Why UM-Flint

Educate the future health care providers

In addition to focusing on the graduate level nursing competencies, the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator concentration – develops students for the nurse educator role.

Blended with Education

The Nurse Educator concentration blends core nursing courses with education theory and practice. In conjunction with faculty members from the School of Education and Human Services, nursing faculty assist students with obtaining practical teaching experience and knowledge in this specialty. As a result, UM-Flint graduates will be qualified for faculty positions, staff nurse educator positions and other teaching roles.

A Curriculum that Delivers Results

In addition to focusing on the graduate-level nursing requirements, this program includes coursework in curriculum design, teaching methods, educational needs assessments, and learner-centered theories and methods. Graduates of the MSN program will demonstrate a set of nurse educator competencies including facilitating student learning and development, assessment and evaluation, instructional technologies, and more. Our students will be highly prepared to sit for the Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) offered by the National League for Nursing.

Solving Faculty Shortages

Healthcare delivery has changed dramatically over the past decade signaling the demand for nursing faculty. Despite universities working diligently to solve the faculty shortage, national vacancies still exist. The University of Michigan-Flint helps to solve this shortage by preparing highly proficient MSN graduates to fill faculty positions throughout the State of Michigan and beyond.

Online Format

Available on a full (3 years to complete) or part-time (4 years) basis, most requirements are completed online. Students complete the required clinical experiences in local healthcare sites and/or nursing educational settings under the close supervision and mentorship of experienced nurse educator professionals. Visits to UM-Flint are minimal throughout the entire MSN program. Students attend a program orientation and have a campus residency.

Accessible Nursing Faculty

Learn from professional clinicians at the forefront of their fields. Our faculty experts remain available to support, mentor, and guide students toward their professional goals throughout the program’s completion and beyond.

U-M Resources

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, our students also have access to the full academic and research resources at the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses.


Requirements, RN-MSN Track

The MSN - Nurse Educator 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 may 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 (3)

Requirements, MSN Curriculum

The Nursing MSN program with a Nurse Educator emphasis is open to students with a BSN and RN licensure in the United States. A grade of B (3.0) 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: Nurse Educator (21 credits)

  • NUR 523 - Physical Diagnosis Clinical Immersion (1)
  • NUR 652 - Advanced Nursing Practice Role-Theory and Practicum (3)
  • NUR 660 - Facilitating Learning and Learner Development in Nursing Education (3)
  • NUR 661 - Instructional Technologies and Innovations in Nursing Education (3)
  • NUR 662 - Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Nursing Education (3)
  • NUR 663 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes in Nursing Education (2)
  • NUR 664 - Nurse Educator Role-Seminar and Teaching Practicum (3)
  • NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care (3)

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
  • Preferred one year of RN experience
  • 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.

State authorization for online students

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, complete the online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or submitted 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:
    • Your reasons for pursuing an MSN, your professional plans and career goals, and why you want to attend the University of Michigan-Flint
    • An outline of how your past nursing experiences will prepare you for an advanced nursing degree 
    • 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
    • Your research interests 
    • 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
    • Other health care professionals familiar with your work in nursing such as nurse educators, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioner
  • 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

  • November 15 for the Winter semester (only admit period)

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