 DNP Project 6 cr.

Total 12 cr.

DNP Project Practicum Courses

NUR 9500 DNP Project Practicum I 2 cr.
NUR 9505 DNP Project Practicum II 2 cr.
NUR 9510 DNP Project Practicum III 2 cr.

NUR 9520 DNP Project 6 cr.

Total 12 cr.

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING

NUR 7444 Advanced Phys/Patho across Lifespan 4 cr.

NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice or NUR 7200 Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology  or NUR 7207 Advanced Pediatric  Pharmacology 3 cr.

NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4 cr.

NUR 8670 Foundations of APN Specialty I and NUR 8675 Foundations of APN Specialty Clinical I (total 8 cr.)

NUR 8680 Intermediate APN Specialty II and NUR 8685 Intermediate APN Specialty Clinical II (total 8 cr.)

NUR 8690 Advanced APN Specialty III and NUR 8695 Advanced APN Specialty Clinical III (total 8 cr.)

Total: 35 cr.**

 

**The Psychiatric Mental Health NP Specialty requires NUR 7605 Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 5 cr.

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING

None required for this option since already certified.

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING

NUR 7444 Advanced Phys/Patho across Lifespan 4 cr.

NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice or NUR 7200 Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology  or NUR 7207 Advanced Pediatric  Pharmacology 3 cr.

NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4 cr.

NUR 8670 Foundations of APN Specialty I and NUR 8675 Foundations of APN Specialty Clinical I (total 8 cr.)

NUR 8680 Intermediate APN Specialty II and NUR 8685 Intermediate APN Specialty Clinical II (total 8 cr.)

NUR 8690 Advanced APN Specialty III and NUR 8695 Advanced APN Specialty Clinical III (total 8 cr.)

Total: 35 cr. **

**The Psychiatric Mental Health NP Specialty requires NUR 7605 Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 5 cr.

Doctoral Residence Requirement (One year of residence = six graduate credits in course work, not DNP Project over two successive semesters. S/S optional.)

Preliminary Examination* (Plan of Work approved and approximately 30 credits on plan). (Preliminary Examination passed and DNP project committee approval.)

The DNP program must include 30 credits, excluding DNP project, in courses open only to graduate students (7000 level or above).