RN to BSN Completion Program
About the Program
The RN to 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. Recent graduates of Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs are allowed to be admitted and begin the curriculum, but proof of Registered Nurse (RN) licensure must be provided to the Department of Nursing in order to progress into the Nursing Core courses and complete all degree requirements. The University of Michigan-Flint has a revolving admission policy, which allows prospective students to be admitted in fall, winter, spring, or summer.
Information for Newly-Admitted RN to BSN Students
Nurses who wish to join the RN to BSN program must apply to the University of Michigan-Flint for admission. Official copies of transcripts must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and proof of RN licensure must be provided to the Department of Nursing in order to progress to the nursing core courses.
|In order to be considered for admission, you must have met the following requirements:|
|A minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in ADN program*|
|* If candidates do not initially meet the GPA requirement, they will be required to complete 9 credits of coursework at the University of Michigan-Flint with a minimum 3.0 GPA before beginning the RN to BSN nursing core curriculum|
To determine how transfer credit from your ADN may be applied to your BSN, please utilize the UM-Flint transfer equivalency database. The Office of Admisions will review your previous transcripts to determine your transfer credit. There is no limit on the number of credits that you can transfer, but UM-Flint has a 45-credit-hour residency requirement to be granted a bachelor's degree. This means that you must take a minimum of 45 credits at our institution to be granted your BSN. This requirement is 30 credit hours if you are a previous University of Michigan graduate.
Students admitted to the RN to BSN completion program will incur costs including, but not limited to, those associated with clinical/health requirements, textbooks, clinical/laboratory supplies, uniforms, transportation to and from clinical sites, and fees associated with clinical placements. Tuition for the RN to BSN completion program is the RN/BSN rate under Undergraduate Nursing Tuition on the UM-Flint Student Accounts page.
RN TO BSN COMPLETION PROGRAM CURRICULUM
For an official listing of the RN to BSN completion program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint Catalog.
Prior to beginning clinical courses, students must submit the following: proof of RN licensure, a satisfactory criminal background check, evidence that student meets all immunizations and health requirements, a signed Clinical Student Disclosure Statement, and a signed Essential Abilities/Honor Code Pledge form. Students may incur fees related to clinical placements including, but not limited to those associated with clinical/health requirements, textbooks, clinical/laboratory supplies, uniforms, transportation to and from clinical sites, and fees associated with clinical placements.
|In order to receive your BSN, you must meet the following requirements:|
|Complete a minimum 120 credits, meeting all program requirements. At least 45 credits must be taken at UM-Flint. Please note, if you are a previous University of Michigan graduate, 30 credits must be taken at UM-Flint.*|
|You must earn a C+ (2.3 GPA) or better in all prerequisite, NUR, and NSC coursework to fulfill degree requirements.|
|Degree requirements must be completed within seven years of admission to the RN to BSN completion program.|
|* Credit in nursing and non-nursing courses may be acquired through transfer of credits, credit by examination (CBE), and by course enrollment.|
Where do I start?
UM-Flint has a revolving admission policy and you may be admitted for fall, winter, spring, or summer. You can apply to the university online at Undergraduate Admissions. There is not a separate application required for the RN to BSN program, simply choose "BSN Completion" as your program of study when you apply.
How long are your semesters?
Fall and Winter semesters are 14 weeks each. Spring and Summer semesters are both seven weeks. Almost all nursing courses are available year-round to include the clinical courses.
How many credits will transfer?
The Office of Admissions will review your previous transcripts to determine your transfer credit. There is no limit on the number of credits that you can transfer; however, the University of Michigan-Flint has a 45-credit hour residency requirement to be granted a bachelor's degree. This means that you must take a minimum of 45 credits at our institution to be granted your BSN. This requirement is 30 credit hours if you are a previous graduate of the University of Michigan.
Can I start before receiving my RN license?
Yes you can! You may begin to complete general education and nursing foundation courses prior to gaining licensure. Enrollment into the nursing core courses is not allowed until proof of licensure has been verified. Contact an advisor if you have questions about this.
Can I test out of any course?
Yes you can! Credit by examination (CBE) is available for NSC 210 Pathophysiology for Registered Nurses, NSC 209 Basic Nutrition for Health Care Practitioners, and NSC 235 General Principles of Pharmacology for Registered Nurses. These courses are also available in the classroom and online. There is an exam fee required to attempt one of these exams. Contact an advisor for more information.
Is this program available online?
Yes it is! All program required coursework can be completed online. There are certain courses in the RN to BSN program that are only available online but most can also be taken in person if you choose. As a CCNE-accredited program, two clinical placements are required for this program. Your placement will require observation hours, but we have a Nursing Clinical Coordinator to assist you in establishing that placement in your local area. This program is designed for the working professional that seeks to further their education with a BSN. Many general education courses are available online, too, with the exception of natural science/lab. Most nursing students will already have credit for this with required coursework typical of an ADN program. Ask an advisor to be sure!