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 will admit students with a BSN and RN licensure in the United States.  In addition, RNs with an associate degree or 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 (or transfer in) the following undergraduate courses within two years of admission to the RN-MSN program. 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 Nursing and Health Care for RNs (3) *1
  • NUR 204 - Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (3) *2
  • NSC 210 - Pathophysiology for Registered Nurses (3) *2
  • NUR 300 - Theoretical Concepts for Professional Nursing (3) *1
  • NUR 316 - Research in Nursing for Registered Nurses (3) *1
  • NUR 369 - Transcultural Healthcare (3) *1
  • NUR 412 - Community Health Nursing for Registered Nurses (6) *1

One from:

  • NSC 209 - Basic Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners (3)
  • NSC 208 - Nutrition in Health Care: Diet Therapy (1) (Take this course to satisfy the Nutrition requirement if NUR 205 is transferred in)

One from:

  • NSC 235 - General Principles of Pharmacology for Registered Nurses (3) *2
  • NSC 234 - Updates in Pharmacology (1) (Take this course to satisfy Pharmacology if NUR 235 is too old or NUR 203 transferred in)

*1 Students are not permitted to transfer or waive these courses.
*2 Courses must be completed within 5 years at the time of application.

After completion of the undergraduate courses RN-MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator) students will continue to the MSN Curriculum according to your admitted area of emphasis.

Requirements, MSN Curriculum

A. Core Courses (21 credits)

  • NSC 502 - Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (2)
  • NSC 503 - Graduate Pathophysiology (3)
  • NSC 504 - Graduate Pharmacology (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 Practicum (3)
  • NUR 810 - Advanced Transcultural Care (3)

C. Grade Requirement

A grade of B (3.0) is required in all courses.

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 Brooke Michael, Graduate Academic Advisor at jbjkk@umflint.edu for details.

State authorization for online students

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, submit the following 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)
    • A copy of license verification printout or a photocopy of your license may be emailed to graduate@umflint.edu
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document. 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.