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.



Nursing (MSN)

Nursing (NUR)  

This program is currently only accepting a limited number of new students into the full-time and part-time program.  Priority is given to those not already accepted or enrolled in an accredited nurse practitioner program.  Students are admitted in the Winter semester only. 

The University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Health Professions and Studies offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), which provides the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in primary health care.  As Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) the graduates (1) make independent and collaborative health care decisions; (2) engage in clinical practice as expert clinicians who use theory and evidence-based practice to perform history and physical exams, interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests, treat common illnesses and injuries, prescribe medications (in accordance with state practice laws) and evaluate outcomes; (3) demonstrate leadership as consultants, educators, researchers and administrators; and (4) participate in legislative and professional activities to promote professional advancement and health related social policies.

Career opportunities for APRNs are continually expanding and include positions in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health care agencies, schools, universities, industry, nursing homes, wellness centers, employee health programs, physicians’ office practices, community mental health agencies, public health agencies, acute care facilities and private practice.

The program prepares students for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certification.  As primary health care providers, FNP-certified APRNs provide nursing and medical services to individuals, families and groups, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention across the life span.  The FNP synthesizes theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge in the management of acute and chronic diseases or treatment and wellness promotion of minor injuries. Services include, but are not limited to, history and physical examinations, ordering of appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescription of pharmacologic agents and treatments, and nonpharmacologic therapies. Teaching and counseling individuals, families and groups are major parts of a nurse practitioner’s activities. Family nurse practitioners work autonomously, as well as in collaboration with a variety of individuals, to diagnose and manage clients’ health care problems as well as to provide anticipatory guidance and developmental assessments for pediatric patients. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide proof of the following requirements:

  1. A current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  2. A 3-credit college-level chemistry course with a minimum grade of C (2.0)
  3. A 3-credit college-level statistics with a minimum grade of C (2.0)
  4. One of the following:
  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (3.5 for graduate work)
  • A non-Nursing bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 post-secondary credits (if the ADN degree does not meet the 60-credit minimum, the ost recent 60 college-level credits will be considered)
  • RN Nurse Practitioner certification with a minimum GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 post-secondary credits (if the ADN degree does not meet the 60-credit minimum, the most recent 60 college-level credits will be considered)

Application for Admission

Applicants should check the Office of Graduate Programs website for application deadlines. Students are admitted for the Winter semester only.

Before applying, out-of-state students, or those who may relocate during the program, should contact the Department of Nursing to confirm that the University of Michigan-Flint is authorized to offer distance education in the student’s state of residence. The Department of Nursing, in conjunction with the Office of Extended Learning, will determine the University’s status in that state.

With the application for Graduate Admission, the following are required:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A copy of the current RN license
  • A Professional Goal Statement
  • Three completed recommendation forms
  • A Supplemental Application to the MSN program

Students are accepted into the MSN program through a competitive admission process. Students must apply for the Part-Time or Full-Time curriculum at the time of application.

Accepted students who do not hold a BSN degree must apply and be admitted into the BSN completion program in order to complete the prerequisite courses listed below. All Prerequisite courses must be finished within two years of application.  A deadline will be for prerequisite completion will be set for each accepted student.

Admission to the MSN program for these students will be confirmed as long as all prerequisite criteria have been met. The student will receive an official notification during the yearly admission process.

Transfer Credit

Up to nine (9) credits of graduate coursework completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer or waiver. Transfers and waivers of credit are subject to the approval of the Graduate Student Affairs Committee and are made in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Program Committee.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS)  and Graduate Study  sections of this Catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.

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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.