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The BSN-DNP program track is designed for individuals with a BSN who want to become a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and continue on to complete their degree with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Students are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at the end of three years and have the option to take the FNP certification exam and begin practicing as a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner. As a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner this degree will prepare you to practice within the complex health care systems environment.

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

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 will need to provide additional documents for admission including but not limited to an academic report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (, proof of language proficiency, passport and evidence of financial support. 


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)


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
  • Oncology Nurse Practitioner: $109,049 median salary, According to
  • Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner: $123,527 Average salary, According to

Michigan Resident 

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


Non-Michigan Resident

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


Mandatory Fees

General Service Fee (b)                                            $10.75/

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

Technology Fee                                                          $3.85/

 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




Graduate Admissions
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Financial Aid
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