Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is limited to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with a master’s degree from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredited program and who have current national certification in their specialty.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the College of Nursing, students must meet the requirements specified below.
- Submission of a university application for admission.
- Applicants must concurrently apply separately to the College of Nursing. The application process requires an official transcript from each college, university, and school attended, covering all academic work completed to date; an essay; three letters of recommendation from sources that have direct knowledge of the applicant’s work and educational experience specifying the applicant’s ability to do graduate work; and a professional resume documenting years of clinical work and educational experiences.
- At least one year of full-time professional experience as a registered nurse is required.
- Evidence of an unrestricted current license as a registered nurse in the applicant’s state or country and specialty certification.
- Approved graduate-level statistics, research methods and health policy courses of at least 3 semester credits, each. Each must have been successfully completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The statistics course must have been completed within 5 years prior to admission.
- Cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 basis) for the Master of Science in Nursing.
- International applicants whose academic language is not English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as a condition for regular admission to Michigan State University.
Following initial screening, applicants identified as well-matched with the College of Nursing academic standards and program focus will be contacted for a required personal interview with program faculty. Recommendations for admission are made by the faculty committee to the Dean of the College based on the requirements for admission and the personal interview.
Admission Cycles and Review:
- The DNP program enrolls for a fall semester each year.
- Early Application Deadline- December 1.
- Final Application Deadline - May 1.
- Application materials must be received by 5pm on the deadline before the applicant can be considered for admission.
Admission of students who cannot reside in Michigan for the duration of their College of Nursing program cannot be accommodated at this time. Many states have regulations regarding out-of-state distance education providers which may include restrictions from online courses with didactic and clinical practicum requirements for College of Nursing programs.
- Applicants are required to submit a validation form to the administrator of their APN program to verify the total number of clinical hours completed in the program as well as curriculum content for core APN coursework.
- All forms must be received by the final application deadline on Monday May 1, 2017 at 5pm.
- Applicants are responsible for uploading the completed validation form directly to the application or submit to the Graduate Program Advisor, Karen Weissert:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: (517) 432-8251