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Fulfill your dream of becoming a nurse

Accelerated Second Career Nursing Program

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Second Career Program, applicants must have:
  • Bachelor's or a graduate/advanced degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA minimum (highly recommended)
Applicants must also complete the following prerequisites prior to application or complete them by the start of the program if offered admission:
  • Prerequisites in general requirements and social sciences:
    • English Composition
    • Family Concepts*
    • Normal Nutrition*
    • Developmental Psychology*
    • Statistics**
    • 2 social sciences (Courses must be taken in the following fields: anthropology, psychology, sociology)
    • Electives
  • Prerequisites in clinical sciences:  (All clinical science courses must have been completed within the past 7 years to qualify for program credit)
    • Anatomy & Physiology*
    • Organic-Biochemistry
    • Pharmacology*
    • Pathophysiology* (6 credits) (Without 6 credits of pathophysiology, students must have credits in microbiology and/or genetics in addition to pathophysiology for a cumulative total of at least 6 credit hours)
For information on transferable coursework, please review Transfer Equivalencies.
 
* These courses may be satisfied through passing a proficiency exam.  Please note that all proficiency exams MUST be completed prior to May 31, 2014 for fall 2014 Second Career program consideration.  Please e-mail sn-secondcareeradmissions@umich.edu for any questions you may have.
 
**Statistics must have been completed within the past five years at a 4-year institution. You may also satisfy the Statistics prerequisite through the DSST Exam. A MINIMUM score of 80 is required to earn credit for this prerequisite. Review the following website for information on the Principles of Statistics exam and the location of testing sites: getcollegecredit.com

 

Application Details

Deadline to Apply

Selected Term on Application:
Fall 2014 (term starting in September 2014)
Application Period Opens: September 23, 2013
Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
 
Please Note:  After the fall 2014 start date, the next Second Career Program cohort will start fall 2016.

Application

The University of Michigan School of Nursing has partnered with NursingCAS which is a centralized application system for nursing programs.

To be considered for admission, all prospective applicants must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application (submitted applications that do not have all listed required sections below completed will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the admissions committee):
 
Sections on the NursingCAS application that are required by NursingCAS and the University of Michigan School of Nursing to be considered for admission:
  • Biographic Information
  • Personal Data
  • Parent and Family Information
  • Background Information
  • Secondary (High) School, Colleges Attended & College Degrees
  • Coursework
  • Professional Experience
  • Document Upload (this is where you will upload your resume and the three required supplemental forms; please see the University of Michigan School of Nursing Additional Required Supporting Material section below for details)
  • Personal Statement (please read the Personal Statement requirement in the NursingCAS Application Required Supporting Material section below)
  • Privacy Statement
  • Designations (please see the Designations and Program Options information below).

It is important to read through this page and the NursingCAS provided instructions thoroughly prior to starting the application.

Applications submitted that do not have all of the above sections completed will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission consideration.

NursingCAS Designations Page and Program Options

In the Designation section of the NursingCAS application, you will select the Accelerated Second Career BSN Program
 
To find the University of Michigan School of Nursing on the designations page you will want to enter the following search criteria:
 
School/Program/Track Name:  University of Michigan
Programs Filter: Undergraduate

NursingCAS Application Required Supporting Material

Personal Statement
The University of Michigan requires that each applicant submit a personal statement through the NursingCAS application. 
 
Provide a comprehensive answer, not to exceed 700 total words, to the following question:
Explain how your past experiences have led you to determine that the University of Michigan School of Nursing's Second Career Program is the right fit for you.  Also, what are your personal, professional and educational goals related to nursing?

Please note: The statement should not be a reiteration of your resume.  The focus should be on why you are pursuing a career in nursing.

Official Transcripts
NursingCAS and the University of Michigan School of Nursing require official transcripts from all colleges previously attended for bachelor's and any post-bachelor's degrees.
  • Follow the NursingCAS detailed instructions to request transcripts and have them sent directly to: NursingCAS.
  • If you have any questions regarding the process of submitting transcripts please contact NursingCAS directly: Contact Page.
  • If you are a previous University of Michigan student you will still need to follow the NursingCAS transcript request process. Current or previous University of Michigan students may request transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS through the Office of the Registrar.
  • Transcripts sent directly to the University of Michigan School of Nursing will not be accepted; all transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS per the instructions on their website.

University of Michigan
School of Nursing
Additional Required Supporting Material

Resume
The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires the submission of a one-page (maximum two pages) resume with your NursingCAS application.  Your resume should be uploaded as a MS Word document attachment in the Document Upload section of the NursingCAS application.
 
Nursing Supplemental Forms
Applicants MUST thoroughly complete the three supplemental forms below (available by clicking on the links) and upload them to the Document Upload section of the NursingCAS application:
  1. NursingCAS Supplemental Application Questions*
  2. Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form
  3. NursingCAS Application Checklist*
 
* Document Upload Instructions
Please follow the NursingCAS Document Upload Instructions for information on how to upload these forms accurately using one of the below two forms completion processes: 
  • Key in data on the fillable PDF form.  Once complete, print the form, then scan it and save it to your computer.  You will now be able to upload the completed form to NursingCAS.
- or -
  • Key in data on the fillable PDF form.  Click Edit, and then click Take A Snapshot. Click on Edit again and the Select All option. You can now Copy and Paste this information into a Word document. Save the document file to your computer and upload it to NursingCAS.

Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form - Important Notes

  • Please remember to include your first and last name on the form.  If you do not have a UMID yet, please leave this section blank.
  • Even if you are still in the process of completing prerequisite coursework or have not yet completed your prerequisite coursework, please be sure to include all of the required course information on the Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form.
  • Coursework that is not listed on our Course Equivalents & Self-Review Guide or the U-M Transfer Credit Equivalencies website has not been evaluated by the University of Michigan.
  • In order to complete an evaluation of your courses, we may request additional information at a later date. Please do not send any additional information at this time. However, in order to be prepared for a possible request, please gather a complete syllabus plus a detailed course description of all courses not listed on our Course Equivalents & Self-Review Guide or the U-M Transfer Credit Equivalencies website.  Again, you should not send this information unless it is requested via e-mail.
  • Application review may be delayed for candidates who fail to submit a completed Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form. As such, you should not leave spaces blank.

International Applicant Additional Requirements

NursingCAS Transcript Evaluation Requirements for International Applicants
All international applicants must submit a foreign evaluation of transcripts directly to NursingCAS (do not send foreign transcripts directly to NursingCAS without the official evaluation attached).  For additional information and a list of approved evaluation agencies, please refer to the NursingCAS FAQs section titled Foreign Transcripts/Coursework.
 
University of Michigan School of Nursing Requirements
International students must submit official English proficiency exam scores to the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions (school code: 1839) from the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB no later than the February application deadline to be considered for admission. For details, see the Entrance Exams webpage. 
 
For information on financial aid, please see International Students on the Office of Financial Aid website.

Application Fee

Refer to the NursingCAS application portal: Application Fee.

The University of Michigan School of Nursing will not be able to review your application and supporting materials until you have selected the desired program/term of application (designation), completed the application (all required sections per above itemization) and paid the required NursingCAS application fee.

Admission Decisions

The University of Michigan School of Nursing offers rolling admissions; all applications completed by the application deadline will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

 

See full academic program description.

Attend a Second Career Information Session to learn more.