About the Program

As a nurse practitioner, you become a unique licensed independent practitioner within the constellation of advanced practice nurses. Nurse practitioners assess and manage both medical and nursing problems in a variety of settings. You will serve as the primary care provider and consult and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide quality comprehensive care for individuals, families, and communities in a variety of ambulatory and inpatient settings.

Your responsibilities as a nurse practitioner include: taking histories; conducting physical examinations; ordering, performing, and interpreting appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests; and prescribing pharmacological agents, treatments, and non-pharmacological therapies for the management of the conditions you diagnose.

For more information about the MSN program, please view this informational webinar produced by the Office of Graduate Programs, which provides details related to admission requirements, application steps, and program curriculum.



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 an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (3.5 for graduate work)
Current unencumbered RN license in the United States
Three or more credits in college-level statistics with grade of "C" or better
At least one year RN experience preferred

*Admission is also possible for Registered Nurses with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. Faculty are piloting a path for admission of ADN-prepared Registered Nurses without a bachelor's degree. In addition to the requirements above, RNs seeking admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program who do not already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing must complete prerequisites before beginning graduate coursework. For more information, please contact Julie Westenfeld at jyankee@umich.edu.


Application Process:

Please consult the Graduate Programs website for details regarding the MSN application process.



IMPORTANT:  Prior to enrolling in an online program leading to licensure by another state, it is important that students check with the appropriate state agency to verify eligibility to take licensing exams at the conclusion of the UM-Flint program.


Program Costs:

Students admitted to the MSN program will incur costs including, but not limited to, those associated with clinical/health requirements, textbooks, clinical/laboratory supplies, lab coats, transportation to and from clinical sites, and fees associated with clinical placements. Tuition for the MSN program can be found under Graduate Tuition. 



Please consult the UM-Flint Catalog for an official listing of the program curriculum.

There will be a full-time, 5-semester MSN curriculum and a part-time, 11-semester MSN curriculum. 


DNP and MSN Comparison

Both the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepare nurses to be licensed nurse practitioners; the following table compares the two programs:

Criteria DNP MSN
Credit Hours 67-78 51
Time to Completion 4 years full time / 6-7 years part time 5 semesters full time / 11 semesters part time
Course Work Load Full time and part time available Full time and part time available
Course Types Online, plus minimal campus visits Online, plus minimal campus visits
Grant Funding* Nurse Faculty Loan Program and Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Transfer/Waiver of Credits Up to 6 credits for MSN to DNP, 12 credits for BSN to DNP Up to 9 credits
Admission Term Fall Winter
Concentrations AGNP, FNP, ACNP, PMHNP FNP
Students Accepted Each Year Up to 60 {15 per concentration} 20 students full time + 10 students part time
Degree Awarded DNP MSN

Grant funding is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Expansion (ANEE) initiative, a $30 million, five-year investment, aimed at increasing the number of primary care nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives.