DNP Faculty

Doctor of Nursing Practice at NMU

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities. This includes direct care of individual patient's, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, and development and implementation of health policy. The program consists of two tracks, a post-baccalaureate and a post-master's. The patient population focus is families and individuals across the lifespan (Family Nurse Practitioner). Courses are delivered on a part-time basis, using a low-residency model, which includes online coursework with occasional on-campus visits. Clinical practicum hours may be completed in the student’s local community with an approved preceptor. 

The DNP curriculum is 72 credit hours for the post-baccalaureate track and 33 credit hours for the post master's track. The post-baccalaureate curriculum includes 1000 supervised clinical practice hours. The post-master's curriculum is individualized, based upon prior coursework. 

Program Curriculum

Admission Requirements

School of Nursing DNP Application Materials 

Application to the DNP Program - Post-Baccalaureate Track

Application to the DNP Program - Post-Master's Track

Recommendation Letter Form (Three Required) 

The next post-master's DNP cohort will begin in January 2024. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2023.


Year 1: Winter

NU 710 Research Utilization (3 credits)                     

NU 612 Statistics for Health Care Professionals (4 credits)            

Year 1: Summer

NU 818 Evidence-Based and Translational Methods (3 credits)     

NU 812 Interprofessional Leadership for Quality Improvement, Policy, and Health Care Transformation (4 credits)                                                              

Year 2: Fall

NU 726 Epidemiology (3 credits)

NU 815 Informatics for Health Care (3 credits)

Year 2: Winter

NU 746 Primary Care Management - 4 (3 credits)

NU 749 Clinical Practicum - 4 (4 credits)                                    

* NU 899 DNP Project (1-2 credits may be taken in any semester in the curriculum. Students must successfully complete 6-credits of NU 899 to be eligible for graduation)                                                                                                 

Total Credits: 33

Year 1: Fall

NU 801 Foundations of Nursing Theory (3 credits)               

NU 803 Leadership (3 credits)                                                      

Year 1: Winter

NU 805 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)                                 

NU 612 Statistics for Health Care Professionals (4 credits)               

Year 1: Summer

NU 815 Informatics for Health Care (3 credits)

NU 710 Research Utilization (3 credits)                                                                  

Year 2: Fall

NU 820 Health Care Policy (3 credits)

CLS 536 Clinical Genetics (3 credits)                                          

Year 2: Winter                                           

NU 818 Evidence-Based and Translational Methods (3 credits)

NU 726 Epidemiology (3 credits)

Year 2: Summer

NU 541 Advanced Health Assessment (3 credits) 

Elective Course                        

Year 3: Fall

NU 552 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)         

NU 554 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)       

Year 3: Winter

NU 742 Primary Care Management -1 (3 credits)   

NU 743 Clinical Practicum -1 (4 credits)                                                            

Year 3: Summer

NU 744 Primary Care Management - 2 (3 credits)                                 

NU 745 Clinical Practicum - 2 (4 credits)    

Year 4: Fall

NU 746 Primary Care Management - 3 (3 credits)                                    

NU 747 Clinical Practicum - 3 (4 credits)                                                           

Year 4: Winter

NU 749 Clinical Practicum - 4 (4 credits)

NU 750 Clinical Capstone (1 credit)                                   

NU 899 DNP Project: (2 credits) - May be taken in any semester in the curriculum. Students must successfully complete 6-credits (three semesters) of NU 899 to be eligible for graduation)                                                                                                 

Total Credits: 72

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission to the Graduate Studies Office and submit the application electronically, along with a $50.00 application fee. The application is available at: Students must be admitted by the Graduate Studies Office and by the School of Nursing for the DNP Program.
  2. Send all application materials and official transcripts from all universities previously attended (with the exception of NMU) directly to the Graduate Studies Office. Transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail. More information about transcripts and Graduate Studies Office admission requirements can be found at:
  3. Must have a BSN or MSN from an accredited nursing program with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  1. Download and complete the School of Nursing Application for Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. This application and all other application materials are available at the bottom of this page

  2. Other requirements include: 
  • Current RN license within the United States.  
  • A current resume.
  • Three recommendations: - one academic (candidates who have graduated within the last three years must include a faculty recommendation) and two clinical colleagues or manager. Please use the recommendation form provided at the bottom of this page.
  • A one-page written description of your goals for graduate study. This is completed and submitted with the application materials. The document should be typed using a computer with Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and double-spaced. 
  1. Upload all of the application materials to the Graduate Studies Office application webpage:
  2. Email Melissa Romero ( to confirm that all application materials have been received. 
  3. Application materials will be reviewed by faculty and the applicant will receive a letter from the School of Nursing informing him/her of their admission status. 
  1. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course (preferred but not required).
  2. Completion of a health assessment course in an undergraduate program with a B or better.
  3. Completion of courses in anatomy and physiology in an undergraduate or graduate program with a B or better.

Students who are admitted to the DNP program are required to take AIS 535 - Using Scholarly Library Resources in Support of Graduate Research within 5 years prior to the start of DNP coursework. 

Students are encouraged to participate in NMU’s laptop program and must have access to a high-speed Internet connection. Students should be proficient in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, e-mail, and accessing the Internet.

Students must provide the School of Nursing with current evidence of the following prior to their clinical rotations:

  1. An unrestricted RN license
  2. Two-step TB skin test, MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, and Tdap
  3. CPR certification
  4. Nurse practitioner student malpractice insurance
  5. Criminal background check
  6. Urine drug screen