Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Nursing (MSN to DNP)

School of Nursing (SON) information  


The University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Nursing offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, which provides the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in multiple health care settings. The program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format.

The development of the Doctor of Nursing Practice is based on strong national and state trends in the health care environment to provide expert nursing care 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.

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 provide care 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 doctorally-prepared nurses 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.

Two pathways are available:

  • Advanced Practice focus, for those with NP, CNS, CRNA, and CNM certification
  • Nurse Executive concentration

The program is also offered as a Nursing Practice/Business Administration (Dual DNP/MBA)  dual degree program.

Admission Information

The Graduate Programs Office serves as the primary source of information for all prospective graduate students, providing detailed guidance and resources to facilitate the application process.  Up-to-date and comprehensive details regarding admissions procedures, requirements and deadlines can be found on the program page on the Graduate Programs website.

Transfer of Credit

Up to six (6) credits of graduate coursework completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer or waiver. Transfers and waivers of credit are subject to the approval of the Graduate Academic Standards Committee and are made in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Faculty Committee.

Time Limit for Degree Completion

All requirements must be completed within seven calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Nursing (SON)  and Graduate Study  sections of this Catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.


A total of 30-34 credits is required, dependent on student background and course waivers. 

A grade of B (3. 0) or better is required in each course.