College of Nursing

Advance your career and reshape health care as a Wayne State nurse practitioner

Expert faculty, long-standing clinical partnerships and deep-rooted connections in our Detroit community combine to create a world-class nursing education with an enhanced focus on addressing health disparities and the unique health care needs of urban populations.

Wayne State nurse practitioners possess distinct knowledge and skills that set them apart as innovators in advanced practice. It’s why they’re sought after by leading hospitals and health care organizations throughout the country.

The Wayne State College of Nursing’s top-ranked MSN and DNP programs emphasize real-world experiences in wide range of clinical environments. Our globally recognized expertise in urban health gives you the tools to reduce health disparities, address today’s most pressing health care challenges, and provide high-quality care for diverse patients, families and communities in any setting.

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Why Wayne State College of Nursing?

  • Students working in clinical setting

    Focus on your education - we’ll handle your clinical placements
    With a dedicated clinical placement coordinator, we will secure ALL your clinical placements for you in hands-on clinical experiences with an assigned NP preceptor in a variety of settings to fit your goals and interests.

  • Nursing student smiling

    Earn a world-class nursing degree from a distance
    If you live more than 60 miles from campus, you can pursue your MSN or DNP from home in a synchronous online environment. Learn more.

  • Nursing student with faculty members

    Find support for your success
    We know that pursuing a graduate degree can be costly. We have impactful opportunities available to help you secure financial support to become an in-demand nurse practitioner.

    • Nurse Faculty Loan Program
    • State funding for psych-mental health NPs
    • Federal funding for psychiatric and family nurse practitioners Learn more.
Alexandria Ballard-Sims, DNP graduate

“There are many DNP programs around the country, but Wayne State’s DNP program stood out with its focus on urban health and addressing health disparities. It was essential that the school I attended embrace diversity and be part of the solution to reduce health care disparities in our community. I am so proud to be a Wayne State nursing graduate.”

— Alexandria Ballard-Sims, DNP graduate, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP specialty, Class of 2023