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2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Accelerated Second Degree Program (BSN)

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The University of Michigan-Flint/Hurley Medical Center Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program provides an opportunity for students with a previous Bachelor’s degree to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in an accelerated format. Students must be committed to an intense, concentrated program of study, which consists of four full-time semesters of nursing courses completed over 16 months. Eight (8) of the core courses include a clinical component which requires a significant time commitment within a regional hospital or other health care facility.

Admission to the Program
Admission to the program is selective. Students are admitted each Fall semester.  Application deadlines and application packets are available on the Department of Nursing website .  Only complete packets are considered.  A student who is not admitted and wants to be included in the next pool of applicants must resubmit an updated application packet.  To learn details of the application and selection processes, prospective applicants are encouraged to attend Nursing Information Meetings, held regularly throughout the school year. Review the department’s website for scheduled times.

Students may apply after the successful completion of four program prerequisites, including at least two (2) science courses (one of which may be biology course). Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their most recent thirty (30) credit hours to be considered for admission. A minimum 3.0 grade point average in prerequisite courses (combined) is also required. It is likely that the prerequisite GPAs and overall GPAs of accepted students will be well above minimum requirements. Students must earn grades of C+ (2.3) or better in all prerequisite courses with the exception of chemistry, for which a grade of C (2.0) is acceptable. All pre-nursing prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to beginning Semester 1 of the University of Michigan-Flint/Hurley Medical Center Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program. Admitted BSN students who do not successfully complete all pre-nursing prerequisite courses will be withdrawn from the program. Admissions decisions are made by the Nursing Undergraduate Selection Committee and are final; there is no appeal process.

Non-native English speakers and/or non-United States citizens must submit internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with the application. A minimum total score of 83 and scores of at least 17 in each of listening, reading, speaking, and writing are required.

Progression in the Program
Final grades of C+ (2.3) or better in all required nursing and elective courses (prefix NUR/NSC) are required for progression in the program.

Students admitted to the University of Michigan-Flint/Hurley Medical Center Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program are charged according to a tuition and fee schedule specific to BSN students, and this fee structure is used for all courses elected while in the program. Students will need additional funds for uniforms, annual tuberculosis and drug testing, medical equipment, background checks, health forms and textbooks. Students need the use of an automobile to travel to their clinical assignments. Transportation to and from clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student. Additional requirements may include a valid driver’s license and car insurance. Requirements vary by clinical agency. A pre-entrance physical examination, immunizations, CPR certification, and health insurance will be required at the student’s expense. Students must meet health requirements and background check requirements as mandated by their clinical sites. Students who do not provide verification of health requirements and background checks by the announced deadlines will be disenrolled. Readmission for the next semester is dependent on available space.


  1. Completion of the HESI Admission Assessment after formal admission to the Nursing program. 
  2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with minimum grades of C+ (2.3), except for chemistry, for which a grade of C (2.0) is acceptable. At least four (4), including two (2) in the sciences (one of which must be biology coursework), must be completed prior to application to the program; all must be completed prior to beginning the Nursing core curriculum.
    1. PSY 313  or SWR 301 .
    2. BIO 135 , BIO 167 , BIO 168 . (Biology credits must be no more than seven years old. A competency exam is available through the Department of Nursing.)
    3. CHM 252 . (CHM 252  may be waived if a combination of other chemistry coursework is approved as equivalent biochemistry content by the Chemistry Department.)
    4. NSC 178 , NSC 207 , NSC 209 , NSC 233 NUR 120 .
  3. Completion of the Core Nursing curriculum with a grade of C+ (2.3) or better in each course. 
    Semester 1 (Fall): NUR 202 , NUR 240 , NUR 308 *. 
    Semester 2 (Winter): NUR 340 NUR 405 
    Semester 3 (Spring/Summer): NUR 330 NUR 336 NUR 369 *, NUR 401 
    Semester 4 (Fall): NUR 362 , NUR 402 NUR 436 , NUR 440 .
    *NUR 308  and NUR 369  may be completed prior to admission to the program.

The curriculum is designed for full-time students to complete in 16 months after acceptance into the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Interruption of Program

Students who do not successfully complete NUR 240  cannot continue in the Nursing Program. To be considered for readmission, the student must reapply to the program. Students who elect to withdraw from their program may experience a delay before reinstatement, due to enrollment limits. Students who remain enrolled without interruption in their program are given priority in assignment to clinical courses. Any student considering interruption of the program should discuss this with his/her academic advisor in advance.

Program Assessment

Students are required to participate in periodic program assessment, which enables the Department to test the efficacy of the curriculum. In the final two semesters 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.

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