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 for fall 2016 admission (apply between Dec. 1, 2015 and Jan. 15, 2016), 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.

2015 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 by the deadline date 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. Only the prerequisite courses listed below will be 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 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 and Physiology I (4 credits) *
BIO 168: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) *
BIO 135: Microbiology Basics (with lab) (4 credits) *
CHM 252: Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences (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 and Moral Decisions in Nursing and Health Care (3 credits)
PSY 313: Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
NSC 209: Basic Nutrition for Health Care Practitioners (3 credits)
NSC 233: General Principles of Pharmacology (3 credits)
Other Course:
NUR 120: Basic Nursing Concepts and 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 will be accepted November 30, 2015 through January 15, 2016 for fall 2016 admission. 

Nursing Application: The ASD BSN application will be available for download before November 30, 2015. Application and all other required materials must be returned to the Department of Nursing by January 15, 2016.

Reference form: applicants may download the reference form for fall 2016 admission here.

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 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 Nursing Care I 9 credits
NUR 308* Research in Nursing      3 credits  
Semester Two (Winter)
NUR 340 Adult Nursing 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 for Second Degree 5 credits
NUR 369*                          Transcultural Healthcare 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 Knowledge and Practice for Second Degree 4 credits                       
NUR 440 Leadership and Management in Nursing for Second Degree 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.




Even though you have or will be completing a degree, you are considered a pre-nursing student. All pre-nursing advising is done in the Student Success Center. You may contact them at (810) 762-3085 to schedule an appointment.


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 send your inquiries to nursingemail@umflint.edu.  


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


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.


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.

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 December 2015 through January 2016 for Fall 2016 admission will be using an online nursing application (Nursing CAS).


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.


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 accelerated 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?

Unfortunately, there is not currently a part-time option in the accelerated program. Students have the option to complete the traditional program part 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 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.


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.