BSN Programs in Michigan

Andrews University
8975 Old US 31, Berrien Springs MI 49104
As a Seventh Day Adventist University, nurses at Andrews University receive a nurse education built within a spiritual framework.  The undergraduate generic nursing program is designed for students just beginning their college education.

Such students enroll in a preparatory program to complete general education, arts and humanity courses before transitioning to the nursing major phase of the program. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on the preparatory and cognate courses is required for progression into the major. Generally, the program is designed to take 8 semesters of full time study.


Calvin College

3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids MI 49546

At Calvin, nursing takes a holistic perspective where nurses are trained to take care of the physical, spiritual and social wellness of the patient. The 4-year Bachelor of Science in nursing program has two admission options for the 60 students accepted annually; regular and early admission.  Early Admission Policy is open to high school graduates with an ACT composite score of 28 or a SAT score 1260. Such students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 on nursing prerequisite courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on all Calvin courses to be assured of flawless transition into the major. Regular admission students on the other hand must have a GPA of 2.8 on pre-nursing courses to be eligible to apply for the major. Regular students are admitted into the professional portion of the program during the sophomore year upon completion of at least 27 credits.

Besides the BSN curriculum, students can get involved in Students Nursing Association chapter at Calvin and the Nurses Christian Fellowship.  The college also runs the Kappa Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Students also have the opportunities of taking interim study abroad programs in over 20 global destinations like Kenya, Canada, Quebec, Ecuador, Thailand, and Hungary among others. Students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of graduation are eligible to graduate with a BSN with Honors.

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Davenport University-Grand Rapids

6191 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49512

The Pre-licensure RN BSN at Davenport-Grand Rapids is designed to train beginning nurses who are seeking initial licensure as Registered Nurses (RN). The program is offered at the W.A Lettinga which is also the main campus of the university. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 120 credits but students have a choice of taking extra courses in Case Management Specialty totaling 13 credits. Students start-off with foundations for excellence courses followed by foundation nursing courses prior to taking any nursing courses. Demand for the program is high and therefore admission is very competitive and is based on GPAs, TEAS scores, personal essay and recommendations.  Students who are already registered nurses can also check-out their online BSN completion track.

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Davenport University-Midland Campus

3555 E. Patrick Rd, Midland MI 48642

The Midland campus of Davenport offers an onsite Pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in nursing track. Entry into the program is also competitive just like the one on the main campus. The same criterion of cumulative GPA, professional recommendations, specific math and science GPAs and a personal essay is used to select students for admission.  Students meeting all minimum admission requirements are provisionally admitted into the program until all clinical checks are submitted to the College of Health Professionals. The 120-credit curriculum consists of 69 nursing major credits and 51 general education credits. Unlike many programs with a spring semester, the program is offered in fall and winter semesters. Interested students can add 13 credits from the Case Management Specialty optional courses.

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Davenport University-Warren Campus

27860 Dequindre Rd, Warren MI 48098

The nursing Pre-licensure BSN at the Warren campus is an exact replica of the BSN at the Main and Midland campuses of Davenport Univertsityu. Students are admitted to start on a full time onsite program consisting of 120 credits with an option of taking a Case Management Specialty option consisting of 13 extra credits.  Admission is very competitive and selective and is evidenced by students with high GPAs, good professional recommendations and standing-out personal essays. Like in other Davenport University campuses offering the BSN, the program is run exclusively in fall and winter semesters. Full-load nursing courses start as early as the sophomore year to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN exam and more clinical hours.

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Eastern Michigan University

900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti MI 48197

EMU offers a 4-year CCCNE accredited Bachelor of nursing science program for entry level students. The curriculum prepares students for initial licensure as registered nurses through general education and nursing major courses. Upon admission, students remain designated as pre-nursing students and spend the freshman year taking basic science and arts courses. When this is complete, students gain eligibility to complete the second application for the nursing major. However, students must have completed all 32 prerequisite credits with an average GPA of 3.0 and also taken a TEAS V test before making the second application.  Upon admission for the major, students nurses can choose to take the 21-credit gerontology minor along with the major nursing curriculum. The university also runs an honors program for the Pre-licensure BSN students who have completed at least the first semester of the major. Students writing to apply for the honors program must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on all EMU courses. Students complete at least 12 honor credits so as graduate with a BSN with honors.

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Ferris State University

200 Ferris Dr, Big Rapids MI 49307

Every fall and spring semesters, Ferris State University admits at least 32 students for the undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program. Unlike the accelerated BSN and the completion track for registered nurses which are offered off-site and online, the generic BSN is offered onsite. The university utilizes an all year-round study format where students have sessions even in summer semesters. Pre-nursing qualifying courses are reserved for the freshman year while the professional sequence of courses start at sophomore year.  To be eligible for further selection for the nursing major after the freshman year, students must have attained an average GPA of 2.7 or higher.  Transfer students with courses equivalent to those of FSU BSN track carrying a minimum grade B are also welcome to apply for the major. There is also an early admission policy for students who qualify in good standing to be in the university honors program and also to those who are recipients of a ROTC scholarship. Beside the BSN curriculum, bright students with scholarly and leadership abilities are welcome to join the university honor programs and enjoy the tremendous benefits available for honor students.


Finlandia University

601 Quincy St, Hancock MI 49930

For students seeking their first nursing degree, Finlandia University has a 4-year Bachelor of nursing science curriculum. Admission into the program is a 2-step affair that involves pre-nursing admission and nursing major entry. The freshman level welcomes high school graduates with a high school GPA of 2.5 although applicants with a GED diploma may be considered on an individual basis. 1 year of algebra and 2 years of science is required from the high school curriculum. Upon completion of a pre-nursing curriculum, usually at the end of the freshman year, students can apply to the nursing major. Eligibility to apply for the major is for students who have earned an average GPA of 2.7 or better on the pre-nursing curriculum courses. Transfer students with a GPA of 2.5 are also welcome to apply for the major but on space available basis only. Since a limited number of applicants are admitted, qualified but unselected applicants are placed on a waiting list for consideration the following year.  The university has study abroad programs for nursing students in Finland and Tanzania.


Grand Valley University

301 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503

The BSN for traditional students at Grand Valley University is offered at the university’s Grand Rapids downtown center. It is one of the 3 tracks offered at the center leading to the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. There are two admission options for the generis track: a direct admission and a freshman pre-admission option. The direct admit option offers a limited number of students admission into the BSN without the need for a second application. This admission is based on exceptional performance on leadership and academic areas.  This option is offered to students with a high School GPA of 3.6, an ACT score of 30 or better and students must declare a major within the first semester of enrollment at Grand Valley. Onwards, students must maintain a Grand Valley GPA of 3.5 to be guaranteed flawless progression and retention.

On the other hand, the students for the pre-admission status must first complete a pre-nursing curriculum prior to completing a secondary application for the nursing courses.  This curriculum must be completed with an average GPA of 2.8 for eligibility to apply again. Transfer students with the same qualifications as the pre-admission students are also welcome to apply to the major. These two classes of applicants are admitted every winter and fall semesters and must maintain an average GPA of 2.0 until completion of the program. Outside the curriculum, the university runs the Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta and the Students Nurses Association. 


Hope College

35 E 12th St, Holland MI 49422

Admission to Hope College is a separate affair from admission to the CCNE accredited nursing track. Students are first admitted to complete a pre-nursing program consisting of general education and science courses.  Once students have completed at least 12 credit hours with an average GPA of 3.0, a secondary application to the nursing major can be made.   Once an application has been filed, a TEAS test must be completed followed by a computer proctored personal essay. These, together with the GPA form the basis of selection for the major. Since admission is competitive and selective, only a limited number of students are selected from the qualified applicants pool each year. Students interested in transferring to Hope College must first gain admission to the college and complete a mandatory minimum of 12 credits before starting the secondary application process. On a further note, only 10% of all seats are reserved for transfer students every fall and spring admission cycle.  Nursing students have numerous study abroad opportunities during spring breaks in Mexico, South Africa, Chicago, Bahrain, and Singapore among other destinations. In student’s organizations, Hope has the Christian Nurses Fellowship, a Students Nurses Association and a Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.


