About the Program

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for students who do not already hold a Registered Nurse license. While completing prerequisite requirements, students are enrolled in the School of Health Professions and Studies as a pre-nursing student. 

Students interested in applying to the Traditional program are encouraged to attend an information session to get the latest details regarding the application process prior to applying. The information meeting schedule is available for download below.

Department of Nursing Information Meetings



Students seeking admission to the Traditional BSN program must apply to the University of Michigan-Flint for admission. High school students will apply as a first time in college student (FTIC) and students who have completed college coursework at other institutions will apply as transfer students. While completing prerequisite requirements, students will enroll in the University of Michigan-Flint School of Health Professions and Studies as a pre-nursing students. The University of Michigan-Flint has a revolving admission policy, and students may be admitted to the university to begin prerequisite work in fall, winter, spring, or summer. Students then apply to the nursing program and are admitted in fall and winter each year.

Admission to the Traditional program is selective and competitive. 40 students are admitted twice per year and cohorts begin in the fall and winter semesters.

In order to be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:

Applied to the University of Michigan-Flint and have a complete application (including official transcripts) on file in the Undergraduate Admissions Office

A minimum of four out of the eight program prerequisites must be completed by the deadline date in order to be eligible to apply. Two of them must be science courses. All remaining prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program. If students are applying in fall for winter admission, they must be in the remaining prerequisite courses in fall term. If students are applying in winter for fall admission, they have winter, spring, and summer to complete the remaining prerequisite courses. The more prerequisite courses completed by the deadline date, the stronger their nursing applications will be.

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. Only the prerequisite courses listed below are calculated in prerequisite GPA.

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 references are required.

A one-page essay. The question is available in the application and changes from year to year.

Science Prerequisite Courses:
BIO 167: Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)*
BIO 168: Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)*
BIO 135: Microbiology Basics (with lab) (4 credits)*
CHM 150/151: General Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab (4 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:
ENG 111: College Rhetoric (3 credits)
ENG 112: Critical Writing and Reading (3 credits)
NUR 110: Introduction to Professional Nursing (2 credits)

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 Traditional program.


Application Deadline:
The application for winter 2017 admission is available for download here.  Please note: Completed applications must be submitted in person or via US mail to the Department of Nursing with ALL required documents. Applications will be accepted August 1, 2016 through September 16, 2016 for winter 2017 admission.

Reference form: The reference form is included in the application but an additional copy may be downloaded here.

Please note: An English language proficiency exam is required for ALL non U.S. citizens, non-native English speaking applicants, and those not born in the U.S. even if you are a permanent resident and regardless of enrollment in an English educational system.  Students are allowed to complete TOEFL (must be internet based), MELAB or IELTS.  Both the MELAB and TOEFL are offered through the University of Michigan-Flint.  Click here for more information:  http://www.umflint.edu/international/elp/testing.  Please contact Vickie Jaskiewicz, Nursing Advisor, at vljaski@umflint.edu for minimum score requirements.


In the Traditional program, students will complete 11-15 credits each semester for 6 semesters. Below is an overview of the Traditional program. For an official listing of the traditional BSN program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint Catalog.

Semester One
CHM 252* Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences 3 credits
PSY 313* Developmental Psychology 3 credits
NUR 202 Health Assessment 3 credits
NUR 220 Fundamentals of Nursing 6 credits
Semester Two
NSC 209* Basic Nutrition for Health Care Practitioners 3 credits
NSC 233* General Principles of Pharmacology 3 credits
NUR 250 Medical Surgical Nursing I 6 credits
NUR 308* Research in Nursing 3 credits
Semester Three
NUR 255 Gerontological Nursing 2 credits
NUR 369* Transcultural Healthcare 3 credits
NUR 320 Medical Surgical Nursing II 6 credits
NSC 178* Legal and Moral Decisions in Nursing and Health Care 3 credits
Semester Four
NUR 330 Maternity Nursing 5 credits
NUR 335 Parent-Child Nursing 6 credits
Semester Five
NUR 405 Mental Health Nursing 5 credits
NUR 407 Nursing Issues and Trends 2 credits
NUR 410 Community Health Nursing 6 credits
Semester Six
NUR 430 Leadership and Management in Nursing 5 credits
NUR 435 Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge and Practice 5 credits
NUR 362 Professional Nursing for Entry Into Practice 1 credit

*CHM 252, PSY 313, NSC 209, NSC 233, NUR 308, NUR 369, and NSC 178 may be completed prior to admission to the program.



Graduates of the Traditional 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).


Program costs

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


Learn more about the UM-Flint Direct Admit program for nursing by clicking below:

Direct Admit Information


Can I meet with a Nursing Advisor?

