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Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a Master of Science in Nursing degree (40 s.h. minimum) from a program accredited by a nursing professional accreditation agency, i.e., CCNE or NLNAC, with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two completed recommendation letters from professional associates (preferably, one of whom must be a nurse with an advanced degree) who can assess applicant’s potential for professional doctoral study.
  • Admission essay: In essay format, respond to the following questions; each question should be answered in one word-processed or typewritten page or less.
  1. Discuss your professional goals, short and long-term, and how the DNP degree will facilitate their accomplishment.
  2. Describe a clinical problem and how you facilitated changes to assure best practices.
  • Résumé or curriculum vita that includes employment history, military service, community service, professional awards, honors, fellowships, memberships, and publications and presentations.
  • Current unencumbered Michigan RN license (or eligibility for same) and Board of Nursing Specialty Certification if applicable (NP, CNM, or CRNA). Submit photocopy with application.
  • Interview with the DNP Admission Committee.
  • Criminal background clearance.



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