Preparing Nursing's Leaders and Best

The University of Michigan School of Nursing’s graduate degrees prepare today’s nurses for impactful careers in advanced clinical practice, groundbreaking research and data-driven executive leadership. Our Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs are consistently ranked among the best in the United States, guided by expert faculty, supported by a vast network of clinical and global partners and backed by the excellence of the nation’s top public university.

Read more about the community of passionate clinicians and scholars you will join as a graduate student at the U-M School of Nursing who dare to challenge the status quo, using their knowledge and skills to advance the public good and create a more equitable future of health for all.

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John Inthavongsa (DNP '19)

Hometown: Vientiane, Laos

John Inthavongsa was born in Laos and came to the United States as a refugee, discovering a passion for nursing and ultimately advancing his career at the University of Michigan. As a hospital medicine nurse practitioner in Detroit, Inthavongsa enjoys the challenges of caring for high-acuity patients with complex chronic health conditions.

“I chose U-M because of its reputation as a leader in nursing education, the excellent clinical experiences they offer and the support the School of Nursing provides in my professional development.”  

As a graduate student, Inthavongsa’s experiences in U-M’s Interprofessional Education in Action program, clinical immersion in Bankok, Thailand, and guidance from Michigan Medicine mentors helped shape the practitioner he is today.

“These experienced enhanced my collaborative skills, helped me realize my hidden leadership abilities and made me a well-rounded clinician.”

Learn more about our Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Kylie Lin (DNP ’19)

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Empowering patients to maintain their best health is Kylie Lin’s lifelong professional goal. She chose to pursue her DNP at the University of Michigan to better serve her patients.

“I chose the U-M School of Nursing because it’s a leader in research, strives to make an impact at all levels of health care and has a strong reputation for graduates who become leaders in their communities.”

Lin is a nurse practitioner in a cardiothoracic surgery outpatient clinic in Austin, Texas, working alongside a team of surgeons to provide pre and postoperative care. She credits U-M nursing faculty for providing a real-world education that helped her succeed as a skilled clinician.

“I didn’t realize it then, but thinking back now, U-M provided the strong foundation I needed to start my career as a nurse practitioner.”

Learn more about our Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Ashley Tupper (MSN ’14)

Hometown: Shepherd, MI

Ashley Tupper came to the U-M School of Nursing with a clear plan: open her own practice in a rural community to make quality, compassionate health care more accessible. She used her U-M MSN and occupational health concentration to bring that plan to life.

As an independent nurse practitioner, Tupper owns and operates the growing Hometown Medical Clinic, providing essential care and occupational health services to the small rural community of Newcastle, Wyoming.

“I rely on my Michigan experience every day with every patient. From amazing instructors to amazing preceptors, I wouldn’t have the skills and confidence to follow this path without my time at U-M.”

Learn more about our Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Julia Mazur (MSN ’20)

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

Julia Mazur can’t imagine another career. Her Michigan MSN propelled her to a dream job working with patients she loves and enjoying a schedule that offers work-life balance.

At Sunshine Pediatric Partners in Saginaw, Michigan, Mazur provides comprehensive, quality care to children from birth through adolescence, performing annual exams, treating acute childhood illnesses and chronic diseases while collaborating with a multitude of specialists.

“I knew this program produced autonomous practitioners, and I felt confident that my Michigan education would prepare me for a successful career in pediatrics — I was not mistaken.”

Learn more about our Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program.

Whitni White (MSN ’21)

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Whitni White discovered her passion for birthwork as an undergraduate, intrigued by a career path in midwifery. She’s now part of team of talented midwives providing care to patients and families at Michigan Medicine, where the work continues to challenge and inspire her.

White chose to study midwifery at U-M because of the rigorous program with a focused commitment to hands-on clinical experiences.

“I learned as an undergraduate how important it is to actually get into rooms and talk to patients. You need those experiences to become a skilled provider, and U-M provided plenty.”

White navigated new challenges and adapted to uncertainty during her graduate studies, developing skills that have propelled her in a rewarding career.

“As a midwife, things can change in an instant, and it's my job to guide my patients through those changes while staying focused on their safety and well-being.”

Learn more about our Nurse-midwifery program

Kari Szczechowski (DNP '19)

Hometown: Wyandotte, MI

As a clinical nurse, Kari Szczechowski was always passionate about improving patient care, unit efficiencies and staff satisfaction. She knew the more she learned, the more she could do for her patients and staff. That thirst for knowledge led her to the U-M School of Nursing.

“The Leadership, Analytics and Innovation program gave me the tools to utilize evidence, analyze data and become an innovative leader with confidence to challenge the popular statement, ‘We’ve always done it that way.’”

Learn more about our Leadership, Analytics and Innovation program.