Why UM-Flint


Get more out of your military training and service experience. The School of Nursing’s full-time, year-round accelerated BSN program lasts 16 months. Honorably or generally discharged medics, corpsmen, and veterans with other healthcare-related experience are eligible. Course credit or waivers may be granted for previously completed military training. A VBSN nursing advisor will review your transcripts and create a personalized plan of study for you.


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


UM-Flint nursing faculty bring practical work experience from a range of healthcare settings to the 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.

How to Apply

Degree Path

Nursing Accelerated Second Degree Program (BSN)

The University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program provides an opportunity for students with a previous bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, as well as veterans of the United States military services with honorable or general discharges, active duty service members, and members of the National Guard or Reserves, to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in an accelerated format. Students must be committed to an intense, concentrated program of study, which consists of four full-time semesters of nursing courses completed over 16 months.  Eight (8) of the core courses include a clinical component which requires a significant time commitment within a regional hospital or other healthcare facility.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the program is selective. Students are admitted once or twice annually in the Fall and Winter semesters, pending available seats.  Application deadlines and the application process are available on the School of Nursing website.  Only complete applications are considered.  A student who is not admitted and wants to be included in the next pool of applicants must resubmit an updated application.  To learn details of the application and selection process, prospective applicants are encouraged to attend Nursing Information Meetings, held regularly throughout the school year. Review the School of Nursing website http://www.umflint.edu/nursing for scheduled dates and times.

Students may apply after successful completion of four (4) program prerequisites, (at least three for veteran applicants),  including at least two (2) science courses (one of which must be a biology course). Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in their most recent thirty (30) credit hours to be considered for admission. A minimum 2.75 grade point average in prerequisite courses (combined) is also required. It is likely that the prerequisite GPAs and last 30 credit GPAs of accepted students will be well above minimum requirements. Students must earn grades of C+ (2.3) or better in all prerequisite courses with the exception of chemistry, for which a grade of C (2.0) is acceptable. All pre-nursing prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to beginning Semester 1 of the University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program, although completion of a previous bachelor’s degree is not required of veterans prior to applying to the program. Admitted BSN students who do not successfully complete all pre-nursing prerequisite courses will be withdrawn from the program. Admissions decisions are made by the Undergraduate Nursing Admissions Committee and are final; there is no appeal process.

University of Michigan-Flint students in a bachelor’s degree program are required to complete at least 45 UM-Flint credits; the last 30 credits of which must be completed at UM-Flint.  BSN-degree-seeking students must complete a minimum of 120 credits which may include both transfer credits and UM-Flint credits.  Students earning a second bachelor’s degree or simultaneous bachelor’s degrees should review the University Catalog.  In addition to the minimum 120 overall credits, minimum 45 UM-Flint credits, and the last 30 credit University bachelor’s degree requirements, students must also satisfy all requirements for the degree they are pursuing.

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.

Progression in the Program

Students must earn grades of C+ (2.3) or better in all prerequisite, NUR, and NSC coursework to fulfill degree requirements.  The exception is chemistry coursework, where a minimum grade of C (2.0) is acceptable.

Students admitted to the University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program are charged according to a tuition and fee schedule specific to BSN students.  This fee structure is used for all courses elected while in the program. Students will need additional funds for uniforms, annual tuberculosis testing, drug testing, medical equipment, background checks, health forms, pre-entrance physical examination, immunizations, CPR certification, health insurance, and textbooks.  Requirements vary by clinical agency and are at the student’s expense.  Additional requirements may include a valid driver’s license, car insurance, and fingerprinting. Students need to provide their own transportation to and from clinical agencies.  Students must meet health and background check requirements as well as any other agency-specific requirements. Students who are missing any requirements by the announced deadlines will be administratively dropped. Readmission for the next semester is dependent on available space.  Admitted and prospective students are encouraged to refer to the Undergraduate Nursing Student Handbook, which can be found on the School of Nursing website for detailed program progression requirements.

