The RN/BSN Program is designed for the student who is a graduate of a state-approved nursing program and already holds a license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should contact the Department of Nursing office to obtain the appropriate forms and information. An application to the University must be completed and returned to the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Undergraduate Admissions. (This may be done online.) Official copies of transcripts must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The RN Performance Evaluation, proof of RN licensure, Clinical Student Disclosure Statement and RN/BSN Data Form must be sent to the Department of Nursing. Ideally, all materials should be received no less than one month prior to the term for which the candidate is seeking admission. The University of Michigan-Flint has a revolving admission policy, which allows prospective students to be admitted in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. RN students completing prerequisites to the RN/BSN Program will be admitted to the School of Health Professions and Studies (SHPS) as a pre-RN/BSN program major.
Formal admission to the program is determined by the Department of Nursing upon completion of all prerequisites. RNs must have earned at least a 2.75 GPA in their ADN program, have a current RN license, a satisfactory performance evaluation, a satisfactory Criminal Background Check, and a signed Clinical Student Disclosure Statement on file in order to be admitted to the program. If candidates do not initially meet the grade point average requirement, they will be required to complete 9 credits of coursework at the University of Michigan-Flint with a 3.0 or better GPA before beginning the RN/BSN core curriculum. Degree requirements must be completed within seven years of admission to the RN/BSN Program. Credit in nursing and in non-nursing courses may be acquired through transfer of credits, credit by examination (CBE), and by course enrollment. Students must earn grades of C+ (2.3) or better in all prerequisite, NUR, and NSC coursework to be eligible for progression from semester to semester.
Students are required to participate in periodic program assessment, which enables the Department to test the efficacy of the curriculum.
Credit by Examination
The earning of credit by examination (CBE) is based on the premise that the knowledge and skills acquired through course completion may be validated in other ways. Passing a standardized examination validates mastery of subject matter of a course. Credit may be earned by successful completion of the examinations for NSC 207 , NSC 209 and NSC 233 . Each examination may be taken no more than twice. If a student does not pass an exam on the second attempt, enrollment in the course is required. There is a fee for each exam attempt.
In an effort to support transition to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, the Department of Nursing will validate 34 credits from a student’s RN program as University of Michigan-Flint transfer credit.
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses with grades of C+ (2.3) or better:
Prerequisite to Semester 1: ENG 112 or equivalent; one from: NSC 168 (preferred), PHL 162 , PHL 168 , HCR 304 ; NSC 373 ; NUR 202 , NUR 369 , PSY 313 or SWR 301 .
Prerequisite to Semester 2: NSC 207 ; NSC 209 or NUR 205 ; NSC 233 or NUR 203 . NSC 207 , NSC 209 and NSC 233 may be completed as Credit by Examination (CBE).
- The School of Health Profession and Studies General Education requirements as found in the General Education Program section of this Catalog.
- Core Nursing Curriculum
Semester 1: NUR 255 , NUR 300 , NUR 308 .
Semester 2: NUR 407 , NUR 410 *.
Semester 3: NUR 421 , NUR 430 *.
*NUR 410 and NUR 430 are clinical courses; each requires six hours per week in the clinical setting.
- Four additional credits (six if NUR 255 is waived) of electives from NSC 350-399, NUR 350-399, excluding NUR 369 , NUR 499 .
Note: Semester 1 is prerequisite to Semester 2; Semester 2 is prerequisite to Semester 3. Exceptions must be granted by the Undergraduate Nursing Student Affairs Committee.
Readmission to the Program
Students at the University of Michigan-Flint who are not enrolled for either a Fall or Winter semester must make application for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and to the Undergraduate Nursing Student Affairs Committee. Decisions on applications for readmission are dependent upon availability of space in clinical nursing courses and the student’s previous academic standing. The student may be required to make adjustments according to the curriculum in effect for the semester into which he/she is readmitted.
Students are required to participate in periodic program assessment, which enables the Department to test the efficacy of the curriculum. In the last semester of the curriculum, students are required to take a comprehensive nationally-normed exam. Students must achieve a satisfactory score (as determined by the Department of Nursing) on this comprehensive exam prior to graduation.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, granted ten-year accreditation to the baccalaureate program in Nursing in April 2006.