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Advanced Clinical Pathway

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The advanced clinical pathway at UMSN consists of MSN programs and a post-baccalaureate DNP program. 

MSN Programs

UMSN offers a variety of programs to choose from so you can pursue your clinical interest. All of our programs emphasize knowledge, judgment and skills, as well as prepare you to function in multiple care settings. 

Acute, Primary and Family Care


Midwifery Accreditation

The University of Michigan Master's Degree midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).
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Since 2012, the pass rate for taking the exam the first time has been 100%. To date, all students who have taken the American Midwifery Certification Board exam after graduation from our program have successfully passed. Graduation rates are below.
Academic year cohortGraduation rate
2010-2011 64%
2014-2015Available in December 2016

Post-Baccalaureate DNP Program

The University of Michigan's seamless pathway to the DNP gives BSN-prepared students an exceptional learning experience. We prepare expert nurse clinicians and leaders to perform at the most advanced level of their specialties.
The program’s engaging, clinically focused approach helps nurses translate evidence into practice. As a result, graduates are highly sought after by top employers and are equipped and inspired to make a meaningful impact on health outcomes.
In addition to completing curriculum requirements for the chosen clinical specialty, BSN-DNP students complete the below curriculum. The courses are integrated throughout the curriculum plan in a three year or four year model. Sequence of courses will vary in the beginning of the program depending on your chosen clinical specialty, however the final year in the program is the same for all students regardless of specialty. This final year includes courses N910, N960, and N955. 



Program Focus

This degree program prepares student to be reflective practitioners, clinical experts and leaders in the scholarship of nursing practice, with an emphasis on accessing, evaluating and translating evidence for optimizing health outcomes and health care delivery. Graduates integrate scholarly inquiry and advanced analytic skills that facilitate competency-based mastery necessary for specialty certification as a nurse practitioner. Graduates have the leadership knowledge and skills to full engage in interdisciplinary teams that promote innovative approaches to complex health care problems. Importantly, our program suppors students in their role development with mentorship and shaping a portfolio of projects that impact practice within their chosen specialty. Specialty certification options include nurse practitioner roles in primary care and acute care setting and with populations ranging from newborns to older adults.

Clinical Specialties for the post-baccalaureate DNP

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 
  • Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (four year program only)

Program Objectives

The objectives of the post-baccalaureate DNP program are to prepare graduates to:
  • Demonstrate specialty competencies needed for nursing practice at the highest level.
  • Design and evaluate patient and system level interventions based on integration of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing and related disciplines.
  • Evaluate and translate evidence to optimize health outcomes and care delivery.
  • Apply interprofessional frameworks to create innovative solutions to complex health problems.
  • Effectively use information systems and patient-centered technology to deliver and improve patient care.
  • Provide leadership and advocacy to inform health policy and systems of health care that provide compassionate, ethical, and socially responsive care.


A total of 500 hours are required, usually dispersed as 250 hours per term for two terms.

Scholarly Project

The scholarly project requirement will demonstrate the skill sets that enable leadership and expertise to improve clinical practice, evaluate the impact of practice change, and inform practice standards and policies as well as health policy. Projects will focus on clinical practice problems and/or organizational systems, and the promotion of effective, efficient and accessible care for individuals, groups, or populations. In conducting the scholarly project, students will articulate the state of the science in an identified area of inquiry, apply methods of scholarly inquiry consistent with identified area of interest, and synthesize and disseminate results of inquiry in an oral presentation and final written report or manuscript. Potential projects may include: quality improvement (care processes, patient outcomes); system modification for quality improvement processes; develop, implement and/or evaluate evidence based practice guidelines or health care policy; conduct financial analyses to compare care models and potential cost savings.


In addition to completing curriculum requirements for the chosen specialty, BSN-DNP students complete the below curriculum. Sequence of courses will depend on a number of factor, including chosen specialty. Please contact an advisor for information tailored to your situation. 

  • N800 Analytics for DNP Scholarship (3 credits)
  • N803 Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (1 credit)
  • N815 Quality and Safety (3 credits)
  • N825 Critical Appraisal for DNP Scholarly Inquiry (3 credits)
  • N832 Clinical Leadership for Effective Resource Management (3 credits)
  • N910 Translation, Implementation, Effectiveness (3 credits)
  • N960 Capstone Residency and Seminar I (6 credits)
  • N965 Capstone Residency and Seminar II (6 credits)