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Doctor of Nursing Practice

A practice-focused doctoral program.

A DNP degree graduate is prepared to improve health and care outcomes through organizational/systems leadership, quality improvement processes, and translation of evidence into practice, among other ways.

A DNP degree is a practice-focused program.  It is different from a research-focused doctorate that prepares Nurse Educators and Researchers. For the DNP degree, there is a practice application-oriented final DNP project required rather than a dissertation, measured according to its contribution to improving outcomes. SVSU's DNP program is designed for nurses who work full-time by limiting the number of in-person sessions to one or two Saturday seminars each fall and winter with the remaining coursework being done online.  Based on an individual’s progression the program can be completed in as little as three years, or it can be spread out longer if needed.

Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree has been designed for both the post-baccalaureate registered nurse and the post-masters registered nurse.  The admission requirements vary slightly between the two entry points.  Please click on the appropriate program below for complete admission details.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 point scale

Employed as a Registered Nurse with a current Michigan license by the start of the program.

A completed graduate application with the non-refundable application fee to include:

Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts

Detailed curriculum vitae or résumé with current job title and description, employment history, education, scholarship, service and professional involvement.

Three completed Graduate Recommendation Forms from a previous faculty member, supervisor and professional colleague.  One must be from a doctorally prepared academician. 

College chemistry with a grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher, 3 credit course, general, organic or biochemistry.

College statistics course with a grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher equivalent to approved SVSU courses.

An essay goal statement of 1000-1250 words with literature support and at least four scholarly references in APA format:

  • Provide your reason(s) for pursuing a DNP practice degree.
  • Identify your professional plans and career goals.
  • Include your area(s) of clinical interest for the doctoral project.
  • Explain why you chose to apply to the program at SVSU.
  • Explain your understanding of the DNP degree and the purpose of a practice doctorate.

You may wish to refer to “The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations, Report from the Task Force on the Implementation of the DNP," August 2015, American Association of the Colleges of Nursing.

Interview for successfully screened applicants.  It may be conducted by a video-call.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

Please complete the (276kB)‌ including the non-refundable Application Feeto include all items listed above, as well as provide:

  • An academic report by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org)
  • A score of 92 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT), 580 Paper-based TOEFL (PBT), or an IELTS score of 7.0 in each skill area
  • Evidence of financial support (original bank statement)
  • Copy of passport name page

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA in graduate course work of 3.3 on a 4 point scale

Please complete the Graduate Application for Admission including the non-refundable Application Fee and the following:‌

Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts

Current RN license in Michigan.

Detailed curriculum vitae or résumé with current job title and description, employment history, education, scholarship, service and professional involvement

Two (2) completed Graduate Recommendation Forms from a previous faculty member, employer and/or professional colleague.  One must be from a doctorally prepared academician and one from clinical practice. 

Masters level statistics/research course with a grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher equivalent to approved SVSU courses within the last 7 years or demonstration of proficiency

An essay goal statement of 1000-1250 words with literature support and at least four scholarly references in APA format:

  • Provide your reason(s) for pursuing a DNP practice degree.
  • Identify your professional plans and career goals.
  • Include your area(s) of clinical interest for the doctoral project.
  • Explain why you chose to apply to the program at SVSU.
  • Explain your understanding of the DNP degree and the purpose of a practice doctorate.

    You may wish to refer to “The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations, Report from the Task Force on the Implementation of the DNP," August 2015, American Association of the Colleges of Nursing.

Interview for successfully screened applicants.  It may be conducted by video-call.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

Please complete the International Graduate Application for Admission‌ including the non-refundable Application Fee, all items listed above, as well as the following:

  • An academic report by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org)
  • A score of 92 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL (IBT), 580 Paper-based TOEFL (PBT), or an IELTS score of 7.0 in each skill area
  • Evidence of financial support (original bank statement)
  • Copy of passport name page

BSN to DNP Program Curriculum


All students in the BSN to DNP program complete the following Core Courses, the project courses (79 credits required which includes a total of 1,020 clinical hours).

 

Core (70 cr, including 720 practice experience hours)


All students in the BSN to DNP program complete the following Core Courses, The Capstone Courses, and the project sequence (79 credits required which includes a total of 1,020 practice hours.)

