About the Program

As a nurse practitioner you become a unique licensed independent practitioner within the constellation of advanced practice nurses. Nurse practitioners assess and manage both medical and nursing problems in a variety of settings. You will serve as the primary care provider and consult and collaborate with other health care professionals to provide quality comprehensive care for individuals, families, and communities in a variety of ambulatory and inpatient settings.

Your responsibilities as a nurse practitioner include: taking histories; conducting physical examinations; ordering, performing, and interpreting appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests; and prescribing pharmacological agents, treatments, and non-pharmacological therapies for the management of the conditions you diagnose.



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
At least one year RN experience preferred

*Admission is also possible for Registered Nurses with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. In 2015, faculty is piloting a path for admission of ADN-prepared Registered Nurses without a bachelor's degree. In addition to the requirements above, those RNs seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program who do not already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing must complete prerequisites before beginning graduate coursework. Please contact the Graduate Nursing Advisor for more details.


Application Process:
Application Deadline:
April 1, 2015 for Winter 2016 start

Please consult the Graduate Programs website for details regarding the MSN application process.



IMPORTANT:  Prior to enrolling in an online program leading to licensure by another state, you should check with the appropriate state agency to verify eligibility to take licensing exams at the conclusion of the UM-Flint program.



For an official listing of the program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint Catalog.

There will be a Full Time, 5 semester, MSN curriculum and a Part Time, 11 semester, MSN curriculum. 


DNP and MSN Comparison

Both the Doctor of Nursing Practice  (DNP) and the "Accelerated" Masters of Nursing Science (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 5 Semesters Full Time / 11 Semesters Part Time
Course Work Load Full Time and Part Time Available Full Time and Part Time Available
Course Types Online, plus minimal campus visits Online, plus minimal campus visits
Grant Funding* Nurse Faculty Loan Program and Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship 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 Students Full Time + 10 Students Part Time
Degree Awarded DNP MSN

*Note: The ANEE grant is concluded.  All Winter 2014 cohort funds have been awarded.

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.