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Nursing, D.N.P.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is offered through the 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.

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Program Overview

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. The curriculum is designed to fit into the busy schedule of today's working nurses. We offer multiple nurse practitioner emphasis areas:

  • Child/adolescent acute care
  • Dual child/adolescent primary care/acute care
  • Family nurse
  • Child/adolescent primary
  • Adult/older adult primary care
  • Psychiatric mental health

And a Post-MSN to DNP with specialization emphasis in:

  • Informatics
  • Clinical nurse leader
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Leadership

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • KCON's nursing programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are highly respected by employers across the region.
  • Established partnership with over 1,700 healthcare organizations.
  • Classes are offered in a hybrid format and you can enroll full- or part-time.
  • Access to a dedicated full-time placement coordinator who will manage all clinical placements and academic advisors who will create tailored program plans.
  • Graduate assistantships, scholarships, financial aid, and Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) available to those who qualify.
  • Highly qualified faculty are invested in student success and relevant coursework.

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Location & Format

Classes for the program are a combination of online and in-seat on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.



The curriculum is consistent with the national agenda to transform American health care. Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Applied statistics
  • Informatics, innovation, and technologies
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health care system, policy, and politics
  • Health issues in vulnerable populations
  • Quality management in healthcare

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with deadline for fall cohort May 1. Applications received after that date accepted based on space available. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

The DNP program is designed for nurses that hold either a B.S.N. or M.S.N. All applicants must have earned their degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). Applicants who have not completed a BSN must do so before enrolling. Those who have completed their degree must submit an official transcript from your baccalaureate degree granting institution. One year of full-time nursing experience in an acute care setting is required for the applicants in the child/adolescent acute care nurse practitioner emphasis.

Complete admissions criteria can be found in the catalog

For More Information

DNP Program
333 Michigan St NE, Ste. 410
(616) 331-7160

Kirkhof College of Nursing Office of Student Services

(616) 331-7160
[email protected]

Program Director

Marie Vanderkooi, DNP
(616) 331-5903


“The DNP program has taught me more about myself and my nursing practice than I ever imagined. I had the full support of professors who challenged me to think in new ways.”