Saginaw Valley State University Nursing School Review

The history of Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) dates back in 1963, established to seal the need of a four-year institution of higher learning. The college has intriguing history starting off as a simple college under the roof of another college in Tri-City. It could only afford to be located at a basement in the then Delta College. Community fundraising helped the then Saginaw Valley College acquire land of what is today the big, well established Saginaw Valley State University.

Nursing at Saginaw Valley State University

The department of nursing at the university offers undergraduate and graduate level nursing programs. All programs have been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. The programs are both direct entry and nursing education advancement programs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This nursing program at Saginaw Valley State University takes in fresh nursing students. It prepares students to sit and pass the NCLEX-RN for licensure as registered nurses. Usually, students take 4 to 4.5 years to complete the program. Students study in cohorts and each cohort must strive to complete the general education and non-nursing courses in a period of 1 to 1.5 years. Students only take nursing courses starting from the second year of study.  The cohort students are exclusively full time students while students can choose a part time program where they work on their own.


This is a transfer program where the university accepts registered nurses holding associate degrees or diplomas for their RN licenses. The program is quite flexible as it is offered in a hybrid of online and site based instruction. Transfer students from colleges having articulation agreements with Saginaw Valley State University receive up to 31 credits in recognition of their associate degrees.

The program is also available in full time and part time study modes with classroom instruction being awarded only one day per week. Students must be aware that they are responsible for their commuting expenses to and from designated clinical sites.


This program invites students who wish to have advanced practice nurse status without having to take the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. The RNs undergo two steps of the RN to MSN program:

In the first step, students receive up to 31 transfer credits for their associate degree and take a further 101 undergraduate credits. Completion of this step enables the students to be eligible for admission into the step-2 of the RN to MSN. In the second step, students take only 10 credits. Just like the other programs, the format of study is hybrid of online and site based instruction.

Master of Science in Nursing

At Saginaw Valley State University, BSN prepared graduates are welcome to enroll in any one of the five advanced practice nursing roles. The programs come in two concentrations; nurse practitioner where students can take the Family Nurse Practitioner track and on clinical nurse specialist concentration, students can choose from Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Nurse Leader or the Dual Administrator/Educator tracks.

There are also two post-masters certificates for those wish to expand their nursing experience in Family nurse practitioner and in all the clinical nurse specialist areas mentioned above.

Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road, University Center,
MI 48710