About the Program


The Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) program is designed for students with a previous bachelor's degree who do not yet have a Registered Nurse (RN) license. The ASD program is a concentrated sixteen-month program of study that will prepare you to meet the healthcare needs of a diverse society.

NEW PROGRAM: For those applying in winter 2015 (Dec. 1, 2014 - Jan. 16, 2015) for fall 2015 admission, we will be introducing a new program that allows students to complete the ASD program and have early assurance admission to the Accelerated MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner) program. Please see the Program tab below for further information.

Students interested in applying to the Accelerated Second Degree program are encouraged to attend an information session to get the latest information regarding the application process prior to applying. Information sessions are held once a month, and the schedule can be downloaded below.

2014 Information Sessions



Students who wish to join the ASD BSN program must first apply to the University of Michigan-Flint for admission as a transfer student. While completing prerequisite requirements, you will enroll in the University of Michigan-Flint School of Health Professions and Studies as a pre-nursing student. The University of Michigan-Flint has a revolving admission policy, and you may be admitted to the university to begin prerequisite work in fall, winter, spring, or summer. Students then apply to the nursing program in late fall for admission the following fall. 

Admission to the ASD Program is selective and competitive. Up to 40 students are admitted once per year, and cohorts begin in the fall semester only.

In order to be considered for admission, you must have met the following requirements:
Admitted to the University and have a University of Michigan-Flint ID number
A minimum of four out of the nine program prerequisites must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. Two of them must be science courses. All remaining preprequisite courses must be completed prior to the fall start of the program.
A minimum of a 2.3 (C+) in each prerequisite course and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 of completed prerequisite courses by application 
A minimum GPA of 3.0 of the most recent 30 credits completed.
A minimum of two references (one professional and one academic). A maximum of three references is allowed, but two are required.
A one-page essay. The question is available in the application and changes from year to year.
Science Prerequisite Courses:
BIO 167: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits) *
BIO 168: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) *
BIO 135: Microbiology (with lab) (4 credits) *
CHM 252: Organic/Biochemistry (3 credits)
NSC 207: Pathophysiology (3 credits)
Must be completed within seven years of application. In lieu of retaking the course, a National League of Nursing (NLN) competency exam is available through the Department of Nursing. The cost is $80 per exam.
Non-Science Prerequisite Courses:
NSC 178: Legal & Moral Decisions in Health Care (3 credits)
PSY 313: Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
NSC 209: Nutrition (3 credits)
NSC 233: Pharmacology (3 credits)
Other Course:
NUR 120: Basic Skills (to be completed after admission in the spring or summer before program starts) (1 credit)

Prerequisite courses completed at another institution must transfer as the equivalent to UM-Flint's prerequisite requirements. Students should utilize the UM-Flint transfer database to determine if coursework completed outside UM-Flint will satisfy prerequisite coursework for the ASD program.


Nursing Application:

Application Deadline:

Applications accepted December 1, 2014 – January 16, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission.

Fall 2015 Nursing Application
Reference Form (This is a revised reference form. Both old reference forms and new reference forms will be accepted with the nursing application.)

Please note: the TOEFL is required for ALL non U.S. citizens and non-native English-speaking applicants, regardless of enrollment in an English educational system. A minimum total score of 83 and a minimum of 17 in each section is required for application to the nursing program.

The Department of Nursing will be transitioning to an electronic nursing centralized application (Nursing CAS) in fall 2015. Those who will be applying in winter 2016 (Dec. 1, 2015 - Jan. 15, 2016) for fall 2016 admission will use this new electronic application. For more information, please visit the Nursing CAS website.


In the ASD program, students will complete 12-17 credits each semester for 4 semesters. Below is an overview of the ASD program. For an official listing of program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint Catalog.

Semester One (Fall)
NUR 202 Health Assessment 3 credits
NUR 240 Adult Care I 9 credits
NUR 308* Research in Nursing      3 credits  
Semester Two (Winter)
NUR 340 Adult Care II 9 credits  
NUR 405   Mental Health Nursing   5 credits 
Semester Three (Spring/Summer)
NUR 330 Maternity Nursing 5 credits
NUR 336 Parent-Child Nursing 5 credits
NUR 369*                          Transcultural Health Care 3 credits                         
NUR 401 Theoretical Concepts of Population-Centered Nursing 4 credits                      
Semester Four (Fall)
NUR 362                         Professional Nursing for Entry Into Practice    1 credit                       
NUR 402   Clinical Synthesis of Population-Centered Nursing     2 credits
NUR 436 Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge and Practice 4 credits                       
NUR 440 Leadership and Management in Nursing 5 credits

* NUR 308 and NUR 369 may be completed prior to admission to the program.



Graduates of the ASD program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), an examination required to obtain a nursing license. These exams are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). 


New program for fall 2015
Accelerated second degree bsn to accelerated msn (Family nurse practitioner)

If you have no background in Nursing but are interested in pursuing a career in advanced practice nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), this program is an opportunity for you. For more information on this program, please review the ASD to AMSN Information Packet.


program costs

Students admitted to the ASD 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 ASD program is the Generic Nursing rate under Undergraduate Nursing Tuition.



Does UM-Flint's ASD program have a wait list?

No. UM-Flint does not have a wait list. The ASD program is a competitive admission based on prerequisite GPA, last 30 credit GPA, references, and an essay.

My first degree is still in progress. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as your degree is completed prior to our fall start.

How do students apply for this program?

Application for the ASD program requires a student to submit two separate applications: one to UM-Flint and one to the Department of Nursing. The nursing application includes the application form, two reference forms, and an essay question.

Is the application online?

The nursing application is available on our website to download as a Word file. Students can fill the application out in Word, however it must be printed and submitted as a hard copy. Those applying Fall 2015 for Fall 2016 admission will be using an online nursing application (Nursing CAS).