Digital Education

Attend a top-ranked school of nursing at one of the nation’s leading public universities, from your home.

For nurses trying to balance demanding schedules at work and at home, pursuing a graduate education may not seem possible. By offering three Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs online, the University of Michigan School of Nursing has made earning a world-class nursing degree more accessible. In addition to our traditional or hybrid programs, students now have the opportunity to complete their MSN in the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Leadership, Analytics and Innovation specialties online. These innovative digital education programs provide the high quality, global connections and community support students expect from the nation's top public university. And because courses take place in an asynchronous format with no real-time requirements, students can set their own schedule and learn at their convenience.

Online education at the University of Michigan School of Nursing


Student experience

Discover what our school, campus and community have to offer.

“I enjoy the flexibility of having online classes because it allows me to access the course content when it's most convenient for me.”

–David Jerkins, MSN Student

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Online learning experience

A hands-on, first rate flexible learning experience.

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How are U-M School of Nursing faculty trained to teach online?

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On-campus intensives

Leadership, Analytics, and Innovation (LAI) MSN:

For our Leadership, Analytics, and Innovation MSN degree, students have the opportunity to come to campus annually in the Spring for an intensive four day extra-curricular experience with other members of the program along with faculty from across the campus and health system who lead in health care and innovation. The four day intensive is required only once during the entire LAI program for your degree.

Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) MSN:

Students in our Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner programs come to campus each semester for a period of 3 days that involve competency assessments, skill building and simulation experiences to support your success as an advanced practice registered nurse.

Why are on-campus intensives an important part of our online NP programs?

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Tentative dates for upcoming on-campus experiences for online Family Nurse Practitioner and online Adult-Gerontology Primary Care students:

On-campus intensive dates for the Fall 2020 FNP and AGNP admits:

2-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
112/3/20-12/5/204/8/21-4/10/216/24/21-6/26/21
211/11/21- 11/13/214/14/23-4/16/23

3-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
16/24/21-6/26/21
212/2/21-12/4/214/7/22-4/9/226/16/22-6/18/22
311/10/22-11/12/224/13/23-4/15/23

Planned dates for the Fall 2021 FNP and AGNP admits:

2-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
112/2/21-12/4/214/7/22-4/9/226/16/22-6/18/22
211/10/22- 11/12/224/13/23-4/15/23

3-year Program Plan

YearFall TermWinter TermSpring/Summer Term
16/16/22
212/1/22-12/3/224/6/23-4/8/236/16/23-6/17/23
311/9/23-11/11/234/11/24-4/13/24

On-campus intensive dates for LAI students

20222023
5/17-5/205/16/-5/19

Program Plans


Online Graduate Programs Licensure Disclosure

As of July 1, 2021, The U-M School of Nursing has determined that its online curriculum meets state regulations and educational requirements for licensure and/or certification in the following states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The U-M School of Nursing has determined that it cannot yet offer its online MSN programs to students located in the following states due to state regulations on distance education and/or state educational requirements for licensure/certification that the U-M School of Nursing does not yet meet: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

At this time, the U-M School of Nursing has not yet determined if it meets state distance education requirements and/or state educational requirements for licensure or certification in any state or territory not listed above. We are currently researching requirements and working with various state boards of nursing to ensure that our Advanced Practice Nursing Programs meet state regulations and/or educational requirements for licensure or certification in any state where we are not currently fully authorized.

If you have any questions regarding U-M School of Nursing Advanced Practice Nursing Programs and licensure or certification in your state please contact the Office of Practice and Professional Graduate Programs at UMSN-GradDigitalProgramPlacements@med.umich.edu.

For additional information concerning distance education disclosures please visit the Office of Academic Innovation.

Distance Education Students in Texas: The University of Michigan School of Nursing is not regulated by Texas Education Code Chapter 132. The University of Michigan School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is a member of NC-SARA. Questions and/or complaints for the Michigan NC-SARA portal should be directed to the agency contact here. The complaint resolution process for University of Michigan distance education students is located here.

The University of Michigan School of Nursing hopes to be able to begin accepting applications from Texas residents for the Fall 2023 term. If you are a Texas resident and wish to apply, please contact the Office of Professional Graduate Programs (UMSN-GradDigitalProgramPlacements@umich.edu) to ensure UMSN's ability to accept your application prior to submission.