About the Program


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

Students interested in applying to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program are encouraged to attend an information session to get the latest details regarding the application process prior to applying. 

CLICK HERE:  2020 Nursing Information Meeting Schedule

UPDATED ZOOM LINK TO NURSING INFORMATION MEETINGS:  https://umich.zoom.us/j/96551251742


Students who wish to join the Accelerated Second Degree (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 Nursing 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.

Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program is selective and competitive. Up to 40 students are admitted twice per year.

NOTE:  Students interested in applying to both the Accelerated Second Degree BSN and the Traditional BSN Program must complete separate applications for both programs.  Go here to apply to the Traditional BSN Program:  https://www.umflint.edu/nursing/traditional-bsn-program


DEADLINE FOR FALL 2021 APPLICATIONS:  Friday, January 15, 2021.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Fall 2021 Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program - Click Here:  FALL 2021 ACCELERATED BSN PROGRAM


1. Apply and be admitted to UM-Flint.  ALL official transcripts from all colleges and universities (not including UM-Flint) must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Undergraduate Admissions

2. Confirm you meet criteria for admission.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution or veteran (honorably or generally discharged medic or service member with military healthcare training).
  • FOUR (4) prerequisites (at least two must be science courses, one of which must be a biology course) must be completed by the nursing application deadline.  All prerequisites must be completed before beginning the Nursing core curriculum. If applying for Fall 2021 admission, you must be enrolled in the remaining prerequisite courses in Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021. 
    1. BIO 135 - Microbiology Basics
    2. BIO 167 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    3. BIO 168 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    4. CHM 150 & CHM 151 - General Chem. for Health Sciences w/Lab (or any college-level CHM course with a lab)  UM-Flint's CHM 135 is not acceptable.
    5. NSC 180 - Legal & Moral Decisions in Health Care (or NSC 178)
    6. NSC 207 - Pathophysiology
    7. NSC 209 - Basic Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners
    8. NSC 233 - Pharmacology
    9. PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology
  • If you have transfer credit for any prerequisite courses, CONFIRM that the course transfers specifically as the correct UM-Flint course number.  Link to Transfer Equivalency Database:  https://transfer.umflint.edu/

  • A minimum grade of C+ (2.3) is required for successful completion of each prerequisite course.  The exception is chemistry; a grade of C (2.0) is acceptable in chemistry.

  • Biology credits must be no more than ten years old (BIO 135, 167, 168 - prior to September 2011 for Fall 2021 admission). Note:  If BIO 167 & BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) coursework is completed more than ten years ago, but NSC 207-Pathophysiology (or approved equivalent) is successfully completed within ten years, A&P coursework does not have to be repeated.

  • Pathophysiology (NSC 207) and Pharmacology (NSC 233) credits must be no more than ten years old (prior to September 2011 for Fall 2021 admission). 

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 of the most recent 30 credits completed.  In most cases, this will be based on more than 30 credits.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 of all prerequisite courses completed at the time of application.  This will include the grade of record for any prerequisite course that you may be in the process of repeating at the time of application.

3. Two (2) professional references are required.

  • Up to three (3) references may be submitted.
  • At least one (1) reference must be from a faculty member/instructor.
  • Email the following link to your reference-writer and ask them to submit the reference form electronically by the nursing application deadline:

Link to Reference Form:   BSN REFERENCE FORM

4. A one-page essay is required. The essay question changes from year to year. 

ESSAY Instructions:  Please submit a one-page double-spaced essay (Times Roman font, size 12 required) on the following questions. Include your Univ. ID, not your name, on the response.

Why did you select nursing as your field of study?

Beyond the assumed qualities of helping or caring for others, explain your rationale for pursuing the nursing profession?

SECOND PAGE (OPTIONAL): Nursing programs are academically rigorous.  What characteristics do you possess that will make you successful in the nursing program at the University of Michigan-Flint?  (200 word limit).

5. 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. 

6. Apply directly to the Nursing Program.  This will take time.  You may save and continue your work. 

Documents needed to apply include the following:

For assistance in completing the nursing application:

APPLICATION LINK for the Fall 2021 Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program:  FALL 2021 ACCELERATED BSN APPLICATION




For an official listing of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint Catalog


Graduates of the Accelerated Second Degree BSN 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).


Students admitted to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN 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 Accelerated Second Degree BSN program is the Generic Nursing rate under Undergraduate Nursing Tuition.

Interested in becoming an advanced practice nurse?

Admitted students to the Accelerated or Traditional BSN Program are eligible for early review by the School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee and potential Early Assurance Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.  Students will have the option to indicate interest in being considered for this early review at the time of application to the BSN program.

Program Options for Potential Early Assurance Admission to UM-Flint's Graduate Nursing Program:

  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP - Adult-Gerontology (Acute or Primary Care)
  • DNP - Family
  • DNP - Psychiatric Mental Health

Criteria for Potential Early Assurance Admission to MSN or DNP:

  • Admission to the Accelerated or Traditional BSN Program.
  • Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA with emphasis on nursing and science coursework after a minimum of two (2) semesters completion in the BSN program.
  • Successful completion of a 3-credit college-level statistics course with a minimum C (2.3) grade. (Required for application to MSN only.)
  • Minimum of one (1) year work experience as a Registered Nurse for DNP Adult-Gerontology Acute Care applicants.
  • Successful completion of the NCLEX (Registered Nurse) exam prior to the start of the MSN or DNP program.
  • Consult the Graduate Nursing Advisor (jyankee@umich.edu) and visit the School of Nursing Graduate Programs website for additional admission criteria and program requirements:  https://www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/.
  • Early Assurance Admission is competitive.  If not selected for Early Assurance Admission, BSN candidates may apply through the standard competitive admission process.