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 BSN program are encouraged to attend an information session to get the latest details regarding the application process prior to applying. The 2020 information meeting schedule is available for download below.

CLICK HERE:  2020 Nursing Program Information Meeting Schedule


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 BSN program is selective and competitive. Up to 48 students are admitted twice per year and cohorts begin in the fall and winter semesters.

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 Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program:  https://www.umflint.edu/nursing/Second_Degree



DEADLINE FOR WINTER 2021 APPLICATIONS:  Tuesday, September 15, 2020.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

APPLICATION LINK for the Winter 2021 Traditional BSN Program - Click Here:  TRADITIONAL BSN APPLICATION (W21)

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.

  • 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 Winter 2021 admission, you must be enrolled in the remaining prerequisite courses in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and/or Fall 2020. 

    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. ENG 111 - College Rhetoric
    6. ENG 112 - Critical Writing & Reading
    7. NSC 207 - Pathophysiology
    8. NUR 110 - Introduction to Professional Nursing 
  • 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 Databasehttps://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 January 2011 for Winter 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 January 2011 for Winter 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:  https://forms.gle/rmzF3xetfvmTgVjP6

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

Link to required essay prompt:  Essay Prompt

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 Winter 2021 Traditional BSN Program:  TRADITIONAL BSN APPLICATION (W21)



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



Graduates of the Traditional 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 Traditional 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 Traditional 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.
  • 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.


Learn more about the UM-Flint Nursing Direct Admit program for high school seniors by clicking below:

Direct Admit Information