About the Program

The RN to BSN program is designed for the student who is a graduate of an accredited nursing program and 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 classes, but proof of Registered Nurse (RN) licensure must be provided to the School 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.

ADMISSION

To begin the RN to BSN program, nurses must first 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 School 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
transfer credit

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.

Program costs

Students admitted to the RN to BSN completion program may incur additional costs such as those associated with health requirements and textbooks. Tuition for the RN to BSN completion program is the RN/BSN rate under Undergraduate Nursing Tuition on the UM-Flint Student Accounts page.

PROGRAM

RN TO BSN COMPLETION PROGRAM CURRICULUM

For an official listing of the RN to BSN completion program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint Catalog.

Experiential Learning

Senior-level courses (400-level) include an experiential learning component. These courses utilize experiential learning (EL) strategies to facilitate meeting the course objectives.  These EL courses require students to do approximately 16 hours of volunteer/shadowing activities in their community. Your EL faculty will assist you the first two weeks of the semester in selecting activities that will meet the requirements. Sites that you may consider for volunteering for EL activities for Community Health Nursing could include free medical clinics, health departments, schools, head start, health fairs at churches or other community organizations, soup kitchens, food banks, hospice agencies, homeless shelters, women's shelters, and religious charities just to list a few. Sites that you may consider for shadowing for Leadership and Management in Nursing could include hospitals, community clinics, health departments, schools of nursing, or any organization where there is a leader that will allow you to shadow. Prior to beginning EL courses, students must submit 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.

degree requirements
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.

 

Certificate in Leadership and Management

Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management:

This three-additional-course certificate program is open to BSN degree-seeking students and will prepare them for positions of nursing leadership within their organizations.  The certificate can be completed online. Upon program completion, the student will be prepared to take either the National Certification Exam for Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) administered by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and/or the Nurse Executive Board certification examination administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). A sample curriculum is pictured below. For the official certificate, please visit the UM-Flint Catalog.

FAQ

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; select 7-week courses are offered within the 14-week semesters. Spring and Summer semesters are both 7 weeks. Almost all nursing courses are available year-round.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Most students complete the program part time in two years. However, students may attend full time and complete the program in 3-4 semesters.

How much does it cost?

The total cost varies depending on the number of credits you are able to transfer in for general education requirements. Contact an advisor to complete a plan of study to include the general education requirements. Current RN to BSN tuition information can be found at the Student Accounts homepage under the Undergraduate Nursing Tuition rates.

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 select nursing courses prior to gaining licensure. Enrollment into the nursing core courses requires proof of RN licensure. Contact an advisor if you have questions.

Is this program available online?

All required coursework can be completed online. This program is designed for the working professional who desires to further their education with a BSN.