About the Program

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is designed for students who do not already hold a registered nursing license. While completing pre-requisite 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 information regarding the application process prior to applying. Information sessions are held once a month, and the schedule can be downloaded below.

2015 Information Sessions




Students who wish to join 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 instutions will apply 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 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, you must meet the following requirements:

Admitted to the University and have a University of Michigan-Flint ID number

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 you are applying in fall for winter admission, you must be in the remaining prerequisite courses in fall term. If you are applying in winter for fall admission, you have winter, spring, and summer to complete the remaining prerequisite courses. The more prerequisite courses completed by the deadline date, the stronger your nursing application 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: Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)*
BIO 168: Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)*
BIO 135: Microbiology (with lab) (4 credits)*
CHM 150/151: General Chemisty 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 deadline for Fall 2015 admission was September 16, 2014. The next application deadline will be                    August 1, 2015 through September 18, 2015 for winter 2016 admission.

Nursing Application: The Department of Nursing will be transitioning to an electronic nursing centralized application (Nursing CAS). Those who will be applying for winter 2016 admission will use this new electronic application. For more information, please visit the Nursing CAS website. This application will not be available until August 1, 2015.

Reference form: All applicants will be using a new electronic reference form from Nursing CAS. This reference form will not be available until August 1, 2015.

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.


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* Biochemistry 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* Nutrition 3 credits
NSC 233* 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 Health Care 3 credits
NUR 320 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 6 credits
NSC 178* Legal/Moral Decisions in Nursing/Healthcare 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/Management 5 credits
NUR 435 Synthesis 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.


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, heald 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 send your inquiries to nursingemail@umflint.edu.

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. Those applying in December 2015 through January 2016 for fall 2016 admission will be using an online nursing application (Nursing CAS).

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.