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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The post-B.S.N. D.N.P. curriculum for advanced practice consists of 77 credits completed over eight semesters. The post B.S.N. D.N.P. curriculum for health systems leadership consists of 75 credits completed over eight semesters. Because program plans are individualized for post-B.S.N. and M.S.N. students, the number of credits and semesters needed to complete the D.N.P. program will vary depending on previous coursework and program emphasis. D.N.P. students must complete all coursework with a grade of B (3.0) or above.

All students must complete 1,035 clinical hours to ensure compliance with the minimum standards as required by the American Association for Colleges of Nursing and the licensing division of the State of Michigan. The current distribution of clinical hours are indicated after each applicable course in the course listing.

The D.N.P. courses will be offered primarily in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. State-of-the-art facilities support the use of technology to enhance student learning. The majority of the courses are offered hybrid using web-enhanced learning formats with the remaining courses being delivered in a traditional.


Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Track: Core Courses

APN Track: Child/Adolescent Specialty

Students also complete the D.N.P. and advanced practice core courses.

APN Track: Adult/Older Adult Specialty

Students also complete the D.N.P. and advanced practice core courses.

Health Systems Leadership

Students also complete the D.N.P. core courses.

Health system leadership students will also take a nine credit public administration cognate, where they will choose three courses from the following:

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