Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs by Program
Traditional BSN Program - Freshmen
Can I receive college credit for dual enrollment or AP exams?
Yes, some credits in the Traditional BSN curriculum may be fulfilled by transfer credit earned during dual enrollment, enrollment in an early or middle college program, or through Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate testing. Please review the Transfer Credit Policy for Freshmen for specific details.
The School of Nursing offers merit-based scholarships. There is no additional application process to be considered for these scholarships as you will be automatically entered into consideration with your application for admission to the School of Nursing. Students will be notified if they are chosen for a School of Nursing scholarship. For full consideration of need-based scholarships, students must complete the FAFSA. However, completion of the FAFSA is not required to be considered for School of Nursing merit-based scholarships. See the Financial Aid page for more details.
The BSN program is a lock-step, four-year program. In other words, students must complete one level before proceeding to the next. Due to the required clinical sequencing of the program, it cannot be accelerated.
Your first clinical (Health Assessment I) will be during the Winter term of your freshman year.
Typically, students are able to walk or take public transportation to clinicals during their freshman and sophomore years. However, students will need to have access to a car during their junior and senior years, as clinicals may be in a variety of locations.
Traditional BSN Program - Sophomore Transfers
Does U-M have an application waitlist?
We do not have a waitlist for those wishing to apply, meaning that all completed applications are reviewed during every application cycle. However, each year the School of Nursing receives many more applications than we have space to enroll. Students with strong credentials who are not offered admission may be offered a enrollment waitlist option. With this option, if space becomes available in our incoming class, we will make additional admission offers to those who have accepted the enrollment waitlist offer.
I have questions about my transcripts and the prerequisite coursework. Would I be able to speak with someone to review my transcripts?
Due to the large number of applicants interested in our programs, we are unable to schedule individual appointments with prospective students. We strongly recommend you sign up to attend an information session where an admissions representative will be available to answer your questions.
Further, courses/transcripts are reviewed as part of the application process. You must apply and pay your application fee for your transcripts to be reviewed. Please review the Transfer Equivalencies page for more information on verifying which of your previous coursework can transfer for credit.
I've taken coursework at another institution. How many credits can I transfer into the University of Michigan School of Nursing?
U-M School of Nursing accepts a maximum of 30 transfer credits, including the required prerequisite coursework, from another institution. Please review the prerequisite coursework for sophomore transfer students.
Can I use the AP or CLEP exam to fulfill the English Composition or Statistics prerequisites?
English Composition and Statistics must be fulfilled by a college-level course. Therefore, these prerequisites may not be satisfied via AP or CLEP credit. Please review the Transfer Equivalencies page for information on transferable coursework.
If I have taken coursework at another college or university, would I be able to apply as a freshman?
If you have taken coursework at another college or university, you will apply as a transfer applicant and submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. You will only apply as a freshman if you are in or have graduated from high school, but have not yet attended any college.
Advanced Clinical Pathway and Systems, Populations & Leadership Pathway - MSN and post-baccalaureate DNP
The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not offer a completely online curriculum. On-campus requirements will vary. Most programs have some web-blended courses. The Systems, Populations & Leadership MSN program is taught in a completely web-blended format.
If you are applying to any of our masters programs, the GRE is only required if your cumulative undergraduate BSN GPA was below a 3.25. If your undergraduate final cumulative BSN GPA was 3.25 or above, the GRE requirement does not apply to you. The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires a minimum cumulative BSN GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs. Please refer to Entrance Exams for more information.
An approved upper level (300 or above) undergraduate or a graduate level statistics course is a requirement for the masters core courses at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. If you apply and are offered admission, the statistics requirement may be completed prior to or during your first term of enrollment as part of your regular program plan. Please refer to the list of courses that are approved to fulfill the statistics prerequisite for the masters core courses.
