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. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • 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 U-M School of Nursing offers a direct entry, 4 year BSN program for undergrads that starts in the Fall term. This program offers theoretical study, along with roughly 1000 hours of clinical experience. You can explore more information about the U-M BSN program here.

The U-M School of Nursing also offers a transfer option for students who have taken college courses at other colleges or institutions. If admitted, students start at the sophomore level, with 3 years to complete their BSN. Students transfer in a maximum of 40 credits, which includes the required prerequisite courses. If admitted, students begin the program during the Summer term.

Both programs are intended for students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. The program is not an accelerated BSN program.

Students are accepted directly from the outside as well as sophomore transfers from 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.


On-Campus MSN and Post-Baccalaureate DNP

Clinical Specialties

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 
  • Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Midwifery/Primary Care Family NP combined
  • Midwifery/Primary Care Pediatric NP combined

Online MSN

Clinical Specialties

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP MSN
  • Primary Care Family NP MSN

Students in the online clinical MSN specialties will complete a majority of their coursework online, with a three-day on-campus experience required once per semester.

Leadership, Analytics & Innovation MSN

The Leadership, Analytics & Innovation MSN program is offered in an online format, with a four-day on-campus experience required once per year.  The program is developed and taught by University of Michigan School of Nursing faculty researchers specializing in informatics, evidence-based practice and health analytics and a host of former chief nursing executives.

Post-Master's DNP

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 student's 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?
The U-M School of Nursing offers the Family NP and adult-gerontology primary care NP MSN programs in an online format.  Students in these programs will complete a majority of coursework online, with a three-day on-campus experience required once per semester.  All other advanced practice MSN specialties and all post-baccalaureate DNP programs are on-campus, with some core courses being offered online or in a hybrid format.

Is the GRE required for admission to the U-M School of Nursing?
The GRE exam is not required for admission into the MSN and DNP 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 include 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.

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 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 in an advanced practice area. Options include: adult-gerontology acute care 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, 2029, 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 (2022)

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

Ann Arbor is ranked as 2021's Best College City (HubWallet, 2021)

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 2022 and ranked 22nd among all institutions on the list.

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

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