About the Program

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for students who do not already hold a Registered Nurse license. While completing prerequisite requirements, students are enrolled in the School of Nursing as a pre-nursing student. 

Students interested in applying to the Traditional 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. Please note: the November and December 2018 information meetings will be delivered in-person only. There will be no webcast for these meetings.

School of Nursing Information Meetings



Students seeking admission to the Traditional BSN program must apply to the University of Michigan-Flint for admission. High school students will apply as a first time in college student (FTIC) and students who have completed college coursework at other institutions will apply as transfer students. While completing prerequisite requirements, students will enroll in the University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing as pre-nursing students. The University of Michigan-Flint has a revolving admission policy, and students may be admitted to the university to begin prerequisite work in fall, winter, spring, or summer. Students then apply to the nursing program and are admitted in fall and winter each year.

Admission to the Traditional program is selective and competitive. Up to 40 students are admitted twice per year and cohorts begin in the fall and winter semesters.

In order to be considered for admission, students must meet 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 eight 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 prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the program. If students are applying in fall for winter admission, they must be in the remaining prerequisite courses in fall term. If students are applying in winter for fall admission, they have winter, spring, and summer to complete the remaining prerequisite courses. The more prerequisite courses completed by the deadline date, the stronger their nursing applications will be.

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 are 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 references are required.

A one-page essay. The question is available in the application and changes from year to year.


Application Deadline:

Applications for fall 2019 admission may be submitted to the School of Nursing from December 1, 2018 - January 11, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Applications must be postmarked by January 11, 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 can 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 winter 2019 admission. The application for fall 2019 will be available by December 1, 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.  The 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 undergraduate program manager Maris Gilles at mgilles@umflint.edu for minimum score requirements.


For an official listing of the traditional BSN program curriculum, please consult the UM-Flint Catalog.



Graduates of the Traditional 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).


Program costs

Students admitted to the Traditional 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 Traditional program is the Generic Nursing rate under Undergraduate Nursing Tuition.


Learn more about the UM-Flint Direct Admit program for nursing by clicking below:

Direct Admit Information