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2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

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Department of Nursing

2180 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3420
Fax: 810-766-6851

Assistant Director for Graduate Program: Constance Creech
Senior Administrative Assistant: Marcia Campbell
Program Faculty: Professor Margaret Andrews; Associate Professor Marilyn McFarland; Assistant Professors  
  Constance Creech, Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, Marsha Lesley, Marilyn, Judy Haefner, Barbara Kupferschmid
  Filter; Clinical Assistant Professors Christina Aplin-Kalisz; Lecturers John Thornburg, Jenny La Chance, Dianne Burgermeister,
  Charles Johnston, D. Kay Taylor, Mary Keane, Mary Killeen, Daniel Streetman, Patricia Hanson; Clinical Instructors Diane Towers, ReeAnn Slagor, Gerri Hagadon, Diane Gutchak
Emerita Faculty Associate Professor Janet Barnfather

The University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Health Professions and Studies offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice  (DNP), which provides the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in primary health care. The program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format, and has been designed for the part-time distance learning student. Students come to campus 1-2 times per year for seminar, assessment and testing.

The development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice is based on strong national and state trends in the health care environment to provide entry-level nurse practitioner education at the doctoral level. The DNP degree allows students to focus on in-depth professional and clinical studies to meet the ever-increasing practice challenges of providing the highest quality health care in the 21st century.

As Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) the graduates: (1) make independent and collaborative health care decisions; (2) engage in clinical practice as expert clinicians who use theory and evidence-based practice to perform history and physical exams, interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests, treat common illnesses and injuries, prescribe medications (in accordance with state practice laws) and evaluate outcomes; (3) demonstrate leadership as consultants, educators, researchers; and administrators, and (4) participate in legislative and professional activities to promote professional advancement and health related social policies.

Career opportunities for APRNs are continually expanding and include positions in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health care agencies, schools, universities, industry, nursing homes, wellness centers, employee health programs, physicians’ office practices, community mental health agencies, public health agencies, acute care facilities and private practice.

Three concentrations are available in the DNP program:  Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. The Department of Nursing will make an effort to offer all three concentration areas each year. However, the Graduate Nursing program reserves the right to delay the offering of specialty clinical courses until minimum enrollment levels are met. Additionally, an online part-time Masters to DNP program is available for those applicants with prior advance practice registered nurse (APRN) certification as a Nurse Practitioner or Certified Nurse Midwife.

Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

The adult nurse practitioner is a provider of primary health care services. Within this role, the ANP synthesizes theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states. The population in adult primary care practice includes adolescents and young, middle, and older adults. The particular expertise of the adult primary care nurse practitioner emphasizes disease prevention, health promotion, and the management of patients with acute and chronic multi-system health problems. Delivering patient care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs and making health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures is an important role component. Most adult nurse practitioners practice in primary care settings, which include general and specialty practices. The ANP provides consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation. Upon entry into practice, the adult nurse practitioner demonstrates competence to be qualified in the categories of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, diverse management and diagnostics. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Adult Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Family nurse practitioners are primary health care providers. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), they provide nursing and medical services to individuals, families and groups, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention across the life span. The FNP synthesizes theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge in the management of acute and chronic diseases and the treatment and wellness promotion of minor injuries. Services include, but are not limited to, history and physical examinations, ordering of appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescription of pharmacologic agents and treatments, and nonpharmacologic therapies. Teaching and counseling individuals, families and groups are major parts of a nurse practitioner’s activities. Family nurse practitioners work autonomously, as well as in collaboration with a variety of individuals, to diagnose and manage clients’ health care problems as well as to provide anticipating guidance and developmental assessments for pediatric points. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

The adult psychiatric mental health practitioner’s role is unique and on the cutting edge of mental health care. In Michigan, changes in the Michigan Mental Health Code have paved the way for new opportunities for adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners. The code specifically defines new responsibilities for advanced practice nurses employed in community mental health service programs. Adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners synthesize theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge and are capable of medical, pharmacological and psychotherapeutic intervention in acute, crisis and chronic persistent situations, as well as being skilled in disease prevention and health maintenance planning. Credentialed to practice independently, they value and seek ongoing consultative relationships with the psychiatrist and other mental health team members. Full utilization of psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners has the potential of extending mental health services in a cost-effective manner. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination.


