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.

A convenient FORMAT

The MSN offers an online format with minimal campus visits (3-6/year). Students have the option to pursue the MSN on a full-time (two years to complete) or part-time (three years) 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 Graduate Advisor, Julie Westenfeld for details.


The MSN program at UM-Flint also offers an alternate admission path for practicing registered nurses that may or may not have a related bachelor's degree:

RN-MSN Nurse Educator (with non-nursing bachelor's degree)

RN-MSN Nurse Educator (without bachelor's degree)

RN-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (with non-nursing bachelor's degree)

RN-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (without bachelor's degree)


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 the past three years.

The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs at University of Michigan – Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.



Requirements, RN-MSN Track

The Family Nurse Practitioner program is open to students with a BSN and RN licensure in the United States.  In addition, RNs with an associate degree and diploma graduates who meet admission criteria will be admitted to the RN to MSN program. Students who do not hold a BSN degree must complete the following undergraduate courses within two years of admission to the RN to MSN program. After completion of the undergraduate courses RN to MSN students continue to the MSN curriculum.

All courses (except for English) must be completed at UM-Flint. A minimum grade of B (3.0) is required in each course.

Undergraduate Courses

  • ENG 112 - Critical Writing and Reading (3) (not required for students with a previously conferred bachelor’s degree)
  • NSC 180 - Legal and Moral Decisions in Health Care (3)
  • NUR 300 - Theoretical Concepts for Professional Nursing (3)
  • NUR 307 - Integrated Case Studies in Nursing for RNs (3)
  • NUR 316 - Research in Nursing (3)
  • NUR 369 - Transcultural Health Care (3)
  • NUR 412 - Community Health Nursing for Registered Nurses (6)

Requirements, MSN Curriculum

The Nursing MSN program with a Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis is open to students with a BSN and RN licensure in the United States.  A grade of B (3.) or better is required in each course.

A. Core Courses (21 credits)

  • NSC 502 - Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (2)
  • NSC 503 - Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Professionals (3)
  • NSC 504 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Professionals (3)
  • NUR 520 - Physical Diagnosis across the Lifespan-Theory (3)
  • NUR 532 - Leadership, Informatics & Policy for Advanced Practice (3)
  • NUR 595 - Graduate Research Theory I (2)
  • NUR 596 - Graduate Research Theory II (2)
  • NUR 597 - Graduate Research Theory III (2)
  • NUR 598 - Graduate Research Theory IV (1)

B. Emphasis Area: Family Nurse Practitioner (26 credits)

  • NUR 507 - Mental Health for Advanced Practice Professionals (2-3) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 521 - Physical Diagnosis across the Lifespan - Practicum (2-3) (elected for 2 credits)
  • NUR 524 - Management of Acute/Chronic Problems across the Lifespan - Theory (4)
  • NUR 525 - Management of Acute/Chronic Problems across the Lifespan-Practicum (4)
  • NUR 528 - Pediatrics for Advanced Practice-Theory (3)
  • NUR 529 - Pediatrics for Advanced Practice-Practicum (2)
  • NUR 531 - Women's Health (2)
  • NUR 540 - Advanced Practice Role Theory (3)
  • NUR 541 - APRN Role Practicum (4)

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 Nursing Academic Standards Committee and are made in accordance with the policies of the Graduate Faculty Committee.

Additional information on the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



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 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 Julie Westenfeld, Graduate Academic Advisor at jyankee@umich.edu for details.


This program is designed to meet licensure requirements in the state of Michigan. The University has not made a determination as to whether this program satisfies academic prerequisites for licensure in any state other than Michigan. The University makes no representation that the credits you complete as part of this program would be accepted towards licensure qualification in your state. We advise you to contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you are located (and, if different, the state where you intend to seek licensure). The NCSBN website may provide a link to your state board of nursing here: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered 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 in APA format, double-spaced. 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 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.
  • Phone/in-person interview may be required
  • International Students: Submit additional documentation. Visit umflint.edu/international for details. This program is an online program. Students admitted to this program are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). Students with all other visa types are eligible.

Application Deadlines

  • June 1, 2021 for the winter 2022 semester

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.

Campus Orientation

If admitted to the program, you must attend an on-campus orientation before their program begins. The date will be indicated in your letter of admission.