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Doctor of Nursing Practice

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a practice-focused doctoral program.  This is different from a research-focused doctorate which prepares Nurse Educators and Researchers.  A DNP degree prepared  graduate is prepared to improve health and care outcomes through organizational/systems leadership, quality improvement processes, and translation of evidence into practice, among other ways.

For a DNP degree, there is a practice application-oriented final DNP project required rather than a dissertation, measured according to its contribution to improved outcomes. SVSU's DNP program is designed for busy nurses who work full-time.  Each fall and winter semesters only one or two Saturday seminars are required and all other coursework is online.  The program can be completed in three years, or longer if coursework is spread out for a lighter load each semester.

Master of Science in Nursing & Doctor of Nursing Practice

BSN to DNP Program

The Nurse Practitioner program at SVSU prepares registered nurses to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). It also serves as an advanced degree for family nurse practitioners to prepare to practice in a complex health care system. Students in the FNP program are awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree at the end of year three. They then have the option to take the FNP certification exam and begin practicing as an FNP.

MSN to DNP Progam

The MSN to DNP program is available to any RN who has a MSN from an acredited university, regardless of the major.


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