Pursue Your Dream of Becoming a Nurse Practitioner
If you’re pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at UM-Flint, smooth your path to becoming a nurse practitioner by applying for Early Assurance Admission into the DNP with MSN program.
This innovative learning experience integrates in-depth online courses with hands-on clinical practicums where you work under the close supervision of experienced professionals. You can take classes either full-time or part-time, depending on what’s best for you as a busy working nurse. You only have to visit campus about once per semester.
Upon graduation from the program, you’ll have two degrees: Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice. Together, the two degrees open a world of opportunities for you.
In the MSN part of the program, you choose one specialty concentration from four options:
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
After you complete the 53-55 credits required for the master’s degree, you’re eligible to sit for the appropriate nurse practitioner certification exam and begin practicing. Then you need just 18 more credits to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree – something you can accomplish in as little as one year. Detailed information about the DNP with MSN curriculum is available on the School of Nursing website.
Admission to the DNP with MSN program is competitive. That’s why Early Assurance Admission is so important. With Early Assurance Admission and successful completion of your BSN, you’re guaranteed a seat in the DNP with MSN program.
Students in four University of Michigan-Flint BSN programs are eligible to apply for Early Assurance Admission into the DNP with MSN program:
- Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Online RN to BSN Completion Degree
All UM-Flint School of Nursing degree and certificate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
How Early Assurance Admission Works
Before you can apply for Early Assurance Admission into the DNP with MSN program, you must do two things:
- Discuss your plan to apply with your undergraduate academic advisor in the School of Nursing. We provide contact information below.
- Successfully complete part of your BSN program:
- Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing: All courses up to one year before graduation.
- Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Two semesters in the program, not counting pre-nursing courses.
- Online RN to BSN Completion Degree: Four courses – NSC 180, NUR 300, NUR 307, and NUR 316 – with a grade of B+ or higher.
Be sure to apply as soon as you complete the requirement.
Apply by the Deadline
There are two deadlines each year to apply for Early Assurance Admission into the DNP with MSN program: Dec. 1 and April 1. You’ll also need to fill out the Graduate Application for Admission, the Graduate Nursing Programs Supplemental Application Form, and anything else required and ensure that you submit everything by the appropriate deadlines.
Scholarships for Nursing Students
More than a dozen scholarships at the University of Michigan-Flint are specifically for nursing students. They’re made possible through generous donations to the School of Nursing. In addition, our Office of Financial Aid offers a broad range of general financial assistance that includes scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities.
Academic Advising for Nursing Majors
If you want to become a nurse practitioner, you should talk now to your undergraduate academic advisor in the School of Nursing. That’s true even if you’re not yet eligible to apply for Early Assurance Admission into the DNP with MSN program.
Your advisor can discuss your plans, help you choose courses and activities that will strengthen your application, answer any questions you have about filling it out, guide you through the process of applying to UM-Flint graduate school, and more. Here’s a list of dedicated nursing advisors by program:
- Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
- Online RN to BSN Completion Degree:
You can schedule an appointment with any of the academic advisors at go.umflint.edu/UMFlintSONadvising. Appointments are available in person, by phone, or virtually.
Career Opportunities for Nurse Practitioners
Demand for nurse practitioners is expected to remain strong, especially as the nation’s population continues to age. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks job prospects for hundreds of occupations, groups nurse practitioners with nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives in its statistics:
- Job growth through 2030: 45 percent
- Job openings annually through 2030: 29,400
- Typical entry-level education required: Master’s degree
- Median annual salary: $122,780
In gauging job prospects it’s also useful to look at statistics for physician assistants, whose jobs are similar to those of nurse practitioners:
- Job growth through 2030: 31 percent
- Job openings annually through 2030: 12,200
- Typical entry-level education required: Master’s degree
- Median annual salary: $121,530
Get Started on Your Nurse Practitioner Career Today
If you’ve progressed far enough in your BSN program at UM-Flint to qualify, apply today for Early Assurance Admission into the DNP with MSN program. If not, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor today so you can have everything ready when you’re eligible to apply.