School of Nursing
Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4253
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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing overview
The School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses for advanced nursing practice, leadership in the nursing profession and future doctoral study. The tracks that are offered:
  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's APRN Certificate available)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's APRN Certificate available)
  • Nurse Anesthesia (Post-Master's APRN Certificate available)
  • Forensic Nursing (Graduate Certificate available)
Building on the foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will prepare graduates as transformational leaders with advanced nursing knowledge and practice expertise for optimizing health outcomes. (Essential IX)

The MSN program prepares graduates to:
  1. Integrate theories and scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, and organizational sciences using translational processes to improve evidence-based nursing practice across diverse settings. (Essentials I & IV, VIII, IX)
  2. Apply concepts from organizational leadership, systems leadership, and information technology in the promotion of quality improvement and safety. (Essentials II, III, V, IX)
  3. Demonstrate requisite knowledge of legal and regulatory processes, health policy, ethics, and advocacy to improve health outcomes of diverse populations at the organizational, local, state, and federal level. (Essentials IV, VI, VIII, IX)
  4. Employ intra/interprofessional collaborative strategies in the design and delivery of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve health outcomes in individuals, families, communities, and populations. (Essentials IV, VII, VIII, IX)
  5. Integrate professional standards and guidelines in the provision of nursing practice in a specialty area. (Essentials IX)
Preceptors: Please watch this video on Precepting the Primary Care NP Student.
Doctor of Nursing Practice overview

Building on the foundation of the master's program, the DNP program will prepare the student for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree requires Registered Nurses who graduated with a clinical focus in their master's programs to complete a minimum of 38 credits, depending on prior course/clinical work taken at the master's level.

All DNP students satisfy a minimum of 1,000 supervised clock hours of practice experiences to demonstrate attainment of the doctoral level competencies. Students may receive credit for up to 640 clock hours from their master's educational program; each applicant's supervised clock hours of practicum experiences from their master's programs are validated as part of the admissions process.

DNP applicants without a clinical focus in their master's program must complete the necessary coursework to obtain a post-master's certificate in the clinical area and pass their respective certification exam, in addition to completing the 38 credits of DNP coursework.

Program highlights:
  • Curriculum emphasizes advocacy, clinical leadership, population health, patient technologies and more
  • Graduates become a leader in clinical healthcare
  • Flexible Plan of Study: Full-time working nurses can complete the program by following a full-time or part-time plan of study
  • The health care policy experience includes a trip to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. or Lansing, MI and other courses emphasize leadership, clinical prevention and translational research
  • Curriculum includes an elective to support the student's area of interest.