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.
Complete your doctorate degree in just six to eight semesters
Clinical projects focused on your areas of interest
New Student Admission Requirements
Completed application for admission.
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).
Submit an example of writing that is in APA style format.
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 complete
graduate education successfully.
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 a satisfactory professional demeanor and be able to
articulate professional goals alignment with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
International students whose first (native) language is not English need to have
English proficiency test scores sent directly from the testing agency to demonstrate
meeting the Ferris standards for English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo).
In addition to the above requirements, the student with a GPA of less than 3.20 (on
a 4.00 scale), undergraduate deficiencies, or graduate-level statistics deficiency
may be provisionally admitted with the following requirements:
Successfully completed seven (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.
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
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.
To expand, integrate, and translate nursing knowledge in clinical applications using
advanced scientific knowledge.
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.