NOTE on NURS 674: 2-4 (10 total) credits (10 cr total; 600 total practice experience hours with 2-4 credits [120-240 practice experience hours] taken concurrently with the Family Health Care I, II, and III sequences.

DNP Project (9 cr, including 300 practice hours)


MSN to DNP Program Curriculum


DNP Project (12 cr, including 360 practice experience hours)


SVSU's Doctorate of Nurse Practice offers working adults a flexible solution for earning a graduate degree in Nurse Practice from a highly ranked and nationally recognized program. With a DNP degree, you can land a job like.

  • Nurse Practitioners: 31% job growth and $113,930 median salaries, According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Nurse Anesthetist: $165,120 median salary, According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US dept. of Labor
  • Critical Care Nurse Practitioner: $117,292 median salary, According to Glassdoor.com
  • Oncology Nurse Practitioner: $109,049 median salary, According to ZipRecruiter.com
  • Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner: $123,527 Average salary, According to Indeed.com

Michigan Resident 

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses

$622.90/cr.hr.

Non-Michigan Resident

Graduate Courses (500-699 Level Courses)
HHS 500-799 Level Courses

$1,184.60/cr.hr.


Mandatory Fees

General Service Fee (b)                                            $10.75/cr.hr.

(b) Parking Fee $1.70/cr.hr.
  Student Association Fee $0.60/cr.hr.
  Program Board Fee $0.25/cr.hr.
  Publication Fee- Valley Vanguard $0.17/cr.hr.
  Facility Debt Service Fee $7.70/cr.hr.
  Health Services $0.33/cr.hr.

Technology Fee                                                          $3.85/cr.hr.

 Financial Aid and Scholarships

Frederick Douglas and Natalia Ruth Horak Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Qualified applicants will be residents of Bay, Midland or Saginaw counties pursuing degrees full-time in pre-medicine, nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, or sociology. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service and possess a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.

Award :$1,160 

 

Patricia A. Hansel Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Potential candidates for this award will currently be registered nurses pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. Full- or part-time students will have a minimum cumulative 3.0 G.P.A, have good character, demonstrate service to the community, and dedication and professionalism in the field of nursing. Preference will be given to registered nurses specializing in surgical nursing.

Award: $1,025

  

Ann L. Wintermyer Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship

To be eligible, full-time students must be admitted to the Nursing Program and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Candidates must also demonstrate financial need (FAFSA) and the ability or potential to contribute to the field of nursing.

Award: $1,200

 

Grace Goetz Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund

Successful applicants will have a minimum class standing of junior (62 credits or more), be full- or part-time nursing majors with scholastic and personal achievement, demonstrate good character and leadership. Preference will be to licensed practical nurses (LPN) or those students who have served in the role of a nursing assistant.

Award: $1,600

 

Trisha Muladore and Covenant Nursing Endowment

To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time, be admitted to the Nursing Program, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, financial need (FAFSA), and demonstrate the ability and potential to make a positive contribution to the field of Nursing. Recipients must also show a commitment to service in their community and/or the University community.

Award: $1,520

 

Apply to SVSU Private Scholarships through, Private Scholarship

 

 

Program Spotlights

DNP student in a simulation lab

Patrick Beasley

"My favorite aspect of the program is its flexibility. As someone who works three jobs, program flexibility is important to me. A DNP student can start the program any semester they choose, and they can take one, two, or even three classes a semester. All the courses are offered online, but unlike other online programs at different universities, if I need to talk to someone face-to-face, SVSU is just a short drive away. Additionally, SVSU is the lowest cost option for graduate school in the state."

Collen Markel, DNP student portrait

Collen Markel

"Although it is an online format, the faculty are very supportive and attentive."

Rob Beyerlein

"I like the online aspect so that I can still work full time while finishing the program. The seminar days each semester are great to meet with professors and classmates and help provide a feeling of belonging to the institution."

CONTACT US.


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230
gradadm@svsu.edu
989-964-6096

Cynthia M Hupert DNP, MSN, BSN
Health & Human Services 221
cmhupert@svsu.edu
989-964-4595

Financial Aid
Wickes Hall 170
finaid@svsu.edu
989-964-7000