Providing a solid foundation for an exciting career in nursing

Traditional BSN Program


Academic excellence makes a difference in the field of nursing. That's why the foundation of the University of Michigan's Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a curriculum that balances nursing courses with humanities as well as social and biological sciences. With an Honors Program for high-achieving students, a low student-faculty ratio, and a distinguished faculty versed in both teaching and research, the U-M's School of Nursing provides a learning environment ideal for undergraduate success. Plus, as a benefit of studying at the large and consistently top-rated University of Michigan, our students have access to resources that support and extend their academic exploration including a sophisticated library system, progressive computer technology and support, and extensive study abroad opportunities.
Ultimately, through rigorous coursework paired with ample clinical practice at many locations including the University of Michigan Health System -- one of the nation's largest health science centers --, our nursing students become knowledgeable, innovative professional nurse leaders equipped with superior training and positioned to practice on the forefront of health care.
See application requirements for details on eligibility for this program.

Transfer Students

Transfer students from other schools at the University of Michigan and other colleges and universities can be accepted to the undergraduate nursing program. Nursing transfer students apply previous coursework enabling them to immediately begin the BSN curriculum. See application requirements for more details.

Undergraduate Honors Program

The Undergraduate Honors Program provides special opportunities for students who wish to delve further into their undergraduate educational experience and research.
Students in the Honors Program:
  • Work with faculty doing meaningful research

  • Participate in a student mentorship program

  • Cultivate leadership capabilities through community service and involvement in planning/development Honors activities

  • Meet and interact with leaders in the nursing profession

  • Engage with faculty in small group settings

  • Learn through special Honors seminars

For more information about the selection process and the requirements for participating students, visit the Undergraduate Honors Program section of the School of Nursing Undergraduate Scholarships page.

BSN curriculum

Sample Plan of Study 

Course Number                   Course NameCourse Credits
Level I – Fall Term
N122Nursing as a Societal and Interpersonal Profession3
 Biochemistry 2124
 First Year Writing Requirement or Elective4
 Psychology 1114
Level I – Winter Term
N152Assessment of Health and Illness4
N210Structure and Function of the Human Body6
 Psychology 2504
 First Year Writing Requirement or Elective4
Level II – Fall Term
N230Health Promotion and Risk Reduction3
N254Health Maintenance and Restoration I5
Level II – Winter Term
N256Health Maintenance and Restoration II5
N257Introduction to Research Approach in Nursing3
 Statistics 2504
Level III – Fall Term
N352Childbearing and Reproductive Health7
N358Mental Health and Illness Across the Lifespan7
Level III – Winter Term
N354Infant, Child and Adolescent Health and Illness9
N356Health and Illness in Young, Middle and Older Adults9
Level IV – Fall Term
N454Leadership and Management5
N456Community Health Nursing8
Level IV – Winter Term
N457Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Needs6
N459Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Needs II7
Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation = 128
See current and past semesters' schedule of courses.