Academics

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. 

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 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 translate evidence into practice in settings such as health systems, communities, and primary care. Graduates lead changes in health care delivery and public policy.
 
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.

Concentrations

 Undergraduate and graduate students can add a concentration to their degree program. We offer concentrations in global health and occupational health nursing.

Global Health Concentration

This concentration is offered to students in any master's or DNP program. The global health concentration is designed to educate students about global health issues and provide an opportunity for practical field experience. The concentration promotes multidisciplinary prevention over treatment and community-based service over institutional care. 

Requirements are to complete two additional classes and a substantive overseas internship or service. Serving in the Peace Corps may fulfill this overseas requirement. 

For more information, speak to the global affairs advisor or an academic advisor

Occupational Health Nursing Concentration

This concentration is offered to students in the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner MSN, Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner MSN, and Systems, Populations and Leadership MSN - population health emphasis. 

Occupational health nurses help to maximize workers’ health and productivity, reducing illnesses and injuries while controlling costs. It is a challenging and rewarding profession with multiple career options in clinical practice, health services administration, higher education, and research. Occupational health nurses are employed by businesses, industry, government agencies, hospitals, clinics, their own businesses, as well as colleges and universities. 

The occupational health nursing concentration is part of the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE). Traineeships in the form of tuition support and stipends are available to eligible students through COHSE, which is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Speak to the faculty director, Dr. Marjorie McCullagh, for more information, or an academic advisor for concentration requirements.  

Certificate Options

With the growing demand for focused, specialized knowledge, a certificate can be an important way for health care professionals to increase their qualifications. Certificates are intended to supplement rather than replace an academic degree.

Certificate in Health Informatics

Both nurses and non-nurses can earn UMSN's Certificate in Health Informatics with completion of just 16 credits in a web-blended curriculum, which prepares students to sit for a variety of informatics certifications. 

Staff Nurse Evidence-Based Practice Certificate

Designed for staff nurses at any educational level working with a mentor, this program will prepare participants to lead Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), guiding you through the EBP process from inception to implementation and sustainability. The program, which is led by Dr. Marita Titler, is completely online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences to help lay a solid foundation for continued use of the EBP process at the point of care delivery. 

Application available from the National Nursing Practice Network® (NNPN). 

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

This certificate is designed for individuals who seek to enhance their teaching skills and techniques in relation to the field of nursing. The Certificate in Nursing Education is only available to those who have already completed a master's or doctoral program as well as students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at UMSN.

Post-Master's Advanced Practice Certificates

These certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed a master's or doctoral program as well as students currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at UMSN. The Advanced Practice Certificate provides additional advanced practice skills in leading and managing health in a different focus area than the original master's degree. Options include: adult-gerontology acute care NP; adult-gerontology CNS; acute care pediatric NP; adult-gerontology primary care NP; primary care family NP; nurse midwife; and primary care pediatric NP.