Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

DNP is a terminal professional degree representing the highest level of clinical nursing competence.


The DNP program is designed to provide students the opportunity to assimilate and utilize in-depth knowledge of nursing, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical and organizational sciences, with sophisticated informatics and decision-making technology to develop collaborative strategies that optimize the health of individuals, families, communities and systems.
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Grounded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, the DNP program emphasizes the student’s development as an expert clinician with strong leadership capacity, a commitment to service, and skills to act as change agents, translating clinical research into improved health care.
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The post-Master’s DNP curriculum is designed to admit Master’s prepared certified APRNs in the following clinical specialties: nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, and MSN prepared nurses in specialty areas such as nurse administration, executive leadership and nursing informatics. The DNP program curriculum is based upon the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education.
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The DNP builds upon the Master of Science in Nursing degree and requires 36 credits. The curriculum includes formative course work that culminates in a capstone clinical practicum and a doctoral project. The post-Master’s DNP is designed for part-time or full-time study.
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The program is offered as a hybrid model, with a blend of online and face to face meetings.  Classes are held on the same day of the week and scheduled in the late afternoon/early evening. We have an online virtual classroom that also supports student participation from remote locations.

The Baccalaureate degree in nursing is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

The Baccalaureate degree in nursing, Master's degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at University of Detroit Mercy are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Application to the DNP Program

You can apply to the DNP program through our online application. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact: Suzanne Erwin at or (313) 993-1828