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.

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HIGHEST 10% MADE $180,460
HIGHEST 10% MADE $180,460

The median annual wage for nurses with a masters degree was $110,930 in May 2017. The highest 10 percent earned more than $180,460. The annual mean wage of nurse practitioners in Michigan is $99,930 - $103,470. Once you hold a D.N.P degree, you can become employed across the full spectrum of healthcare organizations, from community health centers to hospitals and from private clinics to universities. The overall employment of nurses is projected to grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. GVSU D.N.P. graduates hold the following titles:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Nurse educator

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.

Course Offerings

D.N.P. degree requires approximately 75-77 credit hours and 1035 clinic and immersion 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

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Course Offerings


The preferred application deadline is February 1. Applications received thereafter accepted based upon space available. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley.

Admission Requirements


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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