The master's programs offered by U-M's School of Nursing form the staging ground for nursing leaders in current and emerging health care systems. Critical study of theory, a cutting-edge curriculum relying on the most current findings, challenging clinical practice that starts semester one, authoring groundbreaking research that uses state-of-the art technology - our scholarly and specialized graduates live up to the title of "the leaders and best."
Within the learning process, we value and support the development of a multi-cultural perspective which we believe prepares our advanced degree nurses to practice in the care of diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities regardless of care setting. Additionally, we encourage proficient utilization of research findings; students complete coursework in inferential statistics and research methods, eventually creating, executing, and analyzing their own scientific study in a subject related to their particular interests in the field of nursing.
Objectives of the Master’s Degree Program
Consistent with the School's Philosophy of Nursing, the master's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to:
- Expand knowledge and expertise in a specialty area of nursing
- Investigate various theories related to the practice of nursing
- Examine health issues and care delivery systems with regard to their implications for nursing
- Evaluate nursing roles and their articulation with other health care roles in the planning and delivery of health care
- Gain advanced knowledge in related physical, social and behavioral sciences and humanities
- Develop abilities in facilitating collegial relationships in the planning and delivery of health care and conduct of collaborative research
- Engage in directed scholarly study
- Develop knowledge and skills in planning and implementing data/evidence-based change in nursing practice and health care delivery systems
- Assume leadership roles in clinical nursing, teaching, or management, from a strong theory, evidence, and practice base
- Develop skills in analyzing the social, political, ethical, technological, economic, and professional issues and their implications for nurses, nursing, and health care
- Value the diversity of people of different genders, sexual orientation, ages, races, cultures, religions, nationalities, and beliefs and the ways in which these affect health and health care delivery
With the range of master's programs available, it is important to consider the different career tracks available. Download a CNS to NP Comparison Matrix
to better understand Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) education and professional roles/responsibilities.
The University of Michigan School of Nursing is partnered with the University's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (commonly known as "Rackham") to offer master's and post-master's certificate programs. Prior to applying, please take note of the program title of interest as this information will be required in the application. Please Note - Applicants may only apply for one program of interest and one term of admission consideration.
Acute, Critical & Long-Term Care Masters (MS) Program Options:
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs
The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
programs focus on the care of patients with complex health problems including adults with acute/critical and chronic illness and provides clinical preparation of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialists with a strong foundation in pathophysiology, pharmacology, evidence-based management of complex patient problems, and leadership within the health care system.
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
program focuses on the care of infants, children and adolescents with complex health including acute/critical and chronic illness and provides clinical preparation of Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners with a strong foundation in pathophysiology, pharmacology, evidence-based management of complex patient problems, and leadership within the health care system.
Health Promotion & Risk Reduction Masters (MS) Program Options:
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program is b
ased on an understanding of health sciences theory and clinical preparation that shapes knowledge, judgment, and skills deemed necessary to provide primary health care management, health promotion, and disease prevention to adolescents and adults.
Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Program
The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
program provides students with the skills needed to deliver cutting edge, community-based primary health care to individuals and families across the lifespan, placing strong emphasis on health promotion as well as the development of positive health behaviors as they pertain to diverse groups at different developmental and age stages.
Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
The Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
program relies on framework of adolescent development, within which students learn to implement relevant health promotion interventions in children, assess, diagnose and manage minor acute and chronic health conditions in children, and educate children and families about positive child health practices.
program is based on an understanding of health sciences theory and clinical preparation that shapes knowledge, judgment, and skills deemed necessary to provide primary health care management to women and newborns.
Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner Program
The Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner
program combines the Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwife programs to trains nurses capable both of midwife care and primary care across the lifespan. This program is especially well-suited to nurses looking to practice in rural or international settings.
Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program
The Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
program combines the Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwife programs to trains nurses capable both of midwife care and primary pediatric care. Pediatric Nurse Midwives continue to care for the mother while also providing primary care for her child throughout adolescence.
Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science Masters:
Post-Masters (MS) Certificate Options:
The Post-Masters Certificate programs prepare nurses who have previously earned a Master’s degree in nursing or are currently enrolled in a Master's in Nursing program with additional advanced practice skills in leading and managing health in a different focus area than the original Masters.
Post-Masters Certificate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Certificate Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Post-Masters Certificate Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Certificate Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Certificate Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Certificate Nurse Midwife
Post-Masters Certificate Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Masters Certificate Nursing Education