Mar 04, 2021  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (Master of Science in Nursing)

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2180 William S. White Building
(810) 762-3420
Fax: 810-424-5327

Associate Director for Graduate Programs: Constance Creech
Business Administrator Intermediate: Denise Shourd
Graduate Program Manager: Marcia Campbell
Clinical Coordinator: Linda Scott

Academic Advisors: Joy O’Brien
Senior Administrative Assistant: Carol Hall
Simulation Lab Technician: James McTiernan
Senior Secretary:
Laura Martin

Professors Margaret Andrews, Marilyn McFarland; Associate Professors Constance Creech, Hiba Wehbe-Alamah; Assistant Professors Marilyn Filter, Judy Haefner, Barbara Hollie, Megan Keiser, Barbara Kupferschmid, Marsha Lesley, Margie Murray-Wright, Helene Vossos; Lecturer III Christina Aplin-Kalisz; Lecturer II Kathleen Fisher, Patricia Hanson, Mary Killeen, Daniel Streetman Lecturer I Mary Jo Boyle, Marilyn Eipperle, Youvalanda Frencher, Diane Gutchak, Mary Keane, Avni Shah, Denise Will; Intermittent Lecturer Charles Johnston, Jenny LaChance, John Thornburg; Adjunct Clinical Lecturer Beth Ammerman, Youvalanda Frencher, Diane Gutchak, Gerri Hagadon-Szakal, Ree Ann Slagor, Diane Towers; Associate Professor Emerita Janet Barnfather

This program is currently only accepting a limited number of new students into the full-time and part-time program. Family Nurse Practitioner concentration only. 

Students are admitted for the winter semester only.  Priority will be given to those not already accepted or enrolled in an accredited nurse practitioner program.

The University of Michigan-Flint’s School of Health Professions and Studies offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), which provides the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced nursing practice in primary health care. As Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) the graduates: (1) make independent and collaborative health care decisions; (2) engage in clinical practice as expert clinicians who use theory and evidence-based practice to perform history and physical exams, interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests, treat common illnesses and injuries, prescribe medications (in accordance with state practice laws) and evaluate outcomes; (3) demonstrate leadership as consultants, educators, researchers; and administrators, and (4) participate in legislative and professional activities to promote professional advancement and health related social policies.

Career opportunities for APRNs are continually expanding and include positions in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health care agencies, schools, universities, industry, nursing homes, wellness centers, employee health programs, physicians’ office practices, community mental health agencies, public health agencies, acute care facilities and private practice.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)


Family nurse practitioners are primary health care providers. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), they provide nursing and medical services to individuals, families and groups, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention across the life span. The FNP synthesizes theoretical, scientific and contemporary clinical knowledge in the management of acute and chronic diseases or treatment and wellness promotion of minor injuries. Services include, but are not limited to, history and physical examinations, ordering of appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescription of pharmacologic agents and treatments, and nonpharmacologic therapies. Teaching and counseling individuals, families and groups are major parts of a nurse practitioner’s activities. Family nurse practitioners work autonomously, as well as in collaboration with a variety of individuals, to diagnose and manage clients’ health care problems as well as to provide anticipatory guidance and developmental assessments for pediatric patients. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.


The department of nursing is committed to providing quality education to diverse students in pursuit of excellence in nursing practice, leadership and scholarship. A student centered approach and a focus on evidence based and culturally competent care are the foundation for theoretical and clinical learning experiences. Interprofessional, local and global partnerships influence our commitment to health and wellbeing for all people.

The Department of Nursing participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at


Graduate Program Values Statement

The graduate program faculty promote the mission and vision of the University of Michigan-Flint and Department of Nursing by supporting the further development of the knowledge and skills to find, critically appraise, and use the best evidence in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service within the context of understanding human and cultural diversity. The mission is carried out in part by faculty maintaining clinical expertise, academic excellence, and sensitivity to our partners in the diverse communities we serve.

The Graduate Program Mission Statement is consistent with the University of Michigan-Flint Mission Statement and the School of Health Professions and Studies Mission Statement, and the Department of Nursing Mission Statement. The curriculum supports the further development of critical thinking, humanistic and scientific inquiry, and understanding human and cultural diversity. There is a focus on the health problems and issues in local, state, national, and international areas. The design of the program provides for asynchronous and synchronous online learning and individual attention to students through electronic, phone, and face-to-face communication and the use of local clinical preceptors. The graduate program strengthens university collaboration with many health care institutions and providers in local, regional, national, and international areas. It will also strengthen the current face-to-face BSN and online RN-BSN programs by providing an atmosphere of advanced practice nursing, clinical implementation research, and scholarly inquiry. Additionally, we strongly encourage our undergraduate students to participate, when possible, in clinical research projects in the graduate program as well as to apply for graduate study. We believe that the undergraduate programs will also be strengthened by the willingness of its faculty to utilize their expertise in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission applications must be completed by April 1.  Students are admitted for the Winter semester only.  Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for admission:

  1. Current unencumbered RN license in the United States.
  2. 3 credit college-level chemistry with grade of C (2.0) or better.
  3. 3 credit college-level statistics with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  4. Completion of an application for Graduate Admission, to include:
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of current RN license
  • Professional Goal Statement
  • Three complete recommendation forms
  • Supplemental Application
Additional Requirements for the BSN to MSN Pathway
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college or university with an overall undergraduate GPA 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, 3.5 for graduate work.
Additional Requirements for the Nurse Practitioner RN/MSN Curricular Pathway with other Non-Nursing Bachelor’s Degree
Additional Requirements for the Nurse Practitioner RN/MSN Curricular Pathway

Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP programs at University of Michigan-Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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