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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Nursing (BSN to DNP with MSN)

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The University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing offers unique learning experiences and pathways for RNs and BSN-prepared nurses who desire to become nurse practitioners.  With one application, students can apply to the BSN to DNP with MSN program and be eligible for both MSN and DNP degrees.  The program allows a student to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree as a nurse practitioner in one of four specialty concentrations, to sit for the corresponding board certification exam, and to practice as a nurse practitioner while continuing to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  After conferment of the MSN, a student can complete the DNP degree in as little as one year, while excelling as a DNP-prepared scholar in practice.

The DNP program prepares nurse practitioners as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who are practice experts in the care of individuals and families as well as leaders, policy makers and scholars who strive to improve patient quality of care and system outcomes.  Students have the opportunity to select a specialty in outpatient (family or gerontology), acute, or psychiatric mental health care. The School of Nursing will make an effort to offer all four concentration areas each year. However, the Graduate Nursing program reserves the right to delay the offering of specialty clinical courses until minimum enrollment levels are met.

The University of Michigan-Flint Doctor of Nursing Practice program is CCNE-accredited, and was developed using multiple industry and certification criteria.  The program is taught in a distance-learning (online) format with campus visits approximately once per semester.

The program is also offered as a Nursing Practice/Business Administration (Dual DNP/MBA)  dual degree program.

Licensed nurse practitioners seeking to certify as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner can apply to the Post-Graduate certificate program.  

Admission Information

The Graduate Programs Office serves as the primary source of information for all prospective graduate students, providing detailed guidance and resources to facilitate the application process.  Up-to-date and comprehensive details regarding admissions procedures, requirements and deadlines can be found on the program page on the Graduate Programs website.

Transfer of Credit

Up to twelve (12) credits of graduate coursework completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer or waiver into the DNP program.  A maximum of nine (9) credits can be counted toward the MSN degree.

Time Limit for Degree Completion

All requirements must be completed within seven calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.

Academic Rules and Regulations

See the School of Nursing (SON)  and Graduate Study  sections of this Catalog for academic rules and regulations pertaining to graduate programs offered by the School.


For the BSN-prepared student, a total of 70-73 credits is required dependent on the concentration: 52-55 credits for the MSN, and an additional 18 credits for the DNP.

A minimum grade of B (3.0) is required in each course.

A part-time track is available; contact the Graduate Academic Advisor for further information.

Non-BSN Prerequisites (17-20 credits)

Students without a BSN degree must complete the following undergraduate courses within two years of admission to the RN to DNP program. All courses must be completed at UM-Flint; any exceptions must be discussed with the advisor.

MSN Curriculum (52-55 credits)

Upon completion of the following coursework, the MSN degree is conferred, and students may sit for the nurse practitioner board certification exam and practice in their new nurse practitioner roles.

Emphasis Area (15-18 credits)

One of the following areas of emphasis:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (18 credits)

The AGACNP provides coordination and continuity of care for acute and chronic illness and guides transition back to the community and primary care providers. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (15 credits)

The AGPCNP is a provider of primary health care services to adolescents, middle age, and older adults with emphasis on 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 certification examination.

Family Nurse Practitioner (15 Credits)

The FNP is a primary health care professional who provides management of acute and chronic disease to individuals, families and groups, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

DNP Completion Curriculum (18 credits)

Upon conferment of the MSN degree, students can move on to the DNP coursework:

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