Advance to Nurse Practitioner with Both MSN and DNP Degrees

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The University of Michigan-Flint’s innovative online BSN to DNP with MSN program empowers you to elevate your nursing career and provide quality care to patients as a competent nurse practitioner.

You can start the program as a registered nurse with or without a BSN degree. Once you have completed the MSN portion of the program, you can become a licensed and board-certified nurse practitioner and clinically practice while completing the DNP with as little as 15 additional credits.

Upon completion of the online BSN-DNP program, you are awarded both the Master of Science in Nursing degree and the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner degree. With full- and part-time learning options, you also enjoy the flexibility to complete your degree with your schedule in mind.

Why Choose UM-Flint’s Online BSN-DNP with MSN Program?

High Nurse Practitioner Certification Pass Rate

With the aim to cultivate effective nurse leaders, UM-Flint’s BSN-DNP with MSN online program provides excellent preparation for the Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Exam. Through our robust curriculum, you are well equipped with the knowledge and clinical experiences to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner.

Flexible Program Format: Online, Part-time/Full-time

Designed for busy working nurses, UM-Flint’s BSN to DNP with MSN program is offered in a convenient online format with minimal campus visits. Campus visits coincide with health residencies, simulation activities, and hooding and graduation ceremonies.

You may also pursue your degree on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on your availability and schedule. Reflecting our commitment to student success, UM-Flint’s Nursing faculty make themselves available to students outside the normal course schedule with flexible office hours and online availability.

Hands-on Clinical Experiences

The BSN to DNP with MSN program integrates in-depth online courses with valuable hands-on learning, allowing you to become part of the real-world healthcare team. You complete clinical practicums under the close supervision of experienced professionals and have the opportunity to develop meaningful mentorships with faculty and instructors who inspire as well as impart knowledge.

Research Opportunities & University of Michigan Resources

Our Nursing faculty members are actively involved in a wide range of relevant research projects with DNP students. You have the opportunity to pursue specific research interests while helping improve healthcare services to patients from diverse communities, cultures, and backgrounds.

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, you also have access to research resources on the UM-Dearborn and UM-Ann Arbor campuses.

I’ve always wanted to help people. I get to use science to make people’s lives better and it is fulfilling to have the knowledge to be able to provide this for patients. Completing UM-Flint’s DNP program placed me in a clinically competent position to provide quality care for my patients. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner with Ascension; I care for a panel of over 1,000 patients in collaboration with MDs and DOs. We provide top-notch preventative and acute care to a rural population.”


Ryan Petty
Doctor of Nursing Practice 2017

Ryan Petty

Online BSN to DNP with MSN Pathways

The RN to DNP and BSN to DNP pathways enable you to personalize your studies according to your educational background. Each program pathway offers a robust practice-focused curriculum that can effectively improve students’ skills needed for nursing leadership roles.

BSN to DNP with MSN

The online BSN to DNP with MSN pathway is for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing who aspire to progress into a leadership role within clinical practice. In addition to the full-time program format, the BSN to DNP with MSN track offers a part-time option ideal for working BSN RNs and new BSN graduates.

RN to DNP with MSN

The RN to DNP with MSN curricular pathway is for highly qualified practicing ADN registered nurses. This pathway offers an alternative route for RNs to achieve a Masters and Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice at UM-Flint.

In most cases, The RN to DNP with MSN curricular pathway includes 20-23 prerequisite credit hours of coursework that must be completed before starting into the MSN core courses. You can transfer courses from another institution. Please speak with advisors Brooke Michael or Tiffany Bishop for help with the transfer process.

Whether or not you have a bachelor’s degree in other non-nursing fields, you can choose one of the following RN to DNP with MSN pathways.

MSN & DNP Concentration Options

The online BSN to DNP program offers four individual concentrations to help you achieve your specific career goals. Depending on your selected concentration, you are required to complete certain clinical hours.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP) treat acute and chronic illness and guide transition back to the community and primary care providers. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Examination. The curriculum for the AGACNP concentration consists of 55 credits of core courses for the MSN or 73 credits of core courses for the MSN and DNP.

Admissions Requirements Specific to the AGACNP Concentration

  • One year of full-time experience* which would be at least 2000 hours (in 12 months) preferred in such units as ICU, CCU, Perioperative Unit/Pre-op/PACU, Step-down, Emergency departments, and other specialty units such as cath lab. Please speak with advisor Julie Westenfeld for questions related to experience hours.
  • Submission of verification of critical care experience hours is required after admission into the program.
  • We prefer that you complete your third clinical acute care practicum (NUR 861 and NUR 865) in the state of Michigan where possible. If this is not possible, our faculty will work with you to determine a solution
  • Current certification as a Basic Life Support Provider (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS)

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is a provider of primary health care services to adolescents, middle age, and older adults, emphasizing disease prevention, health promotion, and the management of patients with acute and chronic multi-system health problems. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Examination.

