School of Nursing (SON) Information
The University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program provides an opportunity for students with a previous bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, as well as veterans of the United States military services with honorable or general discharges, active duty service members, and members of the National Guard or Reserves, 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 healthcare facility.
Admission to the Program
Admission to the program is selective. Students are admitted once or twice annually in the Fall and Winter semesters, pending available seats. Application deadlines and the application process are available on the School of Nursing website. Only complete applications are considered. A student who is not admitted and wants to be included in the next pool of applicants must resubmit an updated application. To learn details of the application and selection process, prospective applicants are encouraged to attend Nursing Information Meetings, held regularly throughout the school year. Review the School of Nursing website http://www.umflint.edu/nursing for scheduled dates and times.
Students may apply after successful completion of four (4) program prerequisites, (at least three for veteran applicants), including at least two (2) science courses (one of which must be a biology course). Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in their most recent thirty (30) credit hours to be considered for admission. A minimum 2.75 grade point average in prerequisite courses (combined) is also required. It is likely that the prerequisite GPAs and last 30 credit 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 School of Nursing Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program, although completion of a previous bachelor’s degree is not required of veterans prior to applying to the 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 Undergraduate Nursing Admissions Committee and are final; there is no appeal process.
University of Michigan-Flint students in a bachelor’s degree program are required to complete at least 45 UM-Flint credits; the last 30 credits of which must be completed at UM-Flint. BSN-degree-seeking students must complete a minimum of 120 credits which may include both transfer credits and UM-Flint credits. Students earning a second bachelor’s degree or simultaneous bachelor’s degrees should review the University Catalog. In addition to the minimum 120 overall credits, minimum 45 UM-Flint credits, and the last 30 credit University bachelor’s degree requirements, students must also satisfy all requirements for the degree they are pursuing.
Non-native English speakers, non-United States citizens, and/or students not born in the United States must submit official scores for one of the following three tests with the nursing application: the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum total score of 85 and scores of at least 20 in each of the subtopics, the International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum 6.5 overall score and 6.5 in each subtopic, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum overall score of 80.
Progression in the Program
Students must earn grades of C+ (2.3) or better in all prerequisite, NUR, and NSC coursework to fulfill degree requirements. The exception is chemistry coursework, where a minimum grade of C (2.0) is acceptable.
Students admitted to the University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program are charged according to a tuition and fee schedule specific to BSN students. This fee structure is used for all courses elected while in the program. Students will need additional funds for uniforms, annual tuberculosis testing, drug testing, medical equipment, background checks, health forms, pre-entrance physical examination, immunizations, CPR certification, health insurance, and textbooks. Requirements vary by clinical agency and are at the student’s expense. Additional requirements may include a valid driver’s license, car insurance, and fingerprinting. Students need to provide their own transportation to and from clinical agencies. Students must meet health and background check requirements as well as any other agency-specific requirements. Students who are missing any requirements by the announced deadlines will be administratively dropped. Readmission for the next semester is dependent on available space. Admitted and prospective students are encouraged to refer to the Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook, which can be found on the School of Nursing website http://www.umflint.edu/nursing for detailed program progression requirements.
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 first semester nursing (NUR) coursework may not progress and must reapply to the 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 space priority in assignment to clinical courses. Clinical shifts and locations may change pending availability of clinical faculty and agency stipulations. Nursing administration reserves the right to modify a student’s clinical section placement (location and faculty) based on the recommendation of lead or clinical nursing faculty from previous semesters. Any student considering interruption of the program should discuss this with their academic advisor in advance.