Michigan State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Degree Type:
Doctorate in Nursing Practice doctorate
Nurse Practitioner masters
Clinical Nurse Specialist masters
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

The Michigan State University College of Nursing on-line MSN enables students to pursue their education as advanced practice nurses with expert faculty and preceptors. Clinical Nurse Specialist-Ed is completely on-line home community based clinicals. The Family NP an Adult -Gerontology NP tracks provide the education and clinical experiences necessary to deliver primary care. A hybrid program, it combines on-line with on campus events and community based clinical practicum experiences.

School type Public
Online grad programs CCNE accredited Yes
Online grad programs NLNAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in nursing degree programs 3
Concentrations offered
Nursing practitioner
Clinical nurse specialist
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Adult/geriatric – acute
Adult/geriatric – primary
Family/primary care

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 37


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 18 full-time; 12 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 72% full-time; 25% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 9
Average experience teaching online courses N/A
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 1 full-time

Class Size

Average class size 30
Maximum class size N/A

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online No
Can earn degree entirely abroad N/A
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations Yes
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students N/A
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 4.0 years
Program target time to graduate 3 years
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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