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The MSN-DNP program track is available to any RN who has an MSN from an accredited university, regardless of the focus or major and will build on professional experiences that will be integrated into the learning process to practice within a multifaceted health care system 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

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 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. 


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
  • 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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Cynthia M Hupert DNP, MSN, BSN
Health & Human Services 221

Financial Aid
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