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 Nursing 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 2019 information meeting schedule is available for download below.

Nursing Program 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 Nursing as 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. Up to 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 2.75 of completed prerequisite courses by application. Only the prerequisite courses listed below are calculated in prerequisite GPA.

A minimum GPA of 2.75 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.


Application Deadline: JANUARY 25, 2019; 5:00 p.m.


To apply for admission to the Nursing program, you must be admitted to the University of Michigan-Flint. When you click the link to the electronic application, you will be prompted to log in with your UM-Flint credentials. To prepare for the application, you may refer to the winter 2019 application linked below, but ALL fall 2019 applications will be submitted electronically.

To submit your application, you must be prepared to upload the following documents. Please have them ready when you begin the application:

  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including University of Michigan-Flint transcript (if applicable). Official transcripts must be on file with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • A complete, signed Clinical Student Disclosure statement (linked below)
  • A complete, signed Essential Abilities Form (linked below)
  • A copy of your essay (the essay prompt is linked below)
  • If applicable, the results of your English language proficiency exam (see below)


Two professional references are required but not more than three. At least one reference must be from a faculty member/instructor. References may be submitted in a number of ways:

  • Email the FormAssembly link (https://formassembly.umflint.edu/6043) to your reference and ask him/her to submit the form (preferred)
  • Provide your reference with a printed copy of the form linked below and ask him/her to email it to UMFlintNursingApplication@umich.edu
  • Provide your reference with a printed copy of the form and ask him/her to complete it and return it to you in a sealed envelope with your name written across the back. It will then be your responsibility to mail or deliver the form the School of Nursing. Mailing address: 303 E. Kearsley St., 2180 WSW Building, Flint, MI 48502, Attn: Sean Minty

The application for fall 2019 admission is available here: https://formassembly.umflint.edu/6022

FOR REFERENCE ONLY, the application for winter 2019 is available for download here

Reference Form

Essential Abilities Form

Clinical Student Disclosure Statement

Essay Prompt

Please note: Non-native English speakers, non-United States citizens, and/or students not born in the United States must submit official scores for one of the following three tests with the nursing application:  the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum total score of 85 and scores of at least 20 in each of the subtopics, the International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum 6.5 overall score and 6.5 in each subtopic, or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum overall score of 80. 


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



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