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2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Accelerated Second Degree Program (BSN)

The 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 Accelerated Second Degree BSN 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.  If the student is not admitted and wants to be included in the next pool of applicants, the student must resubmit an updated application packet. 

Students may apply after the successful completion of four program prerequisites, including at least two (2) science courses.  A minimum cumulative College/University grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is preferred and a 3.0 average in prerequisite courses is required. It is likely that the prerequisite GPA, overall GPA, and HESI Admission Assessment of accepted students will be well above minimum requirements.

Non-native English speakers 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.  Admissions decisions are made by the Department of Nursing Selections Committee and are final.  There is no appeal process.

Progression in the Program
Students admitted to the University of Michigan-Flint/Hurley Medical Center Accelerated Program are charged according to a tuition and fee schedule specific to BSN students, and this fee structure is used for all courses taken while in the program. Students need additional funds for uniforms, annual tuberculosis testing, medical equipment, background checks, yearly health forms and textbooks. During some semesters, 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.  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. 
  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, must be completed prior to application to the program; all must be completed prior to beginning the Nursing core curriculum.
    1. SWR 301  or PSY 313 .
    2. BIO 135 , BIO 167  , BIO 168 . (Biology credits must be no more than seven (7) years old. Speak to an advisor about options.)
    3. CHM 252 . (A combination of other chemistry courses may be used to fulfill this requirement. Consult the Nursing Department for more information.)
    4. NSC 207 , NSC 209 , NSC 233 ; and NUR 120  or completion of a Nurse Assistant program.
  3. Completion of the Core Nursing curriculum with a grade of C+ (2.3) or better in each course. 
    Semester 1:  NUR 202 , NUR 240 , NUR 308 *, 
    Semester 2:  NUR 340 NUR 405 
    Semester 3:  NUR 330 NUR 336 NUR 369 *, NUR 401 
    Semester 4:  NUR 402 , NUR 430 NUR 436 .
    *NUR 308 and 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 elect to withdraw from their program may experience a delay before reinstatement, due to enrollments 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 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.