LAKERS TOGETHER: Grand Valley is preparing for successful learning experiences when classes resume on Aug. 31. Learn more about the plan for fall in this handbook.
For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Kirkhof College of Nursing section in this catalog.
The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a program of graduate study leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree. The D.N.P. program prepares nurse leaders who will contribute to the nursing profession and improve the health of society with an emphasis on either advanced clinical primary care or health systems leadership. The changing demands of this nation's complex health care environment require the highest level of scientific knowledge and practical expertise to assure high quality patient outcomes.
The KCON DNP graduate will be prepared to:
The D.N.P. program is designed for both postbaccalaureate in nursing (B.S.N.) and post-master's degree entry. If a post B.S.N. applicant, the B.S.N. program must have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). Applicants who have not yet graduated with a B.S.N. must anticipate that they will do so before enrolling.
Full admission is contingent on successful completion of the following:
A new class will begin the D.N.P. program each fall semester. The application and supplemental materials must be received by February 1 of the calendar year in which the student desires entry.
Advanced Practice Certification
Post B.S.N. students pursuing an advanced practice primary care emphasis must complete the didactic and clinical courses in a selected population (child/adolescent or adult/older adult) which will qualify them to sit for national primary care specialty certification (pediatrics, adult health, gerontology). Post M.S.N. students who do not hold a current national primary care advanced practice certification in a clinical specialty must complete the didactic and clinical courses that will qualify them to sit for national primary care specialty certification in a selected population (pediatrics, adult health, gerontology).
Nurse Executive Certification
Students completing the health systems leadership track will be eligible for and encouraged to sit for national certification as a nurse executive.