Undergraduate Program

Our 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 Gaining Excellence in Nursing Education: Strength in the Sciences (GENESIS) project is designed to support students underrepresented in the field of nursing. GENESIS scholars are selected upon their acceptance to the School of Nursing, and complete a summer program prior to their first semester. GENESIS programs are held throughout the school year and are open to all students. These include such things as lectures and workshops, volunteer experiences, and community events. In addition, there is a GENESIS Student Association, led by students and open to all. For details on the GENESIS project, contact Lauren Clarkston.   


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 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 

Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is designed to produce the next generation of nurse researchers who will lead the realignment of health care to become more effective, patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. Students selected as Hillman Scholars will begin their research path while in the BSN program. After finishing BSN requirements, the Scholars can complete the PhD program in three years. By starting on the research path early, students are expected to participate in and lead research in a longer career trajectory, having an overall greater impact on patients.

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.