What Sets UM-Flint's Accelerated Nursing (MSN) Program Apart?
• It will equip you with the skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in primary health care as an Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.
• As an accelerated program, you’ll complete in just 16 months.
• This full-time program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format with 6-8 campus visits required over 16 months.
• 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.
• Admitted students must commit to working no more than 24 hours a week while enrolled in the accelerated MSN
• For cohorts beginning in Winter 2013 and Winter 2014, admitted students will receive $22,000 in the first year of the program to support educational expenses, stipends, indirect costs, or other reasonable living expenses. Grant funding is not available beginning Winter 2015 and beyond.
• 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 was selected by the U.S. News Media Group to be included in its recently released “Best Nursing School Rankings” for 2012. The UM-Flintmaster’s nursing program ranked in the top 23% of 467 schools included in the survey.
In-Depth: DNP and MSN ComparisonBoth the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the MSN prepare nurses to be licensed Nurse Practitioners; the following table compares the two programs:
|Time to completion||4 years||16 months|
|Course work load||Part-time||Full-time|
|Course types||Completely online||Online, plus 6-8 campus visits|
|Grant funding||$15,000 per year for students selected for SDS scholarship (Fall 2013 cohort only)
||$22,000 per student (2013-14 and 2014-15 cohorts only)
|Transfer credit||Up to 9 hours||None|
|Concentrations||AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP, FPMHNP||AGPCNP only|
|Students accepted/year||30-40||Limited to 16
Grant Funding (THROUGH 2014)
Grant funding is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administrations’ (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANEE) initiative, a $30 million, five-year investment, aimed at increasing the number of primary care nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives.
The grant program’s two purposes are to 1) increase the number of students enrolled full-time in accredited primary care Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery programs, and 2) accelerate the graduation of part-time students in such programs by encouraging full-time enrollment.
At UM-Flint, the grant program provides support to new, full-time MSN students to complete the program of study by funding stipends, educational expenses, and other reasonable living expenses of
$22,000 per student. Each year (from 2011 through 2014), 16 students will be selected for appointment and each will receive the $22,000 for approved expenses that will be divided evenly over the first three semesters of the four-semester program. Grant funds will be applied to student accounts after they register for classes and money remaining after paying tuition and fees will be refunded to the student.
• Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S.
• Must be enrolled full-time in the accelerated MSN program
• Must achieve a B or better in all courses to continue to receive grant funds in subsequent semesters
The number of individuals admitted into the Master of Science in Nursing program is limited. Students are admitted for the winter semester only. Priority will be given to those not already accepted or enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner program.
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 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.
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.
• $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
-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 www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/admissions/international-students.page for details.
• February 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.
If you are selected for admission to the accelerated 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.
A minimum of 43 credits is required to complete the MSN:
Winter Semester (10 credits)
NSC 503 - Graduate Pathophysiology.
NSC 504 - Graduate Pharmacology.
NUR 520 - Physical Diagnosis Adult Theory.
NUR 595 - Graduate Research Theory I.
Spring/Summer Semester (11 credits)
NSC 502 - Graduate Epidemiology.
NUR 501 - Health Promotion.
NUR 507 - Dynamics of Family Counseling.
NUR 521 - Physical Diagnosis Adult – Practicum.
NUR 596 - Graduate Research Theory II.
Fall Semester (11 credits)
NUR 524 - Management of Adult Acute/Chronic Problems – Theory.
NUR 525 - Management of Adult Acute/Chronic Problems – Practicum.
NUR 531 - Women’s Health.
NUR 597 - Graduate Research Theory III.
Winter Semester (11 credits)
NUR 510 - Office and Minor Emergency Procedures – Theory & Practicum.
NUR 535 - Advanced Practice Nursing Care of the Older Adult Theory and Practicum.
NUR 540 - APRN Role Theory.
NUR 541 - APRN Role Practicum.
NUR 598 - Graduate Research Theory IV.
Transfer/Waiver of credit will not be permitted of students that have been accepted into the grant funded MSN program. Students not admitted to the grant funded MSN program may transfer/waive up to nine hours of graduate credit into the MSN program. Transfers are made in accordance with the policies for the MSN graduate program committee
Jori July, MSN
Graduation Year: 2012
Hometown: Davison, MI
The accelerated MSN is an online program. We are required to meet on campus up to two times per semester, but otherwise complete our coursework online. I have been able to keep many of my work and family commitments with this arrangement. In my experience, the Nursing professors have been more than willing to schedule appointments or talk on the phone about any questions or concerns I might have. They treat me with respect as they are people that truly care about their students, and want us to excel in their programs and do well out in the real world.