Why UM-Flint


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) supports the baccalaureate degree as the minimal preparation for professional nursing practice. Many hospitals have changed employment requirements for RNs, hiring BSNs first — or hiring only BSNs. UM-Flint’s nationally-recognized program is designed to meet the demand for a highly-educated nursing workforce.


The program is online, flexible, and intended for the working RN who seeks to advance their education, career, and service to patients. The online format leverages innovative technologies that ensure meaningful faculty/student interaction. UM-Flint’s revolving admission policy allows students to be admitted in fall, winter, spring, or summer.


UM-Flint nursing faculty bring practical work experience from a range of healthcare settings to the online learning environment. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of teaching, mentoring, and research experience. Whatever your goal, their expertise, networks, and access to U-M resources can make a difference for your future.

Next steps

Degree Path


Prospective students must file an application to the University through the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Undergraduate Admissions http://www.umflint.edu/admissions. Official copies of transcripts must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Proof of Registered Nurse (RN) licensure in the United States must be validated in order to progress into select nursing courses and complete all degree requirements. Fifteen (15) University of Michigan-Flint credits are awarded upon validation of an unencumbered RN license within the United States.  

The University of Michigan-Flint has a revolving admission policy, which allows prospective students to be admitted in Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer. Before applying, out-of-state students, or those who may relocate during the program, should contact the School of Nursing to confirm that the University of Michigan-Flint is authorized to offer distance education in the student’s state of residence. The School of Nursing, in conjunction with the Office of Extended Learning, will determine the University’s status in that state.

University of Michigan-Flint students in a bachelor’s degree program are required to complete at least 120 credits including 45 UM-Flint credits (15 of which are granted for verification of RN licensure); in addition, the last 30 credits must be completed at UM-Flint.  Students earning a second bachelor’s degree or simultaneous bachelor’s degrees should review pertinent information in the Academic Policies and Regulations section of this Catalog.  

Progression in the Program

Students must earn grades of C (2.0) or better in all prerequisite, NUR and NSC coursework to fulfill degree requirements.

If applicable, requirements (such as annual tuberculosis testing, drug testing, medical equipment, background checks, health forms, immunizations, CPR certification, etc.) vary by experiential learning agency and are at the student’s expense. Students must meet health requirements and background check requirements as well as any other agency-specific requirements. Admitted and prospective students are encouraged to refer to the RN to BSN Student Handbook which can be found on the School of Nursing website. http://www.umflint.edu/nursing for detailed program progression requirements.


A. Nursing Core
  • NUR 412 is an experiential learning course requiring approximately 16 hours of volunteer activities in the community as well as other community-based activities. Faculty will work with students to identify acceptable experiential learning experiences that may take place in hospitals, community clinics, health departments, schools, or other suitable community organizations.
  • NUR 300 - Theoretical Concepts for Professional Nursing (3)
  • NUR 316 - Research in Nursing (3) or NUR 308
  • NUR 345 - Nursing Informatics (2)
  • NUR 369 - Transcultural Health Care (3)
  • NUR 412 - Community Health Nursing for Registered Nurses (5)
  • NUR 420 - Leadership and Management for RNs (5)
  • NUR 421 - Synthesis of Knowledge for Professional Nursing Practice (3)

One from:

  • NSC 180 - Legal and Moral Decisions in Health Care (3) (or NSC 178)

One from:

  • NUR 204 - Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (3)
  • NUR 307 - Integrated Case Studies in Nursing for RNs (3)

One from:

  • NUR 370 - Health Policy for Nursing (2)
  • NUR 408 - Nursing Issues and Trends for Registered Nurses (2)
B. Electives

Three (3) additional credits from:

  • NSC or NUR 350-399 (excluding NUR 345, NUR 362, NUR 369, NUR 370).
  • NUR 274 - Complementary and Integrative Health (3)
  • NUR 499 - Independent Study in Nursing (1-4)
C. Program Assessment
  • Students are required to participate in periodic program assessment, which enables the School of Nursing to test the efficacy of the curriculum.
D. Additional Requirements
  • All School of Nursing General Education requirements, required only for students without a previous bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institutions.
  • All University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements.

