Doctor of Nursing Practice

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 delivered with a focus on 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 Primary Nurse Practitioner or Adult/Older Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner) and Health Systems Leadership.

Flexible. Most classes are offered in a variety of delivery formats to accommodate working professionals.

Versatile. Prepares nurses for advanced practice nursing roles including primary care nurse practitioner and health systems leadership. 

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 in downtown Grand Rapids.


DNP program admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

Courses Offered

DNP degree requires approximately 90 credit hours and 1000 clinic hours for students entering with a BSN. A customized plan is offered for students enrolling with an MSN.

To receive a course program plan, please contact Dr. Linda Buck at


Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost.

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