Overview

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. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should contact the Department of Nursing office to obtain the appropriate forms and information. An application to the University must be completed and returned to the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Official copies of transcripts must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 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. 

RNs must have earned at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their ADN program as well as submit required nursing paperwork to the Department of Nursing including: proof of RN license, a satisfactory RN performance evaluation, a satisfactory Criminal Background Check, and signed Clinical Student Disclosure Statement and Essential Abilities/Honor Code Pledge Form. Submission of all required paperwork must be done prior to entering the Nursing Core curriculum and is done ideally upon admission. If candidates do not initially meet the grade point average requirement, they will be required to complete 9 credits of coursework at the University of Michigan-Flint with a 3.0 or better GPA before beginning the RN to BSN Nursing Core curriculum. Degree requirements must be completed within seven years of admission to the RN to BSN Program. Credit in nursing and in non-nursing courses may be acquired through transfer of credits, credit by examination (CBE), and by course enrollment. Students must earn grades of C+ (2.3) or better in all prerequisite, NUR, and NSC coursework to fulfill degree requirements.

To explore how transfer credit from your ADN may be applied to your UM-Flint degree please view the Transfer Equivalency Database.

Please read below for some frequently asked questions about the program.

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 online to the University online at www.umflint.edu/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 & 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 not a 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 Bachelors 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 UM-Flint.

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 courses?

Yes you can! Credit by examination (CBE) is available for NSC 210 Pathophysiology for RNs, NSC 209 Nutrition, and NSC 235 Pharmacology for RNs. These courses are also available in the classroom and online. There is an exam fee required to attempt one of these exams. We will provide you a study guide to help you prepare. 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 classes could 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!