Lake Superior State University

650 W Easterday Ave, Maris MI 49783

The NLNAC accredited pre-licensure program is one of the two programs leading to the Bachelor of Science nursing degree. All high school applicants must first complete a one year pre-nursing curriculum before applying through a supplementary application to the school of nursing. Pre-nursing courses that consist of nursing support and general education courses must carry an average GPA of 2.7 for eligibility to apply for the second step of the program. Applicants must also complete pre-entrance TEAS tests. The University has two admission cycles for nursing majors in fall and spring semesters where a maximum of 24 students are selected on each occasion.  Transfer cases are evaluated on an individual basis only.


Michigan State University

840 Service Rd, Lansing MI 48824

After admission to MSU, students take prerequisite coursework consisting of 56 credit hours. The BSN is an upper division curriculum designed for students who completed all the aforementioned credits from a pre-nursing curriculum. The track is open to both MSU students and transfer students who have completed an equivalent pre-nursing curriculum. For transfer cases, two applications; one for the university and one for the nursing major are required. For both categories of applicants, an incoming average GPA of 2.75 or better is required coupled with a grade 2.0 or higher on all science courses. Applicants with prior community work experience are more advantaged over other equally qualified students. 

A special Nurses Scholars Program is offered to graduate who are straight from high school eliminating the need of an extra application. Such students must have a high school GPA of 3.8 and an ACT composite score of 28 or better and be in the top 10% of their graduating class.  They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.39 to be assured of guaranteed transition to the upper division phase. If admitted in the program, all students take 4 semesters of full time study to complete the nursing major coursework and gain eligibility for the NCLEX-RN exam.  Only 60 students are admitted each fall and spring semesters out of the 2-3 times applications received.


Northern Michigan State University

1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette MI 49855

The generic nursing program at NMU is a 129-credit curriculum leading to the award of a Bachelor degree in nursing.  Entry into the program requires two different application procedures; one for the university and the other one for the school of nursing. After admission into the university, students complete a sequence of prerequisite courses prior to gain eligibility to apply for the nursing major. At least 12 credit hours or more with an average GPA of 2.75 are required before students become eligible to apply for the major.


Oakland University

2200 N. Squirrel Rd, Rochester MI 48309

The traditional Bachelor of Science in nursing program is designed for high school graduates and transfer students seeking initial licensure as registered nurses. Applying to the program is separate from applying to the university. Applicants must have completed high school 1 year of biology and chemistry and 4 years math with a GPA of 2.8 or higher and an average high school GPA of 3.2 in addition to an ACT score of 20 or the SAT equivalent. Admission to the major depends on individual grades and average GPA of different course categories from the prerequisite coursework. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the nursing major since there are limited spaces and the applicant pool is large. On average from previous admission cycles, students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 are usually admitted. The university accepts new BSN major students twice annually in fall and winter.


Rochester College

800 W. Avon Rd, Rochester Hills 48307

Located in the suburban area of Clinton, Rochester College offers a serene learning environment to take the traditional nursing program and prepare for the NLCEX-RN exam. Designed for first time college students, the program has two phases that build upon each other. Freshman must first be accepted in the university to start pre-requisites coursework before proceeding to take the traditional nursing curriculum. The pre-nursing curriculum has two completion options that dictate the total completion time of the program. There is a 4-year plan whereby students take the prerequisite coursework in one year and a summer session and a 5-year plan where the same is taken in two academic years are available. Upon completion, students can apply to the nursing major that takes exactly 3 years to complete on either plan. Almost all practical nursing courses in this period are taken at the Crittenton Hospital. Students interested in taking a minor along the major can do so by taking an additional 18 credits from the minor program.


Saginaw Valley State University

7400 Bay Rd, University Center MI 48710

SVSU offers a 2-tier bachelor of nursing program for transfer, first time college students and change of major students at SVSU. All students interested in the nursing major compete on the same level in terms of admission requirements. The program takes 64 students each fall and winter semester out of the close to3times the applications received on each admission cycle. Upon admission, freshman students take general education and SVSU basic skill courses before applying to the major. These courses are designed to be completed in 1.5 years of full time study.

 If students earn a GPA of 2.5 or better, they can then apply to the nursing program which also involves an interview session. For the nursing courses, students have the option of completing the courses in a full time cohort model. The cohort completes the nursing major in 5 semesters of 2.5 academic years. On the other hand, students can choose to follow an individualized model of study on a part time basis. Students interested in the major must note that admission is competitive and generally, an average GPA of 3.4 has been observed in the previous groups of admitted students. SVSU has numerous need based and achievement-based nursing-specific scholarships student nurses.


