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 with 6-8 campus visits required over five semesters.
  • The part-time program is also taught in a distance-learning format with 1-2 possible campus visits per semester required over eleven semesters.
  • Clinical courses are arranged in your area, so it is convenient for you to gain practical experience.
  • UM-Flint Nursing faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal class schedule, with flexible office hours and online availability.
  • There will be an additional admission path for RN-prepared students with no 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 77-90 48-51
Time to Completion 4 years full-time/6-7 years part-time Full-time: 5 semesters, Part-time: 11 semesters
Course Work Load Full-time Full-time
Course Types Online, plus up to 8 campus visits Online, plus 6-8 campus visits
Grant Funding Nurse Faculty Loan Program Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Transfer/Waiver of Credits Up to 9 credits of 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 Winter 2015, admission for RNs without a bachelor's degree is possible.  Please contact advisor Joy O'Brien for details (contact information at left).


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

The Program Admissions Committee will evaluate your application once all items have been received.

  • 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)
  • Professional Goal Statement describing your career objectives and areas of clinical interest. The statement should be a 500-word typewritten document that describes your reasons for pursuing a master of science in nursing degree and should reflect a strong sense of career direction. The statement should relate past experiences to advancing a career in nursing. Include:
    • your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study
    • your reasons for wanting to study at UM-Flint
    • your research interests
    • your professional plans and career goals
    • Please describe any past achievements in nursing including:
      • any professional organization memberships or positions
      • awards
      • scholarships
      • nominations
      • committee/project work
      • other accomplishments you wish to include

You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on any scholarly publications, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history.

  • Three recommendations, including one from a doctorally- or master-prepared academician or researcher, a supervisor in an employment setting, and a practicing RN or APN, all familiar with your intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment. The recommendation form must be submitted (either online or in paper); you may submit letters of recommendation, but they must be accompanied by the recommendation forms.
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines

  • April 1 for the following winter semester

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 - Management of Pediatric Acute/Chronic Problems – Theory. 
NUR 529 - Management of Pediatric Acute/Chronic Problems – Practicum. 
NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice.   

Transfer Credit

Transfer/Waiver of credit is permitted of students accepted into the grant-funded MSN program.  Students not admitted to the grant-funded program may have up to nine hours of graduate credit transferred/waived.  Transfers are made in accordance with policies of the MSN graduate program committee

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