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  • University of Michigan (U-M) School of Nursing

    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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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 97
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited ACME Accredited
    • Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, MSN to PhD, CNS, CNM, NP, PhD, BSN-to-PhD, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    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.


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    The traditional BSN program 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. The 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

    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

    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.

    Accreditation and Approval

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate and master's nursing programs.

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

    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.

    The University of Michigan is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    The State of Michigan's Board of Nursing approved all School of Nursing programs at the baccalaureate and master's level.

    Rankings and Recognitions

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #8 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #14 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • #10 in Nurse Practitioner: Adult / Gerontology, Primary Care
    • #9 (tie) in Nurse Practitioner: Family
    • #9 in Nursing Administration
    • #27 (tie) in National Universities
    • #9 in Best Colleges for Veterans
    • #18 (tie) Best Global Universities

    NICHE (2019)

    • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #1
    • Top Public Universities in America #1
    • Best Big Colleges in America #2
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #3
    • Best College Campuses in America #9
    • Best Colleges in America #23 
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #34
    • Best Value Colleges in America #52
    • Best College Locations in America #97
    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #114
    • Most Diverse Colleges in America #169
    • Best College Dorms in America #373
    • Best College Locations in Michigan #1
    • Best Colleges in Michigan #1
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in Michigan #1
    • Best College Campuses in Michigan #1
    • Top Public Universities in Michigan #1
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in Michigan #1
    • Most Liberal Colleges in Michigan #1
    • Best Big Colleges in Michigan #1
    • Best Value Colleges in Michigan #2
    • Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan #2
    • Best Value Colleges in Detroit Area #1
    • Best Colleges in Detroit Area #1

    The University of Michigan is ranked No. 20 in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019.

    The University of Michigan ranked 28th overall in a list of universities throughout the United States. The ranking was announced by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

    The University of Michigan maintained its ranking as the top U.S. public university in the QS World University Rankings for 2018-19, and ranked 20th among all institutions on the list.

    The University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus was recognized among the best schools for veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement for 2018 by the Military Times.

    The University of Michigan is ranked No. 4 on Kiplinger's list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges (2017).

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