University of Detroit Mercy

4001 W. McNicholas Rd, Detroit MI 48221

UDM offers the traditional pre-licensure nursing program in a curriculum that strongly upholds its catholic Jesuits and Mercy traditions. The BSN is only offered on a full time basis and is open for both first time college students and transfer students. The university also offers the BSN at Grand Rapids in cooperation with St. Mary’s Health care & Aquinas College and students in this cooperative program are awarded a degree by UDM. A unique feature of the BSN is that all students are entitled to two sessions of cooperative education in health agencies. These are paid experiential learning opportunities besides regular clinical lessons that provide students with hands-on skills before they get out of college.


University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

515 East Jefferson St, Ann Arbor MI 48109

The BSN track at UM-Ann Arbor is open to both high school graduates/seniors and transfer students who have completed the required prerequisites courses.  High school students interested in the program are advised to apply in the fall semester of their senior year for a chance of early admission. Applicants must also be ready to submit 4 essays; 2 for the general university admission and 2 for the nursing major supplemental application in addition to 2 recommendation letters. All students are required to pay an application fee of $65 for US citizens and $75 for international students. Besides the 128 credit BSN curriculum, highly performing may be inducted into the honors program where they can further delve into scholastic interests and receive benefits like scholarships. The university also has global outreach opportunities for nursing students in various destinations in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia/Pacific.


University of Michigan-Flint

303 E. Kearsley St, Flint MI 48502

Um-Flint accepts new cohorts for the pre-licensure bachelor of nursing track twice annually for classes starting winter and fall semesters. Upon admission for the major, students take 6 full time semesters to complete the track. Initially, freshman students fresh from high school apply to the university and take a general university curriculum prior to applying for the nursing program. Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 to be eligible to apply for nursing courses in the next 6 semesters.  However, it should be noted that completion of the general curriculum is not a guarantee of entry for the major, admission is very competitive and selective. 

Student with confirmed admission for nursing and seeking financial aid can apply for the 8 nursing specific scholarships available for UM-flint Students.  In addition to the BSN curriculum, Um-Flint has partnered with Madonna University to offer the Cultural Competence project. This project uses the approach of train-the-trainer in developing cultural competences with the focus of promoting health and eliminating health disparities across the lifespan. Academically endowed students can apply to join the Pi Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society for nursing.


Wayne State University

5557, Cass Ave, Detroit MI 48202

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science in nursing at Wayne State, students must have a satisfactorily cumulative GPA and science GPA in addition to a low record of course repeat and withdrawals. Although the nursing program welcomes transfer students, preference is given to students who took their prerequisites courses at WSU. The program starts with a pre-nursing coursework of 30 credits which students must complete with an average GPA of 2.5 or better. Since admission is competitive, completion of these credits does not guarantee admission to the nursing major which occurs every fall. The college of nursing at WSU as has an Honor Options for nursing students with high scholastic abilities in addition to the general university Honor Program.  Such students interested in the honor program can complete 9 extra honor credits from the University Honors program and at least 15 extra credits outside the nursing curriculum for the Nursing Honors Option. While seeking professional growth, student nurses can also join the WSU Sigma Theta Tau , the Student Nurses  Association and the Chi Eta Phi Sorority active chapters.


Western Michigan University

1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49008

The undergraduate nursing baccalaureate at WMU is designed to prepare traditional and non-traditional/transfer students for the NLCEX-Registered Nurses exam. Application to the university is separate from application to the nursing program. High school graduates are admitted for the pre-nursing curriculum which kicks off in the fall semester but can be taken at a student’s own pace. This curriculum must be completed with an average GPA of 3.0 for eligibility to apply to the next step of clinical nursing courses. The same criterion of GPA is applicable to transfer students on all transferable courses. 

Besides this regular admission, the university has a direct admission policy for high school graduates with ACT scores of 27 or better and a high school GPA 3.6 or higher.  Such students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 to ensure retention in the program and exemption from the supplemental and competitive admission. Every fall and spring semester, the university admits 45 students from all the above categories combined. Generally, the entire curriculum including the pre-nursing phase can be completed within 4 years on a full time basis.  Students with high scholastic ability can participate in the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.