Why UM-Flint

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

  • The MSN program will prepare a student for advanced nursing practice in primary healthcare
  • Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Full-time and part-time options available.
  • The full-time program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format and the part-time program is also taught in a distance-learning format (online). In addition, practicum courses require clinical site visits that are determined by the clinical instructor. 
  • Students arrange clinical courses so it is convenient for them to gain the required practical experience. 
  • UM-Flint Nursing Faculty provide virtual office hours which will accommodate the working and out-of-state student.
  • There will be an additional admission path for RN-prepared students with other bachelor's degree.

  • In the MSN program, you will receive practical instruction from faculty who are experts in the field of nursing.
  • As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor to assist our students and their research.
  • 95-100% first-time Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam pass rate for past three years.
  • The University of Michigan-Flint's online Graduate Nursing program has been rated one of the "Best" in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Of the hundreds of programs that were surveyed by U.S. News, UM-Flint's Accelerated Nursing (MSN) was ranked number 3. Only regionally accredited schools that met the federal standard of 100 percent online course delivery were evaluated.
In-Depth: DNP and MSN Comparison

Both the Doctor of Nursing Practice  (DNP) and the MSN prepare nurses to be licensed Nurse Practitioners; the following table compares the two programs:

Criteria DNP MSN
Credit Hours 78-91 51
Time to Completion 4 years full-time/6-7 years part-time Full-time: 5 semesters, Part-time: 11 semesters
Course Types Online Online
Grant Funding Nurse Faculty Loan Program Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Transfer/Waiver of Credits Up to 6 credits for MSN to DNP, 12 credits for BSN to DNP Up to 9 credits
Admission Term Fall Winter
Concentrations AGNP, FNP, ACNP, PMHNP FNP
Students Accepted Each Year Up to 60 (15 per concentration) 20 full-time students + 10 part-time students
Degree Awarded DNP MSN



Admission Requirements

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 an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (3.5 for graduate work)
  • 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.

Beginning in 2015, admission for RN's who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree is possible. Please contact Joy O'Brien, Graduate Academic Advisor, 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 resume
  • 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 1-2 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 recommendations are required from any 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.

All recommenders should be familiar with your intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.  

  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

  • June 1, 2016 for Winter 2017

Admission applications and all supporting materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Programs by 5pm 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.


Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing)

Full-time Curriculum

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

Year One

Winter Semester (11 credits)
NSC 503 - Graduate Pathophysiology. 
NSC 504 - Graduate Pharmacology. 
NUR 520 - Physical Diagnosis across the Lifespan-Theory. 
NUR 595 - Graduate Research Theory I.  

Spring/Summer Semester  (9 credits)
NSC 502 - Graduate Epidemiology.  
NUR 501 - Health Promotion. 
NUR 521 - Physical Diagnosis across the Lifespan - Practicum. 
NUR 596 - Graduate Research Theory II. 

Fall Semester (10 credits)
NUR 524 - Management of Acute/Chronic Problems across the Lifespan - Theory. 
NUR 525 - Management of Acute/Chronic Problems across the Lifespan-Practicum. 
NUR 597 - Graduate Research Theory III.  

Year Two

Winter Semester (10 credits)
NUR 531 - Women’s Health. 
NUR 540 - Advanced Practice Role Theory. 
NUR 541 - APRN Role Practicum. 
NUR 598 - Graduate Research Theory IV.  

Spring/Summer Semester (11 credits)
NUR 507 - Mental Health for Advanced Practice. 
NUR 528 - Pediatrics for Advanced Practice-Theory 
NUR 529 - Pediatrics for Advanced Practice-Practicum. 
NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice.   

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.

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