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Doctor of Nursing Practice

Move Healthcare Forward

Take the next step forward as a healthcare leader with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.  In our six to eight semester, 100% online program, you will build your foundation for system leadership in advanced practice and specialty nursing.

Working with our highly experienced faculty, you will discover innovative approaches to patient safety, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice as you prepare to drive better health outcomes. Your coursework will culminate in the planning and implementation of a new clinical practice in the field.

As the complexity of healthcare continues to increase, leaders in the field will be expected to have the depth of knowledge, diversity of skills, and practical experience you will find in the Ferris DNP program. Propel your career forward now.

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Program Features

  •  Admission Requirements

    New Student Admission Requirements

    • Applicants must submit their application for the program by August 15th.
    • Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Advanced Practice Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialty, from an accredited college or university.
    • Applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
    • International applicants must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); per graduate office minimal requirements.
    • Applicants must submit an example of writing that is in APA style format.
    • Applicants must submit three professional references as letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background. The letters should include an assessment of the applicant’s current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate education.
    • Applicants must submit a current professional resume and cover letter.
    • Applicants must have successful, passing grade, completion of a graduate level statistics course in the last five years.
    • Applicants must complete a face-to-face, phone, or online interview with program faculty. Applicants must have satisfactory professional demeanor and be able to articulate professional goals alignment with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
    • In addition to the above requirements, the student with a GPA of less than 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale), undergraduate deficiencies, graduate level statistics deficiency, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores less than required by the graduate office may be conditionally admitted with the following requirements:
      • Successfully complete 7 semester hours of graduate coursework with a 3.20 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) to satisfy admission requirements.
      • Completion of a graduate level statistics course, with a passing grade, by the end of the first semester.
      • Enroll in and successfully complete recommended English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses; may retake the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam

    Transfer Student Admission Requirements

    • Applicants must submit their application for the program by August 15th.
    • Applicants must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Advanced Practice Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specialty, from an accredited college or university.
    • Applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
    • International applicants must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); per graduate office minimal requirements.
    • Applicants must submit an example of writing that is in APA style format.
    • Applicants must submit three professional references as letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background. The letters should include an assessment of the applicant’s current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate education.
    • Applicants must submit a current professional resume and cover letter.
    • Applicants must have successful, passing grade, completion of a graduate level statistics course in the last five years.
    • Applicants must complete a face-to-face, phone, or online interview with program faculty. Applicants must have satisfactory professional demeanor and be able to articulate professional goals alignment with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
    • In addition to the above requirements, the student with a GPA of less than 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale), undergraduate deficiencies, graduate level statistics deficiency, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores less than required by the graduate office may be conditionally admitted with the following requirements:
      • Successfully complete 7 semester hours of graduate coursework with a 3.20 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) to satisfy admission requirements.
      • Completion of a graduate level statistics course, with a passing grade, by the end of the first semester.
      • Enroll in and successfully complete recommended English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses; may retake the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam
  •  Graduation Requirements

    In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

    University Graduation Requirements

    These are the minimum graduation requirements for a graduate degree at Ferris State University:

    • A minimum of 30 credits must be earned.
    • A 3.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA in graduate courses is required.
    • A minimum grade of C or higher must be earned in each course with no more than two grades of C.
    • A minimum of 70 percent of the degree requirements must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
    • No more than 20 percent of required hours can be thesis credits.
    • No more than 6 hours can be independent study and/or special topics.
    • Degree requirements shall be completed within 5 years from first enrollment in a graduate course following admission.
    • Each student must complete a thesis, graduate project, policy paper, internship, comprehensive examination, or additional course work.

    Programmatic Graduation Requirements

    These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

    • All requirements as specified in the All Major Requirements section must be met.
    • A 3.20 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA in graduate courses is required.
    • A minimum grade of B or higher must be earned in each course with no more than two grades of B. Two unsuccessful attempts, grades less than B, in any DNP course(s) will result in a dismissal from the program. Successfully complete courses in the order of the program delivery from the time of entrance. All courses except the final residency must be completed prior to the integration course, NURS 899.
  •  Key Courses
    • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Emergent Theories of Health
    • Informatics for Leadership
    • Healthcare and Social Policy
    • Residency

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  •  Mission & Values

    Mission

    To expand, integrate, and translate nursing knowledge in clinical applications using advanced scientific knowledge.

    Values

    FSU Doctorate of Nursing Practice program is grounded on and reflects the values of Ferris State University and nursing education values such as: collaboration, diversity, ethics, excellence, life-long learning, inquiry, scientific and clinical engagement, and population health, well-being and quality of life.

    The School of Nursing DNP program creates a learning environment through faculty engagement with lifetime education, practice and research and is committed to an educational process responsive to changing healthcare environments.

Meet an Advisor

Our DNP faculty and staff are completely dedicated to your success. Schedule an appointment with our Program Coordinator now to explore the program and learn how the Ferris DNP program will accelerate your career forward.

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Accreditation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ferris State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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