The curriculum is designed for full-time students to complete in 16 months after acceptance into the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Interruption of Program

Students who do not successfully complete first semester nursing (NUR) coursework may not progress and must reapply to the program.  To be considered for readmission, the student must reapply to the program. Students who elect to withdraw from their program may experience a delay before reinstatement, due to enrollment limits. Students who remain enrolled without interruption in their program are given space priority in assignment to clinical courses. Clinical shifts and locations may change pending availability of clinical faculty and agency stipulations. Nursing administration reserves the right to modify a student’s clinical section placement (location and faculty) based on the recommendation of lead or clinical nursing faculty from previous semesters. Any student considering interruption of the program should discuss this with their academic advisor in advance.


A. Pre-Nursing Curriculum

Completion of the following prerequisite courses with minimum grades of C+ (2.3) is required, except for chemistry, for which a grade of C (2.0) is acceptable.

At least four (4) (three for veteran applications) including two (2) in the sciences (one of which must be biology), must be completed prior to application to the program; all must be completed prior to beginning the Nursing core curriculum. 

Biology credits (BIO 135, BIO 167, BIO 168), NSC 207, and NSC 233 must be no more than ten years old at the time of application to the nursing program. A competency exam is available through the School of Nursing for Biology coursework. There is a fee.

Note: If Anatomy and Physiology coursework is completed more than ten years ago, but Pathophysiology (NSC 207) is successfully completed within ten years, Anatomy and Physiology coursework does not have to be repeated.

May be elected online.^

  • A 3-4 credit general chemistry course with a laboratory (excludes CHM 135 and any non-science chemistry.)
  • BIO 135 - Microbiology Basics (4)
  • BIO 167 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIO 168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
  • NSC 180 - Legal and Moral Decisions in Health Care (3) ^ (or NSC 178).
  • NSC 207 - Pathophysiology (3)
  • NSC 209 - Basic Nutrition for Healthcare Practitioners (3) ^
  • NSC 233 - General Principles of Pharmacology (3)
  • PSY 313 - Developmental Psychology (3) ^
B. Core Nursing Curriculum

A grade of C+ (2.3) or better is required in each Core Nursing curriculum course.

May be completed prior to admission to the nursing program.*
May be elected online.^

Semester 1

  • NUR 202 - Health Assessment (3)
  • NUR 240 - Adult Nursing Care I (10)
  • NUR 316 - Research in Nursing (3) *^ (or NUR 308).

Semester 2

  • NUR 340 - Adult Nursing Care II (10)
  • NUR 346 - Mental Health Nursing (5)

Semester 3

  • NUR 331 - Maternity Nursing for Second Degree (4)
  • NUR 336 - Parent-Child Nursing for Second Degree (4)
  • NUR 410 - Theoretical Concepts of Population-Centered Nursing (6)

Semester 4

  • NUR 362 - Professional Nursing for Entry Into Practice (1)
  • NUR 369 - Transcultural Health Care (3) *^
  • NUR 430 - Leadership and Management in Nursing (5)
  • NUR 435 - Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge and Practice (5)

Note regarding Spring/Summer courses: Depending on clinical agency requirements, course limits, and other administrative factors, Spring/Summer courses may be offered in Spring only (7 weeks), Spring only (up to 14 weeks), or Summer only (7 weeks). This may impact tuition and fees for Spring and/or Summer.

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. In the final two semesters of the curriculum, students are required to take a comprehensive nationally-normed exam. The final course grade in NUR 435 may be affected for students who do not achieve a satisfactory score (as determined by the School of Nursing) on this comprehensive exam prior to graduation.

D. Additional Requirements
  • All School of Nursing General Education requirements (required for veterans without a previous bachelor’s degree).
  • All University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements.
  • Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits

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How to Apply

Veteran students who wish to complete the Accelerated 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.

Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program is selective and competitive. Up to 40 students are admitted twice per year.

How to Apply