School of Nursing
Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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Graduate Programs

Research Grant for Master and Doctoral students
Kelly Healthcare Resources has awarded Oakland University School of Nursing (SON) funding for up to $5,000.00 to assist a nursing student’s research project. The student(s) who are awarded this funding will work with a SON faculty member and a representative of Kelly Healthcare Resources to implement a project related to improving duality outcomes in healthcare. Priority will be given to projects related to occupational health. Project examples may include interventions to reduce adverse outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and/or interventions aimed to improve quality of care. Projects for this competitive award will be evaluated first by faculty at the SON to determine the best project that meets the criteria. Deadline: March 2017.
Master of Science in Nursing overview
The School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing program prepares professional nurses for advanced nursing practice, leadership in the nursing profession and future doctoral study. The tracks that are offered:
  • Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's APRN Certificate available)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-Master's APRN Certificate available)
  • Nurse Anesthesia (Post-Master's APRN Certificate available)
  • Forensic Nursing (Graduate Certificate available)
Building on the foundation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will prepare graduates as transformational leaders with advanced nursing knowledge and practice expertise for optimizing health outcomes. (Essential IX)

The MSN program prepares graduates to:
  1. Integrate theories and scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, and organizational sciences using translational processes to improve evidence-based nursing practice across diverse settings. (Essentials I & IV, VIII, IX)
  2. Apply concepts from organizational leadership, systems leadership, and information technology in the promotion of quality improvement and safety. (Essentials II, III, V, IX)
  3. Demonstrate requisite knowledge of legal and regulatory processes, health policy, ethics, and advocacy to improve health outcomes of diverse populations at the organizational, local, state, and federal level. (Essentials IV, VI, VIII, IX)
  4. Employ intra/interprofessional collaborative strategies in the design and delivery of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions to improve health outcomes in individuals, families, communities, and populations. (Essentials IV, VII, VIII, IX)
  5. Integrate professional standards and guidelines in the provision of nursing practice in a specialty area. (Essentials IX)
Preceptors: Please watch this video on Precepting the Primary Care NP Student.
Doctor of Nursing Practice overview
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the terminal degree for nurses in clinical practice. It is a 38-credit, post-master’s online program intended to prepare nurse leaders for clinical practice. Both 2 and 3 year plans of study are available.

Graduates who possess a DNP degree are prepared to assume clinical and leadership roles in both academic and practice settings. Knowledge acquisition in the DNP program includes the ability to analyze organizational and clinical systems, critique evidence to support clinical practice and improve patient outcomes, and develop practice guidelines to enhance patient safety.

Building on the foundation of the master’s program, the DNP program will prepare the student for the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The DNP graduate will:
  1. Integrate the science and theory of nursing practice with scientific and theoretical knowledge from other disciplines to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes.
  2. Integrate knowledge of effective communication and leadership skills based on professional standards to work as an effective member of an inter-professional team in the provision of safe, high quality, patient-centered care.
  3. Demonstrate the appropriate and ethical use of information technology and research methods to improve practice and the practice environment.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree requires Registered Nurses who graduated with a clinical focus in their master’s programs to complete a minimum of 38 credits, depending on prior course/clinical work taken at the master’s level. All DNP students must satisfy a minimum of 1,000 supervised clock hours of practice experiences to demonstrate attainment of the doctoral level competencies. Students may receive credit for up to 640 clock hours from their master’s educational program; each applicant’s supervised clock hours of practicum experiences from their master’s programs are validated as part of the admission process. DNP applicants without a clinical focus in their master’s program must complete the necessary coursework to obtain a post-master’s certificate in a clinical area and pass their respective certification exam, in addition to completing the 38 credits of DNP coursework.

View the Graduate Catalog Addendum to see revisions to the DNP curriculum starting in Fall 2016.

Visit aacn.nche.edu for more information on accreditation and FAQs for DNP programs.