Bachelor of Science in Nursing

UMSN students in lectureOur Bachelor of Science in Nursing program 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 School of Nursing provides an ideal environment for success.

Nursing is an ever-evolving profession and its greatest asset are the highly trained individuals who improve patient care through their technical skill and their critical thinking. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Designed for those seeking a traditional, four year undergraduate experience, the traditional BSN program prepares graduates to enter the field of nursing through a fusion of theoretical classroom study and ample hands-on clinical experience. 

Application and transfers

See application requirements for details on eligibility and how to apply. We accept direct applicants and sophomore transfers from other schools at the University of Michigan and other colleges and universities into the undergraduate nursing program. Nursing transfer students can apply previous coursework, and begin the program by taking one required course in the summer prior to their sophomore year.

Minor option

The population health in a global context minor expands the undergraduate content area to provide opportunities for students to more fully explore global health through a variety of courses and a required field experience. 

Study abroad

Global opportunities are an important part of a UMSN education. There are a variety of options to fit almost all students' degree plan. 


The undergraduate Honors program provides special opportunities for students who wish to delve further into their undergraduate educational experience and research. It is designed to both challenge and support UMSN undergraduate students who have shown potential for excellence in research, leadership, and service. Benefits include financial support, opportunities to work with faculty on research projects, and interaction with health science leaders in a variety of professions at conferences, meetings, and more. Students in the 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 

BSN curriculum

The minimum credit hours required for graduation is 128. 

Sample plan of study 

Level I typically includes courses and requirements:

Level II typically includes courses and requirements:

  • NURS 230: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
  • NURS 245: Pathophysiology
  • NURS 254: Health Maintenance and Restoration I
  • Electives (2)
  • NURS 240: Pharmacology
  • NURS 256: Health Maintenance and Restoration II
  • NURS 257: Introduction to Research Approach in Nursing
  • Statistics 250

Level III typical includes courses and requirements:

  • NURS 352: Childbearing and Reproductive Health
  • NURS 358: Mental Health and Illness Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 354: Infant, Child and Adolescent Health and Illness
  • NURS 356: Health and Illness in Young, Middle and Older Adults

Level IV typical includes courses and requirements:

  • NURS 454: Leadership and Management
  • NURS 456: Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 457: Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Needs
  • NURS 459: Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Needs II
  • Electives (2)