The curriculum for the AGPCNP concentration consists of 52 credits of core courses for the MSN or 70 credits of core courses for the MSN and DNP.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) act as the primary health care professionals to individuals, families, and groups. FNPs provide management of acute and chronic disease and emphasize health promotion and disease prevention across their patient’s lifespan. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Examination.

The curriculum for the FNP concentration consists of 52 credits of core courses for the MSN or 70 credits of core courses for the MSN and DNP.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) provides mental health services across a patient’s lifespan. These practitioners have the credentials to practice in a collaborative relationship with other mental health team members and treat mental health disorders. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certification Examination.

The curriculum for the PMHNP concentration consists of 54 credits of core courses for the MSN or 72 credits of core courses for the MSN and DNP.

Review the online BSN-DNP program curriculum.

DNP graduates can earn anywhere from $95,000 to $157,000 a year depending on their speciality and geographical location.

Further Your Nursing Career with a DNP Degree

Advancing from BSN to DNP can help you increase your nursing knowledge and leadership skills. It empowers you to pursue many additional career opportunities and improve your salary potential. DNP-prepared nurse practitioners can earn anywhere from $95,000 to $157,000 a year, depending on their specialty and geographical location. Doctor of Nursing Practitioners’ salary prospect is 50% higher than BSN-prepared registered nurses. 

DNP graduates are well prepared to work and lead in a variety of roles such as:

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in a specialized area
  • Nurse administrator 
  • Clinical researcher
  • Nurse educator

Affordability & Financial Aid

The Online BSN to DNP with MSN program offers affordable tuition rates for you to earn a respected University of Michigan degree. Financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and loans, are also available.

Are you interested in pursuing a Nursing faculty position? Through our Nurse Faculty Loan Program, you can get your school paid for while gaining the skills and expertise required of faculty in the field of Nursing.


Admission Requirements

The number of individuals admitted into the BSN to DNP with MSN program is limited. You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

BSN to DNP with MSN Applicants

  • Must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must have a current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • At least one year of RN experience is preferred.

RN to DNP with MSN Applicants

  • Must have an Associates Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with an average  GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for their last 60 credit hours. If your ADN degree does not meet the 60-credit minimum, the most recent 60 college-level credits will be considered. Please speak with advisors Brooke Michael or Tiffany Bishop regarding GPA requirements.
  • Must have a current unencumbered RN license in the United States
  • At least one year of RN experience is preferred.

State Authorization for Online Students

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to comply with the distance education laws of each 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.

How to Apply to the Online DNP with MSN program

Submit an online application below to be considered for admission to UM-Flint’s online RN or BSN to DNP with MSN program. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Graduate Programs Office.

BSN to DNP with MSN Applicants

  • Application for BSN to DNP with MSN
    • Select “first-time user account creation.”
    • Create a user name and password (this will only be used for the application).
    • Make sure to select “doctorate” from the “application-level” dropdown.
    • You will hear back about your application within one month from the application deadline.
  • $55 non-refundable application fee (receive a waiver for the application fee by attending one of our webinars)
  • Supplemental Application Form
  • Three letters of recommendation 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.

RN to DNP with MSN Applicants

All Applicants

  • Copy of current RN license (submit either a license verification printout or a photocopy of your license) 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Recently graduated UM-Flint BSN students do not need to submit transcripts unless they have taken additional classes after graduation.
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Professional Goal Statement should be a one-two page typewritten document in APA format, double-spaced. Please include:
    • Your reasons for pursuing a DNP, your professional plans and career goals, and why you want to attend UM-Flint
    • Your past nursing experiences and how they will prepare you for an advanced nursing degree 
    • 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.
    • Any special circumstances applicable to your application
    • Describe your research interests
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is an online program with mandatory on-campus meetings. Admitted students cannot obtain a student visa (F visa). International students cannot complete this program online in their home country.
  • A phone or in-person interview may be required.

Enrollment Deposit & Application Fee

Our program requires a 55 application fee. You can receive a waiver for this fee by attending one of our webinars. Once selected for admission to the BSN to DNP with 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. This enrollment deposit will be waived for students that graduated from any UM-Flint BSN program.

Campus Orientation

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


Application Deadlines

The application deadline changes are part of a curricular revision beginning in Fall 2022.

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline:

  • Fall (final deadline – FULL-TIME TRACK ONLY) – May 1 (acceptance confirmation by June 1)
  • Fall (final deadline – PART-TIME TRACK ONLY) – August 1 (acceptance confirmation by August 15)
  • Winter – August 15 (acceptance confirmation by September 15)

Academic Advising

Do you want to talk to a knowledgeable academic advisor about the Online BSN to DNP with MSN program? At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who can guide your unique educational journey. Book an appointment today.


Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career—Earn a DNP Degree!

Apply to the University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing’s Online BSN to DNP with MSN program to take your nursing expertise to the next level!

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