University of Michigan - Flint Review

University of Michigan-Flint offers two online nursing degrees, including an accelerated master's in nursing and a doctorate of nursing practice. The program only accepts a limited number of applicants once per year, making it one of the most competitive.

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The Good

Doctor of Nursing Practice degree offers four concentrations

The University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint) offers an online doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree that consists of four different areas of concentration. The focus areas include adult gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and adult gerontology acute care. Most online DNP degrees have limited choices of specialities, so four choices is considered a wide selection that can accommodate a number of nursing career aspirations. If you have a masters in nursing degree (MSN), the part-time program will take you two to four years and consist of 31-33 total credits. If you only have a bachelor’s of science in nursing, you are also able to enter the program, but it will require you to take 79-82 credits and it will take you four years at the part-time pace.

Accelerated master's of nursing program

The master’s in nursing (MSN) online degree at UM-Flint is an accelerated, 16-month degree program. You will need to enroll in the program as a full-time student, as a part-time pace is not available for an accelerated degree. The accelerated MSN degree offers the speciality of adult gerontological primary nurse practitioner, and there are no other concentrations or MSN degree paces available in an online format. The online MSN program limits the amount of required visits, but you must attend a total of six to eight campus session during your time in the program. A total of five practicums can be arrange near your own area of residence for your convenience.

Affordable tuition rates

UM-Flint is a part of the renowned University of Michigan system, and while students at this campus may not be at the main campus in Ann Arbor, they do receive the benefit of branch campus tuition rates, which happen to be very economical. Additionally, the online nursing program at UM-Flint has received major grant funding from the advanced nursing education expansion initiative, and is part of a five year investment that aims to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners by providing students with generous stipends. The grant funding has already been allocated to current incoming students, but if you consider how highly ranked and well-respected the nursing program is at UM-Flint, it would not be surprising to see more funding grants come their way.

Transfer credits allowed for DNP program

The online DNP program at UM-Flint allows you to apply transfer up to nine credits to the degree program. This can be a huge advantage if you are pursuing the degree on the BSN track and took master’s level nursing coursework at another school before deciding on the DNP degree at UM-Flint. In order to transfer the coursework, the credits must not have been used to earn a degree at another school and they must be relevant to the DNP program’s coursework. Not many online nursing programs accept transfer credits for advanced degrees, such as the DNP. Unfortunately, the online MSN program at UM-Flint does not accept transfer credits, but only because it is an accelerated program with a set schedule of classes.

The Bad

New students admitted only once per year

UM-Flint has one of the top rated online nursing programs, but the program only accepts students once per year. New students to the accelerated online MSN degree can only start the program in the winter semester each year, while new students to the online DNP degree are admitted each fall semester. Most online nursing program offer multiple start dates per academic year, so having only one entry point to the program can be a major limitation if you were hoping to start your schooling as soon as possible. Additionally, each program only accepts a limited number of applicants, so if you are left on a waiting list, you may have a long time to wait out until the next admission term comes around.

Some on-campus visits required for MSN students

Online students in the accelerated MSN degree will have to travel to campus several times over the course of the 16-month program. It is estimated that there will be six to eight on-campus sessions that you will have to attend while enrolled in the program, with each visit lasting two days. There are other online nursing programs that have on-campus components, but many other schools limit the number of sessions to usually two or four total. It is common for some schools to require and on-campus orientation at the start of a program, or an on-campus session for a degree capstone event near the end of your program, but up to eight visits in a little over a year is more than what most nursing programs demand.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2010-2011
  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Application Fee: $55
  • Location: MI
  • Number of Graduate Nursing Programs: 2
  • Region: Midwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (per Credit)

  • In-State: $499
  • Out-of-State: $748


  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice


  • Adult Nurse Practitioner


  • N/A

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 13%
  • Average Student Age: 35
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.90
  • Gender Ratio: 87.5% female, 12.5% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 25
  • Total Enrollment: 16


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: N/A
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 9
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 12

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 0%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 0%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 92%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 94%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): N/A

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 1
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 100/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 50
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 80/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 27
  • Student Engagement Score: 78/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 76
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 48/100

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