About the Program


The Accelerated Second Degree (ASD) program is designed for students with a previous bachelor's degree or veterans 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: The ASD to MSN program 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 details regarding the application process prior to applying. The information meeting schedule is available for download below.

School of Nursing Information Meetings



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 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.

Fall 2018 Admission: students apply December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018

Admission to the ASD Program is selective and competitive. Up to 40 students are admitted twice per year.

In order to be considered for admission, you must have met 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 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 start of the program.
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 will be 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 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 School 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 (only for admitted students):
NUR 120: Basic Nursing Concepts and Skills (to be completed after admission but before program start) (1 credit). Students will complete in summer for fall start or in fall for winter start.

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 for fall 2018 admission may be submitted to the School of Nursing from December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018 by 5:00 pm. Applications must be postmarked by January 12, 2018
Applications for winter 2019 admission may be submitted to the School of Nursing from August 1, 2018 – September 14, 2018 by 5:00 pm.  Applications must be postmarked by September 14, 2018

Completed applications may be submitted in person or via US mail to the School of Nursing with ALL required documents. 

The application is available for download here for those applying for fall 2018 admission. The application for winter 2019 will be available July 2018.

Reference form: applicants may download the reference form for fall 2018 or winter 2019 admission 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.  TOEFL is offered through the University of Michigan-Flint. More information about the TOEFL at UM-Flint can be found here. MELAB locations can be found here. Please contact Vickie Jaskiewicz, Nursing Advisor, at vljaski@umflint.edu for minimum score requirements.


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
NUR 202 Health Assessment 3 credits
NUR 240 Adult Nursing Care I 10 credits
NUR 308* Research in Nursing      3 credits  
Semester Two
NUR 340 Adult Nursing Care II 9 credits  
NUR 405   Mental Health Nursing   5 credits 
Semester Three
NUR 331 Maternity Nursing 4 credits
NUR 336 Parent-Child Nursing for Second Degree 4 credits
NUR 369*                          Transcultural Healthcare 3 credits                         
NUR 401 Theoretical Concepts of Population-Centered Nursing 4 credits                      
Semester Four
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 5 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). 


ASD to MSN Program
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 MSN 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 School 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 see above. If you have specific nursing program questions, please request program information here.  


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 School 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 program 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 School 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.


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 email or 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 School 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.