The School of Nursing provides a program of graduate study that leads to a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) with specialization as a family nurse practitioner (FNP). FNPs function as primary health-care providers for individuals of all ages and their families. They practice in a variety of rural and urban ambulatory settings, such as physician offices, hospital outpatient clinics, health maintenance organizations, community health clinics and specialty clinics. Graduates are eligible for state and national certification. The graduate nursing program meets nationally mandated standards and received full accreditation (10 years) from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2003, meeting nationally mandated standards.
The DNP program consists of two tracks; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP. The BSN to DNP track consists of 77 credits of coursework and the MSN to DNP consists of 50 credits of coursework. Both tracks include 1000 supervised clinical hours. On-campus courses are scheduled one day per week. Clinical practicum hours may be completed in the student’s community with an approved preceptor. Students must pass a comprehensive examination during the final semester of the program.
Applicants are required to comply with the regular admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education and Research. Additional requirements include:
- Bachelor of science in nursing or master of science in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing program
- A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- BSN to DNP applicants: Current unrestricted RN license in the United States
- MSN to DNP applicants: Current unrestricted license as an advance practice nurse
- Three references from professional colleagues
- A one-page typed narrative of the applicant’s professional experience and future educational and professional goals
- Current curriculum vitae/resume
- Criminal background clearance
AIS 535 – Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Graduate Research (or prior to fall 2015 - AIS 435 Research using Digital Information Sources)
* Students who are admitted to the DNP program will be required to take AIS 535 within 5 years prior to the start of DNP coursework.
Other Desirable Qualifications:
1. Completion of a statistics course (recommended but not required).
2. Completion of a health assessment course in undergraduate program with a B or better.
3. Completion of courses in anatomy and physiology in the undergraduate program with a B or better.
Applicants must complete both an NMU application and a DNP application for admission by April 15th. The completed NMU application is submitted to the Office of Graduate Education and Research, 401 Cohodas Hall, along with a $50 application fee. The DNP application is submitted to the Department of Nursing, 2301 New Science Facility. Applications received after April 15th will be considered on a space-available basis. Admission to the DNP program will be offered every four years.
**NOTE: The next cohort will start in fall 2018.
Students are required to participate in NMU’s laptop program and must have access to a high-speed Internet connection. Student should be proficient in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, e-mail and accessing the Internet.
Students must provide the Department of Nursing current evidence of the following prior to their clinical rotations:
- An unrestricted RN license
- TB skin test (yearly), MMR, hepatitis B, and tetanus (booster every 10 years
- CPR certification
- Nurse practitioner student malpractice insurance (approximately $250 per year)
- Criminal background check
- Urine drug screen