The statistics course must meet each of the six requirements listed below:
1. Your course must be completed at a University. Courses completed at a community college will not be considered. Completely online statistics courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2. The statistics course must be an upper division undergraduate level. A 300 level or above course would meet this requirement, while a 100 or 200 level course would not.
3. You are required to have completed the course within 5 years of the term in which you are applying for admission consideration.
4. You must earn a satisfactory grade of a B- or above (grades of C+ or below and Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted or considered).
5. The statistics course should be a general, social science, health care related or comparable course (courses that focus in business analytics, economics or finance do not meet the requirement).
6. The curriculum for the course must cover common terminology and use of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques including each of the following areas:
- frequency distributions
- measures of central tendency and dispersion
- probability distributions
- hypothesis testing
- the t-test
- chi square
- Introduction to probability theory
- F distribution
Time to degree completion will vary based on the program of enrollment and the student. Please refer to the specific academic program for information regarding the curriculum and program plan options. UMSN requires students to complete a graduate program within 5 years of the first term of enrollment.
We require a Bachelor Science in Nursing from an accredited institution as part of our admission requirements to graduate programs.
Research Pathway: PhD
The University of Michigan School of Nursing's PhD curriculum is campus based. Students in the School of Nursing PhD program attend campus lecture/class one to three days per week.
Yes, the PhD program is offered as a post-baccalaureate or a post-masters curriculum. If offered admission, you must successfully complete all BSN coursework and be licensed as a registered nurse by at least one political (state, province, country) jurisdiction before the start of the term of admission.
Official GRE scores are required and are part of the admission review process to the PhD program. It is important to plan ahead to ensure official GRE scores are received by the University of Michigan prior to the application deadline date. Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores at or above the 50th percentile are highly recommended. Applicants to the PhD program are encouraged to try and obtain competitive GRE scores prior to applying. This may require taking the GRE more than once. Please read through the ETS website for additional information on GRE scoring and testing.
All PhD students must complete a level one and a level two statistics course prior to enrolling in the second year research sequence of the PhD program. Recommended courses will be provided to admitted students. If the last statistics course you completed was offered at a community college and/or completed over 5 years ago, we strongly recommend enrolling in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) summer program prior to the level one and level two coursework so that you will be prepared for the rigor of this curriculum.
The PhD program focuses on the research and scientific methods of nursing. Individuals seeking a clinical based doctorate may want to consider the DNP program.
The PhD program is a 3 year full-time curriculum for post-masters students and post-baccalaureate students.
Post-Masters DNP Program
No. DNP curricula build on traditional masters programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas. Many DNP programs offered throughout the United States are a post-masters curriculum. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates. Please see the AACN DNP Fact Sheet for more details.
The DNP was designed for graduates of a nursing masters (MS in Nursing, MSN or MN). Applicants with a BSN and a masters degree in a non-health care related field are encouraged to apply for the post-baccalaureate DNP program.
The post-masters DNP curriculum has been designed to accommodate the working student. Courses are offered with a blend of online (web, video conferencing) and on-campus time; students are required to attend a campus lecture each month. The dates for the on-campus lectures are set a year in advance and can be found on the Post-Masters DNP program page.
Translational and information science for evidence based practice. The program will not offer the skill set to become an independent researcher. The program was mapped around the competencies set forth by CCNE.
How many credits will the post-masters program entail?
Thirty-seven to 40. Applicants that completed less than 500 precepted clinical hours within their nursing masters degree will need to supplement clinical hours to meet the required 1000 clinical hours for DNP certification.
Are there funding options for the DNP?
Yes; federal aid, private scholarships, fellowships (for full-time students), GRSA opportunities and the Nurse Faculty Loan (loan forgiveness of 85% if the student takes a faculty position for at least 4 years of graduation) are available to all qualified students. If offered admission, additional information will be available. All applicants that are offered admission are considered for School of Nursing supplemental funding. Funding support from the School of Nursing and/or fellowships or GSRA opportunities are not guaranteed; we encourage all students to seek funding.
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