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If you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, you can get on the fast track to a nursing degree at the University of Michigan-Flint.

The Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing program lets you skip general education requirements and only take nursing courses. This intense, concentrated program consists of four full-time semesters that you can complete in just 16 months. Depending on your academic background, you also may need to take up to two semesters of pre-nursing courses.

You’ll learn in the classroom and in hands-on clinical placements at area hospitals and other health care providers, where you’ll work alongside health care professionals. These clinicals often lead to full-time positions. They’re just one reason a majority of our students have job offers before graduation.

At UM-Flint, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet and learn with students who share your interests and career aspirations in a variety of groups. They include the UM-Flint Student Nurses’ Association, the Sigma-Pi Delta International Nursing Honor Society and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club, among others.

When you graduate from the ASD BSN program, you’ll have:

  • The advanced, hands-on training needed to become a highly-skilled nurse.
  • An esteemed Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Michigan.
  • The preparation needed to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Even though the program is concentrated, our graduates excel. Some 95.5 percent of them have passed the NCLEX-RN exam on their first try.

Opportunities for nurses abound today in hospitals, outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, physicians’ offices, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, schools, the military, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, fitness centers, community and public health agencies, and many other settings. With your ASD BSN from UM-Flint, you’ll be prepared to work at any of them.

How to Apply

Admission to UM-Flint’s Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program is competitive. We admit a maximum of up to 56 students to each cohort each fall.  Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Michigan-Flint. You’ll be enrolled in the School of Nursing as a pre-nursing student.
  2. Work with a Nursing Advisor to complete nursing prerequisite courses.  Schedule an advising appointment here.
  3. Apply directly to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program.  See the description of the application process and for a direct link to the nursing application.

Early Assurance Admission – UM-Flint’s Graduate Nursing Programs:
Students in one of UM-Flint’s BSN programs benefit from being eligible for potential Early Assurance Admission to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program with Master of Science in Nursing. The program, which is offered online with minimal campus visits, prepares students to become nurse practitioners.

Why UM-Flint?

Quality, innovation, and leadership are the hallmarks of UM-Flint’s School of Nursing. Here are just three examples:

  • Besides enjoying small classes taught by expert instructors, nursing students at UM-Flint benefit from the Nursing Simulation Center. It’s a state-of-the-art simulation facility where you can learn high quality, safe patient care while using evidence-based clinical decision-making. You can watch virtual tours of the first floor and the second floor.
  • Associate Professor of Nursing Marilyn Filter has developed a new scope that makes vaginal and rectal exams more comfortable and less invasive. It replaces the speculum, a device used for two centuries.
  • Cynthia McCurren, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing at UM-Flint, was recently appointed chair of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors. AACN represents more than 850 nursing schools worldwide. Dean McCurren is leading its efforts to establish quality standards for nursing education, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support for nursing education, research, and practice.

Nursing Programs at UM-Flint

In addition to the Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing and its honors version, UM-Flint’s School of Nursing offers a wide variety of other undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. They range from the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing to a certificate in Nursing Case Management to master’s and doctoral degrees.

All nursing degree and certificate programs at the University of Michigan-Flint are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

UM-Flint’s College of Health Sciences offers two master’s degree programs of its own that complement those offered by the School of Nursing: the Master of Science in Physician Assistant and the dual Master of Science in Physician Assistant/Master of Business Administration.

Scholarships for Nursing Majors

If you transfer into UM-Flint with a GPA of at least 3.0, you’ll automatically receive a $5,000 University of Michigan-Flint Transfer Scholarship. It provides $2,500 for each of your first two academic years at UM-Flint.

You also may qualify for financial assistance through our Office of Financial Aid. In addition, UM-Flint provides more than a dozen scholarships that are specifically for nursing students. They’re made possible through generous donations to the UM-Flint School of Nursing.

Academic Advising for Nursing Majors

Pursuing an Accelerated Second Degree BSN is challenging, especially because the program is concentrated. To help you succeed, the School of Nursing provides dedicated academic advisors. They can help you determine whether your transfer credits allow you to skip any pre-nursing classes, choose classes, navigate program requirements, overcome personal challenges, develop post-graduation plans, and much more.

You also can schedule an appointment online at SON advising.

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Because nursing education has so many components, we’ve created a major map. It provides year-by-year details about classes you’ll take, experiences available in the community, preparing for life after graduation, and more. Download the major map today and start planning your future.

Career Opportunities in Nursing

Demand for nurses is expected to remain strong, especially with the aging of the nation’s population. Consider these job projections through 2030 for different career paths in nursing from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Registered Nurses

  • Job growth through 2030: 9 percent
  • Job openings annually through 2030: 194,500
  • Typical entry-level education required: Bachelor’s degree
  • Median annual salary: $77,600

Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

  • Job growth through 2030: 45 percent
  • Job openings annually through 2030: 29,400
  • Typical entry-level education required: Master’s degree
  • Median annual salary: $122,780

Physician Assistants

  • Job growth through 2030: 31 percent
  • Job openings annually through 2030: 12,200
  • Typical entry-level education required: Master’s degree
  • Median annual salary: $121,530
$77,600 median annual wage for registered nurses
$122,780 median annual wage for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners
$121,530 median annual wage for physician assistants

Get Started on Your Nursing Career Today

If you’re ready to tackle the challenges of becoming a dedicated, highly skilled nurse in a concentrated program, apply to UM-Flint’s Accelerated Second Degree BSN program today. If you have questions, you can contact the program’s dedicated academic advisors or schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor by clicking here.