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits

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To begin the RN to BSN program, nurses must apply to the University of Michigan-Flint for admission. Official copies of transcripts must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

In order to be considered for admission, you must meet the following requirement:

  • A minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in nursing program*

Transferring Credit

Many students pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree after completing an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). To determine how many transfer credits may be applied to your BSN, please utilize the UM-Flint transfer equivalency database. The Office of Admissions will review your previous transcripts to determine your transfer credit. There is no limit on the number of credits that you can transfer, but UM-Flint has a 45-credit-hour residency requirement to be granted a bachelor's degree. The residency requirement for University of Michigan graduates is 30 credit hours. RN to BSN students receive 15 institutional credits by successful completion of the NCLEX-RN.

*If candidates do not initially meet the GPA requirement, they will be required to complete 9 credits of coursework at the University of Michigan-Flint with a minimum 3.0 GPA before beginning the RN to BSN core curriculum.

Michigan Transfer Guides

UM-Flint's School of Nursing has also established articulation agreements with Michigan institutions to facilitate the direct transfer of nursing credit from ADN to BSN. 

Next steps


Experiential Learning

Senior-level courses (NUR 412 & NUR 420) include an experiential learning component. These courses utilize experiential learning (EL) strategies to facilitate meeting the course objectives. In NUR 412 students engage in a variety of community/experiential learning activities in order to integrate and apply new knowledge and skills to enhance professional practice.

Sites that you may consider for EL activities for Community Health Nursing (NUR 412) could include free medical clinics, health departments, schools, head start, health fairs at churches or other community organizations, soup kitchens, food banks, hospice agencies, homeless shelters, women's shelters, and religious charities just to list a few.

NUR 420 requires conducting virtual/phone interviews and completing online modules to meet the EL objectives. Sites that you may consider for interviews for Leadership and Management in Nursing (NUR 420) could include hospitals, community clinics, health departments, schools of nursing, or any organization where there is a leader. Your EL faculty will assist you the first two weeks of the semester in selecting activities that will meet the requirements. 


Certificate In Nursing Leadership and Management

This online certificate program is open to students who hold a BSN or are currently enrolled in a BSN program. The certificate prepares students for positions of nursing leadership within health care organizations. The certificate can be completed online. Upon completion of this certificate, students may independently decide to pursue a national certification exam and their coursework can serve as partial preparation for this test. A sample curriculum is below. For the official certificate, please visit the UM-Flint Catalog.

Course Description Credit Hours
NUR 420 or NUR 430 or NUR 440 Leadership and Management (Included in RN to BSN Degree) 5
NUR 370 Health Policy for Nursing 3
NUR 380 Immersion in Nursing Leadership and Management 3
One of the following inter-Professional education collaborative courses (IPEC): ACC 202, AGE 378, BUS 115, COM 261, COM 363, HCR 377, HCR 477, MGT 341, PHL 271, PHS 467, PSY 365 Currently offered courses at the university selected to support content and objectives of a certificate in leadership and management. 3
Total   14

Certificate In Nursing Case Management

The certificate program in Case Management is open to students who hold a BSN or are currently enrolled in a BSN program and will prepare the student for positions in a variety of organizations including hospitals, outpatient clinics, insurance companies, and disease management organizations. The certificate can be completed online. Case management is an evolving practice that constantly transforms in response to changes in healthcare law and regulations, delivery systems, accreditation standards, and expectations from clients, providers, and payors. A sample curriculum is below. Upon completion of this certificate, students may independently decide to pursue a national certification exam and their coursework can serve as partial preparation for this test. For the official curriculum, please visit the UM-Flint Catalog.

Course Description Credit Hours
NSC 393 Case Management for Health Care Professionals 3
NUR 366 Case Management Principles and Theory 3
NUR 370 Health Policy for Nursing 3
NUR 412 Community Health Nursing for Registered Nurses 5-6

Please speak with your advisor about adding one of these exciting opportunities into your current course plan. Please schedule an appointment with your advisor today!