Doctor of Nursing Practice Overview

Grand Valley State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) is offered through the university’s Kirkhof College of Nursing and is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. It is the only program of its type in West Michigan.

About the D.N.P. Degree

The DNP degree requires approximately 90 credit hours and 1,000 additional clinical hours for students entering with a BSN.   For students enrolling with an MSN, a customized course plan will be created based upon DNP program emphasis and previous graduate course work.

  • Progressive curriculum. The D.N.P. curriculum is consistent with the national agenda to transform American health care through interprofessional collaboration, health care policy advocacy, patient-centered care, quality/safety initiatives, and use of informatics. The program offers two emphasis areas: Advanced Nursing Practice (Child/Adolescent or Adult/Older Adult) and Nursing Administration and Health Care Systems.
  • Flexible. Available to full- or part-time students. Many classes are offered in a variety of delivery formats to accommodate working professionals.
  • Versatile. Prepares nurses for advanced practice nursing roles including clinical practice and nursing administration.
  • Practical. Graduates will have an exceptional blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills and be prepared to contribute to health care reform.
  • Convenient. Courses are offered primarily at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in downtown Grand Rapids.

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D.N.P. program requirements and the application for admission are available online. The $30 application fee is waived for alumni of Grand Valley. All application and supplemental materials must be received by February 1 of the calendar year in which the student desires entry. Admission Process


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Page last modified March 12, 2013