The Department of Nursing provides:

  • Quality student-centered undergraduate and graduate education for men and women in pursuit of excellence in nursing practice, leadership, and scholarship.
  • A focus on culturally competent care as the foundation for all theoretical and clinical learning experiences.
  • Interdisciplinary local, state, and global partnerships that promote health and prevent disease for people of all ages across the lifespan. 

The Department of Nursing participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://assessment.umflint.edu.

Graduate Program Values Statement

The graduate program faculty promote the mission and vision of the University of Michigan-Flint and Department of Nursing by supporting the further development of the knowledge and skills to find, critically appraise, and use the best evidence in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service within the context of understanding human and cultural diversity. The mission is carried out in part by faculty maintaining clinical expertise, academic excellence, and sensitivity to our partners in the diverse communities we serve.

The Graduate Program Mission Statement is consistent with the University of Michigan-Flint Mission Statement and the SHPS Mission Statement, and the Department of Nursing Mission Statement. The curriculum supports the further development of critical thinking, humanistic and scientific inquiry, and understanding human and cultural diversity. There is a focus on the health problems and issues in local, state, national, and international areas. The design of the program provides for asynchronous and synchronous online learning and individual attention to students through electronic, phone, and face-to-face communication and the use of local clinical preceptors. The graduate program strengthens university collaboration with many health care institutions and providers in local, regional, national, and international areas. It will also strengthen the current face-to-face BSN and online RN-BSN programs by providing an atmosphere of advanced practice nursing, clinical implementation research, and scholarly inquiry. Additionally, we strongly encourage our undergraduate students to participate, when possible, in clinical research projects in the graduate program as well as to apply for graduate study. We believe that the undergraduate programs will also be strengthened by the willingness of its faculty to utilize their expertise in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission applications must be completed by March 1Students are admitted for the Fall semester only. Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for admission:

1.     Bachelor of Science in Nursing* or Master of Science in Nursing (with certification) from an accredited
        college or university with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 3.5 for graduate work.
2.     Current RN license in the United States.
3.     College-level chemistry with grade of C (2.0) or better.
4.     College-level statistics with grade of C (2.0) or better.
5.     Completion of an application for Graduate Admission, to include:

  •        Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  •        Curriculum vitae or resume
  •        Copy of current RN license
  •        Copy of certification in the applicant’s advanced practice nursing specialty (for the applicant with a MSN) 
  •        Professional goal statement
  •        Three complete recommendation forms 

6.     International students must submit additional documentation, and an interview with a faculty member either by phone or in person to delineate clear clinical interests that are compatible
        with the mentoring capacity of the Department of Nursing faculty. 

*Admission is also possible for Registered Nurses with bachelor degrees in non-nursing fields. In addition to the requirements above, those RNs not holding a BSN must complete the following courses or their equivalents: ENG 112 ; NSC 168  or PHL 162  or HCR 304 ; NSC 209  (or credit by exam) or NSC 208  and NUR 205  (accepted as a transfer credit only) ; NUR 300 , NUR 308 , NUR 407 , NUR 410 .
Applicants from states other than Michigan are responsible for checking with the State Board of Nursing in the state they wish to become licensed, to ensure that the program meets any individual state licensing requirements as a nurse practitioner.

Program Accreditation

The curriculum for the University of Michigan-Flint Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program is grounded in criteria for advanced nursing practice developed by five major nursing organizations:

  •        National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)
  •        American Nurses Association (ANA)
  •        American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  •        American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  •        National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education

The prior UM-Flint Master of Science in Nursing was granted full 10-year accreditation in April 2006 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The organization may be contacted at CCNE; One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120; telephone (202) 887-6791; fax (202) 887-8476.

The DNP program will be eligible to apply for CCNE accreditation in the semester prior to graduation of its first DNP class in 2013.

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