University of Michigan (U-M) School of Nursing | 96% NCLEX Pass Rates

For over 125 years, The University of Michigan School of Nursing has remained committed to the demands of an ever-changing healthcare system by providing the finest quality undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs.

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  • Programs PhD, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CNS, CNM, Other
  • Location Ann Arbor, MI
  • Telephone 1-734-763-5985
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History of the University of Michigan School of Nursing

The University of Michigan (U-M), a public institution, was founded in 1817.  In 1873, the United States started offering professional nursing education. By 1900, there were already over 400 schools for nursing throughout the nation. Over time, there was a spread to Michigan and in 1891, in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Training School for Nurses was organized.

At the time of the school organization, there were only six students granted admission. The school was directed by Jane Pettigrew, a trained nurse who was pursuing medical studies. Back then, hospitals used students as staff so ... with the idea of becoming an educated nurse as a secondary option, patients had someone to take care of them.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The traditional BSN program at the U-M School of Nursing is focused on a 4-year program for undergrads. There is a theoretical classroom study along with clinical hands-on experience.

Students are accepted directly from the outside as well as sophomore transfers from other other colleges and universities. The students who transfer can begin the program by taking one required course in the summer prior to their sophomore year.

"Can the four-year traditional Bachelor of Science (BSN) program be accelerated?"
No, this program is not an accelerated BSN program.

MSN and Post-Baccalaureate DNP (Advanced Clinical Path)

Clinical Specialties for the Post-baccalaureate DNP 

  1. Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  2. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 
  3. Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  4. Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  5. Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
  6. Nurse Midwifery

MSN and Post-Master's DNP (Systems, Populations & Leadership Path)

Focus areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Leadership
  • Population Health

Post-Masters DNP Residency

DNP students must meet a residency requirement of a minimum 1,000 hours of advanced clinical experience. Up to 500 of these hours may be counted from the students prior Master's degree work.

Scholarly Project

DNP candidates are required to create a scholarly project that includes a synthesis of the student’s abilities, lay the groundwork for future practice scholarship and prove mastery of an advanced practice specialty.

"Are the MSN and post-baccalaureate programs offered online?"
No, this curriculum is not based online. On-campus requirements will vary. Most programs have some web-blended courses.

"Is the GRE required for admission to the U-M School of Nursing?"
For those applying to a master’s program, the GRE is only required if your cumulative undergraduate BSN GPA was below a 3.25. If your undergraduate final cumulative BSN GPA was 3.25 or above, the GRE requirement does not apply to you. The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires a minimum cumulative BSN GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs.

"I earned a Bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. Can I be considered for admission to a masters or doctoral program at the School of Nursing?"
The U-M School of Nursing does not offer a masters or doctoral program for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field.

PhD (Research Path)

The PhD program is open to post-baccalaureate or post-master’s applicants.

Research Areas

  1. Health Promotion
  2. Chronic Illness Care
  3. Effectiveness Science
  4. Vulnerable Populations

Students must keep their student status as full time, be expected to submit a National Research Service Award (NRSA) or equivalent training grant by the end of the second year of study, and remain in good academic standing to retain the funding package.

Graduate Study Concentrations

Global Health Concentration

This concentration is offered to students in any Master's or DNP program.

The Global Health Concentration is for those who are interested in global health issues. There will be an opportunity for practical field experience. Requirements for admission includes completion of two additional classes and a substantive overseas internship or service. Serving in the Peace Corps may fulfill this overseas requirement.

Occupational Health Nursing Concentration

This concentration is offered as an extension of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN or Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner MSN programs and contains all content and clinical experiences required for certification as an Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner and as an Occupational Health Nurse including over 500 hours of supervised practicum experience in primary care and occupational health services.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs can be completed in less time than an academic degree program, but individual requirements vary.

Certificate in Health Informatics:  Both nurses and non-nurses can earn a Certificate in Health Informatics with completion of just 16 credits in a web-blended curriculum, which also prepares students to be eligible to sit for multiple informatics certification exams.

Staff Nurse EBP Certificate Program:  The program is solely online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences to help lay a solid foundation to continue to use Evidence-Base Practice as part of their learning.

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education (CNE):  This certificate is designed for individuals who seek to become instructors or teachers in the field of nursing. The CNE program is only available to those who have already completed a master's or doctoral program as well as students now enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at U-M.

Post-Master's Advanced Practice Certificates:  These certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed a master's or doctoral program but also can include any student currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at U-M. Options include: adult-gerontology acute care NP, adult-gerontology CNS, acute care pediatric NP, adult-gerontology primary care NP, primary care family NP, nurse midwife, and primary care pediatric NP.


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited and the State of Michigan’s Board of Nursing approved all School of Nursing programs at the baccalaureate and master's level.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the U-M School of Nursing is accredited through June 30, 2019, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Nurse-Midwifery Master's Programs

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited the Nurse Midwifery Master's Degree (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Post Master's option.


U-M School of Nursing was named a top graduate nursing school by QS World ranking 7th worldwide.

The post-Master's DNP program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing is ranked 10th in the nation according to the US News and World Report.

US News and World Report stated among the master's specialty programs ranked individually by the publication for 2017, the University of Michigan School of Nursing earned high rankings for several programs including:

  • Nurse Midwifery, 1st
  • Nursing Administration, 6th
  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, 9th
  • Nursing Informatics, 10th
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, 13th
  • Family Nurse Practitioner, 14th

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  1. Anonymous
    May 15, '17, 10:47 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 4 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: BSN, MSN
    Classes: On Campus, Online
    Graduation: 2015
    Focus: Advanced Practice

    My Experience

    BSN, the program was a little disorganized at the beginning but improved with time. The best thing was I was able to start as a freshman and it was a 4 year nursing program. Class size was about 100 at the time and included nursing classes all 4 years. Nice sim lab and good clinical placements. Did not help with job placement at graduation. Passed NCLEX on first try, all exams were NCLEX style questions. For Master's program all core classes were combined with all graduate nursing programs- sometimes this was beneficial, sometimes not. Core classes became quite large and not personalized- simply group projects with the majority of students commuting. Specialized classes were detailed, in depth, small and personalized.

    About The Staff

    Professors were helpful- at times had not practiced in acute care currently TAs- very helpful and supportive, much more involved in current care practices Financial aid was not available to be as an undergraduate, graduate program had many good scholarships. Graduate school they placed me in 99% of clinicals which is very hard to come by these days!!

    Things To Know

    Very happy with my education here, hospital is top rate and provides excellent clinical placements.

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