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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. We encourage prospective students to complete any proficiency exams in the year in which you apply. Please note that all proficiency exams must be completed prior to August 31, 2015 for Winter 2016 Second Career program consideration. Please e-mail for additional details.
**Statistics must have been completed within the past five years at a 4-year institution. It must be an approved upper level (300 or above) undergraduate or a graduate level statistics course to fulfill the prerequisite requirement.

Application Details

Deadline to Apply

Please visit UMSN's Application Deadlines page to view deadlines for our programs.

Timeline for Decisions

  • July-September – Admissions Committee review of applications. Applicants are considered for admission and reviewed for available merit-based scholarships.

  • End of October – Admissions Committee finalizes admission decisions

  • November 20 – Orientation for newly admitted students


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:
  • Personal Information

    • Biographic Information

    • Contact Information

    • Citizenship Information

    • Other Information

    • Family Information

  • Academic History

    • High School Attended, Colleges Attended, and Transcript Entry
      • Submit Transcripts to NursingCAS (All institutions attended)

      • Enter all Prerequisite coursework information

  • Supporting Information

    • References are NOT required. Instead, we encourage applicants to focus on the required application materials.

    • Experiences – Employment, Healthcare Experience, Community Enrichment

    • Release Authorization for each experience listed

  • Program Materials

    • Documents – Please upload the following three documents to your NursingCAS application:

      • Personal statement

      • Resume

      • UMSN Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form

    • Prerequisites – Please include all information on your prerequisite coursework in the Prerequisites section of NursingCAS in addition to completing the UMSN Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form in the Documents section

    • Questions

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 3.0 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.
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 Documents section of the NursingCAS application.
UMSN Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form
In addition to listing your prerequisite courses on the NursingCAS site, the University of Michigan School of Nursing also requires the submission of the UMSN Second Career Program Prerequisite Plan Form.  All applicants must fill out this supplemental form in its entirety and upload it to the Documents section of your NursingCAS application. Application review will be delayed for candidates who fail to submit a complete form. Even if you are still in the process of completing prerequisite coursework or have not yet completed your prerequisite coursework, it is important to include all of the required course information.  Please download the form from our website, fill in the form on Microsoft Word, and upload the document to NursingCAS.
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.

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 August 1 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.

 See full academic program description.

 Attend a Second Career Information Session to learn more.