All students who want to apply to the nursing program are considered pre-nursing students, and they are advised in the Student Success Center. You may contact them at (810) 762-3085 to schedule an appointment.

What if I have a specific nursing question?

Students are strongly encouraged to attend a nursing information meeting, held each month in the Department of Nursing. They provide critical information about the program. Some of the sessions are web broadcast if you cannot attend in person. To view the information session schedule, please click here. If you have specific nursing program questions, please request nursing program information here.

How can a student determine what is an appropriate equivalent course to complete at another institution?

UM-Flint has an extensive transfer database for equivalencies. Please click the following link to view: Transfer Database.

Can courses be evaluated if they do not transfer as equivalent prerequisite Courses?

All nursing prerequisite courses completed at other institutions must transfer as the equivalent prerequisite course. Course equivalency approvals must be approved by departments with final approval by the Department of Nursing prior to applying to the nursing program. Documentation of this approval must be submitted with your nursing application.

The following courses are evaluated through Nursing:

NSC 178 (Legal/Moral Decisions in Nursing/Healthcare), NSC 207 (Pathophysiology), NSC 209 (Nutrition), NSC 233 (Pharmacology)

If you have completed a prior nursing course that is not transferring as the equivalent, and you would like it to be evaluated for equivalency, you will be required to submit an unofficial transcript showing you completed the course, a course description, and a syllabus to the Nursing Advisor, Vickie Jaskiewicz, via email at vljaski@umflint.edu. Courses will not be evaluated if all documents listed above are not submitted.

The following courses are evaluated through the Biology Department:

BIO 167 (Anatomy & Physiology I), BIO 168 (Anatomy & Physiology II), BIO 135 (Microbiology)

If you have completed a prior biology course that is not transferring as the equivalent, and you would like it to be evaluated for equivalency, you will be required to submit an unofficial transcript showing you completed the course, a course description, and a syllabus to the Biology Department Chair, Dr. Steven Myers, via email at myerslab@umflint.edu. The Biology Chair sends recommendations to the Department of Nursing for final approvals. Courses will not be evaluated if all documents listed above are not submitted.

The following course is evaluated through the Chemistry Department:

CHM 252 (Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences)

If you have completed a prior biochemistry course that is not transferring as the equivalent, and you would like it to be evaluated for equivalency, you will be required to submit an unofficial transcript showing you completed the course, a course description, and a syllabus to the Nursing Advisor, Vickie Jaskiewicz, via email at vljaski@umflint.edu. Vickie works with the Chemistry Department for course equivalency approval. Courses will not be evaluated if all documents listed above are not submitted.

Do prerequisite courses expire after a certain period of time?

Yes. BIO 135 (Microbiology), BIO 167 (A&P I), and BIO 168 (A&P II) must be completed within seven years of the deadline date of your nursing application. For example, if you completed a course in fall of 2007, it would expire at the end of December 2014.

How do students apply for this program?

Application for the Traditional 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.

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

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

How will I be notified if I am accepted to the program? If I am not admitted, can I apply again?

All students will receive a letter via U.S. mail. Students may reapply if they are not admitted.

Can a student work while in the program?

We strongly recommend that a student does not work while completing the Traditional program. The program requires a tremendous amount of time and effort with very little flexibility. If a student does work, we suggest part-time employment with an employer who can accommodate a flexible schedule, as the student's course schedule will change each semester. Students typically spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in class, clinical, and study time.

Is there a part-time option?

Yes. If students complete the seven courses in the nursing program prior to admission, they would only have a part-time course load for the first three semesters. In addition, students may request to complete only one clinical each semester rather than the standard two for semesters four, five, and six. The program will take longer to complete, however it is an option for those who do not want to go full time.

Where do students complete clinical, and do they get to choose where they are placed?

The majority of clinical placements are in Genesee County at the three major hospitals-Hurley Medical Center, Genesys Regional Medical Center, and McLaren Regional Medical Center-Flint. However, there are certain semesters where students are placed outside of Genesee County in the Lansing, Detroit, or Saginaw areas. Each semester, students are given the opportunity to rank their clinical placement preferences, which are then assigned by the Department of Nursing.

Will I be a nurse once I complete the program?

No. You will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which qualifies you to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX). Once you pass NCLEX, you are a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN, BSN.


The GenoPro medical genogram software is used in select Community Health Nursing courses in the BSN program and in some DNP program courses. University of Michigan-Flint students, faculty, and staff may download this software free of charge by clicking this link to my.umflintUsers will be prompted to log in using their Uniqname and LAN password. Please note: the company that produces this software allows you the opportunity to upload personal and family information, but the faculty of UM-Flint advises against this.