Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Deepen your expertise and expand your career.

Next Start
Fall 2023
Executive Format
Online courses with on-campus learning 1-2 times per semester
Designed for
Working Nurses
Academic Support
Individualized guidance and program plans
Clinical Placement
Coordinated for you by our dedicated, full-time placement coordinator

We care about you.

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a physical and emotional toll on nurses everywhere. We see you and are so grateful for your service.

In the midst of this significant personal and professional challenge, we understand that graduate school may feel daunting. We care for our students and have designed our Doctor of Nursing Practice program to meet the unique needs of working students in this new healthcare reality. Let us help craft a program and schedule that meets your needs and enables you to make your professional goals a reality.

Before you begin your application, contact the Office of Student Services for your personalized program plan and to discuss how we can support you through your academic journey.

Graduate student in a clinical setting

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice. It is the only program of its type in West Michigan.

The DNP curriculum is designed to fit the busy schedule of today's working nurses. Courses are delivered in an executive-style format meaning we offer online classes with required experiential on-campus experiences 1-2 times per semester. You will have access to a dedicated full-time placement coordinator who manages all of your clinical placements and academic advisors who create tailored program plans for each student. Choose from full-time and part-time schedules to integrate graduate school into your busy life.

DNP coursework is designed around the national agenda to transform American health care through interprofessional collaboration, health care policy advocacy, patient-centered care, quality/safety initiatives, and the use of informatics. We offer multiple emphasis areas:

Meet Some of Your Faculty

Our faculty are experts in their fields and have direct experience as a working nurse. They meet students where they are, helping to make connections between coursework and their jobs.

Dr. Heather Chappell

Dr. Heather Chappell
Assistant Professor

Della Hughes Carter

Dr. Della Hughes Carter
Assistant Professor

Dr. Anne McKay

Dr. Anne McKay
Assistant Professor

Dr. Christina Quick

Dr. Christina Quick
Assistant Professor

Dr. Nicole Harpold

Dr. Nicole Harpold
Assistant Professor

Dr. Donna Rinker

Dr. Donna Rinker
Affiliate Faculty

Marie VanderKooi

Dr. Marie VanderKooi
Associate Professor

Amy Manderscheid

Dr. Amy Manderscheid
Associate Professor

Join the Fall 2023 Cohort

Applications are open for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Application deadline:  Extended until all program seats are filled
Do you have questions about the program or the application process? Contact Julia Treme, Graduate Student Advisor at

Contact Us
Let's talk about your academic goals today!

Contact the Office of Student Services to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor: 
[email protected]
(616) 331-7160

Related Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Financial Aid

GVSU is a great place for students to invest in their futures. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships can help you maximize your investment by working with you to determine how to most effectively meet your unique needs. 

The Kirkhof College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate programs prepare registered nurses to take the national certification exam in their area of specialty (clinical nurse leader, primary care adult/gerontology nurse practitioner, primary care pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, or nurse executive). Graduates seeking to practice in a state other than Michigan must meet the requirements of that state. For more information regarding state licensure/certification requirements, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website at

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