The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) at Grand Valley

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.

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 Health Systems Leadership.

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • Flexible. Many nursing classes are offered in a hybrid format 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 (CHS) in downtown Grand Rapids.

Courses Offered

D.N.P. degree requires approximately 90 credit hours and 1000 clinic hours for students entering with a B.S.N. A customized plan is offered for students enrolling with an M.S.N. 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

Click here to see the full course list.


D.N.P. program application deadline is February 1. The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

View the Admissions Requirements for the D.N.P.


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll. 

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