Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Nursing (MSN) Program Apart?

The Master of Science in Nursing program at UM-Flint prepares you to become a highly qualified nurse practitioner prepared to provide exceptional primary healthcare as well as educate and lead other nursing professionals.


The MSN from UM-Flint offers an online format for practicing registered nurses with different educational and professional backgrounds. Students have the option to pursue the MSN on a full-time or part-time basis to complete a concentration as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 


In-depth online courses are integrated to provide valuable hands-on learning so the student becomes part of the real-world healthcare team. You’ll complete your local clinical practicums under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals who inspire as well as impart knowledge.


MSN faculty members are actively involved in a wide range of relevant research projects and encourage MSN students to participate in research. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue your specific research interests while helping improve healthcare services to patients from diverse communities, cultures, and backgrounds.


Learn from professional clinicians at the forefront of their fields. Our faculty experts remain available to support, mentor, and guide you toward your professional goals throughout the program’s completion and beyond.


The MSN program provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to complete a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Open to masters-level registered nurses who are Certified Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, UM-Flint’s DNP program further develops your in-demand leadership skills while providing you with a terminal degree in nursing.

Admission for RNs is possible. Please contact Joy O’Brien, Graduate Academic Advisor, at joyobrie@umflint.edu for details.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, you’ll also have access to the full academic and research resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses.

  • 95-100% first-time Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam pass rate for past three years.

The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs at University of Michigan – Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.




Students who do not hold a BSN degree must complete (or transfer in) the following courses prior to beginning graduate coursework.  All prerequisite courses must be completed within two years of conditional admission to the MSN program. A minimum grade of B (3.0) is required in each course, with the exception of chemistry and statistics, for which grades of C (2.0) or higher are acceptable.

  • NSC 178 - Legal and Moral Decisions in Nursing and Health Care (3)

One from:

  • NSC 209 - Basic Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners (3)
  • NSC 208 - Nutrition in Health Care: Diet Therapy (1) (if NSC 209 is transferred in)
  • NSC 210 - Pathophysiology for Registered Nurses (3). , taken within the past 5 years

One from:

  • NSC 235 - General Principles of Pharmacology for Registered Nurses (3), taken within the past 5 years
  • NSC 234 - Updates in Pharmacology (1) (if NSC 235 is too old or transferred in)
  • NUR 204 - Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (3)
  • NUR 300 - Theoretical Concepts for Professional Nursing (3)
  • NUR 316 - Research in Nursing for Registered Nurses (3)
  • NUR 369 - Transcultural Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 412 - Community Health Nursing for Registered Nurses (6)

Full-time Curriculum Calendar

A minimum of 48 credits is required.  A part-time track is available; contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for further information.

Year One

Winter Semester (11 credits)

  • NSC 503 - Graduate Pathophysiology (3)
  • NSC 504 - Graduate Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR 520 - Physical Diagnosis across the Lifespan-Theory (3)
  • NUR 595 - Graduate Research Theory I (2)

Spring/Summer Semester (9 credits)

  • NSC 502 - Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (2)
  • NUR 501 - Health Promotion (2)
  • NUR 521 - Physical Diagnosis across the Lifespan - Practicum (3)
  • NUR 596 - Graduate Research Theory II (2)

Fall Semester (10 credits)

  • NUR 524 - Management of Acute/Chronic Problems across the Lifespan - Theory (4)
  • NUR 525 - Management of Acute/Chronic Problems across the Lifespan-Practicum (4)
  • NUR 597 - Graduate Research Theory III (2)

Year Two

Winter Semester (10 credits)

  • NUR 531 - Women's Health (2)
  • NUR 540 - Advanced Practice Role Theory (3)
  • NUR 541 - APRN Role Practicum (4)
  • NUR 598 - Graduate Research Theory IV (1)

Spring/Summer Semester (11 credits)

  • NUR 507 - Mental Health for Advanced Practice (3)
  • NUR 528 - Pediatrics for Advanced Practice-Theory (3)
  • NUR 529 - Pediatrics for Advanced Practice-Practicum (2)
  • NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice (3)

Additional information on the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



The number of individuals admitted into the Master of Science in Nursing program is limited. Students are admitted for the winter semester only.

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • Three or more credits in college-level Chemistry with grade of “C” or better
  • Three or more credits in college-level Statistics with grade of “C” or better

NOTE: Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to starting MSN courses.

Admission for RNs is possible. Please contact Joy O’Brien, Graduate Academic Advisor, at joyobrie@umflint.edu for details. 


In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of current RN license (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license)
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document. Please include the following:
    • Describe your reasons for pursuing an MSN, your professional plans and career goals and why you want to attend the University of Michigan-Flint. 
    • Outline how your past nursing experiences will prepare you for an advanced nursing degree
    • List any past achievements in nursing including any professional organization memberships or positions, awards, scholarships, nominations, certifications, committee/project work or other accomplishments such as scholarly publications.
    • Please explain your research interests
    • Please detail any special circumstances applicable to your application.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required from any combination of the following sources:
    • Faculty from a recent nursing program
    • A supervisor in an employment setting
    • An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physician’s Assistant, MD or DO.
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

  • June 1, 2016 for Winter 2017
  • June 1, 2017 for Winter 2018

Admission applications and all supporting materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Programs by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline to be considered for admission to the MSN program.

Enrollment Deposit

If you are selected for admission to the MSN program, you will be required to pay a $500 enrollment deposit to reserve your seat. The deadline to pay the deposit will be indicated in your letter of admission.