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Academic Programs

U-M School of Nursing academic environment is a staging ground for nursing leaders in current and changing health care systems. Critical study of theory, cutting-edge curriculum, state-of-the-art technology, authorship of research, advanced clinical practice, and mentored leadership in complex organizations are all part of a UMSN education.
Our degree programs are structured as pathways to careers in advanced clinical practice, leadership in health care organizations, informatics and population health, and research. Apply for one of our programs. 

Choose Your Path

DNP-prepared nurses are able to: provide advanced clinical care, lead interdisciplinary teams of health professionals, translate research findings into clinical practice norms, and manage complex health care systems.
MSN prepared nurses from this program lead in a variety of complex organizations and environments to improve health outcomes. Focus areas are leadership; health informatics; and population health. Post-Master's DNP graduates are prepared to translate evidence into practice in a variety of complex settings, such as health systems, communities, and primary care. Graduates lead changes in health care delivery and public policy that have important impact on health outcomes.
PhD-prepared nurses are able to: conduct basic science, study the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of health, inform and advise on nursing practice and policy, and contribute to the further development of nursing theory.
BSN-prepared nurses are able to provide superb bedside care, work in teams with physicians and other health professionals, provide health education, and implement health and safety policies and procedures.


 We offer a number of concentrations in our undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Certificate Options

Continuous professional learning is possible with our certificate options.

Overall Objectives of Degree Programs

Consistent with the School's Philosophy of Nursing, our 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

Teaching and Learning Statement

The University of Michigan School of Nursing believes that active participation of the students in the learning process leads to better understanding of concepts, reinforces retention of knowledge and builds the foundation for life-long professional learning. The school fosters the use of innovative, experimental and emerging pedagogies and technologies to engage students in the learning process. To achieve its goals the school has developed flexible physical and virtual learning spaces and a highly integrated information technology support system. The aim is to facilitate creative teaching and learning activities for faculty and students through the use of technology, community and global outreach.