BSN program - Sophomore transfer applicants

Students from other universities and colleges and from other units within the University of Michigan can apply for transfer admission to the undergraduate nursing program. Transfer students complete prerequisite coursework as a part of the application process, enabling them to enter into the sophomore year of the program.

Admission for transfer students is for summer term only. Transfer students complete three full years in the program to gain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

 

Register for a sophomore transfer session

Questions?

Please contact us by emailing UMSN-UndergradAdmissions@med.umich.edu or calling: 734-763-5985.

Application deadline

Transfer application deadline: February 1, 2018

External transfer application information 

The Common Application for transfer students is accessible online at www.commonapp.org beginning August 1.
 
On that site: 
  1. Add the University of Michigan to your list of colleges
  2. Select transfer admission as your admission type
  3. Select Summer 2018 as your term of choice
  4. Select the School of Nursing as your school of choice
 
A complete application for transfer admission must include:
  • U-M Questions

  • The Common Application personal essay

  • One academic evaluator/instructor recommendation

  • Resume - Your one-page resume should include both academic and professional/extracurricular experiences, highlighting any experience relevant to the healthcare field. Examples of relevant experience may include job shadowing, volunteer opportunities, informational interviews, and leadership experience

  • Official high school transcripts and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended must be sent to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1220 Student Activities Building, 515 East Jefferson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

  • Sophomore Transfer Supplemental Form showing a full plan to complete all prerequisite coursework. Please see detailed instructions regarding this requirement below.

U-M Ann Arbor student transfer application information

The cross campus transfer application is accessible through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
 
A complete cross campus transfer application must include:
  • Essays (uploaded as a part of the application)
  • Resume (uploaded as a part of the application) - Your one-page resume should include both academic and professional/extracurricular experiences, highlighting any experience relevant to the healthcare field. Examples of relevant experience may include job shadowing, volunteer opportunities, informational interviews, and leadership experience
  • Sophomore Transfer Supplemental Form showing a full plan to complete all prerequisite coursework. Please see detailed instructions regarding this requirement below.

How can I make myself a competitive applicant?

The admissions committee will perform a holistic review of your application. The School of Nursing looks for students who show solid academic strength (particularly within the natural sciences), sustained extracurricular involvement, and a genuine, demonstrated interest in the field of nursing.

Educational background

  • Demonstrated strength and competency in the sciences
  • academic strength in all prerequisite coursework
  • excellent academic performance in completed undergraduate coursework (a GPA of 3.0 is recommended, however a higher GPA will make you more competitive) 

Extracurricular activities

  • Job shadowing can help students determine their career aspirations and support a stated commitment to the field.
  • Volunteering, especially if it provides exposure to the clinical environment, can be helpful to students as they explore their reasons for pursing a nursing degree.
  • Experience in research can help prepare a student for the opportunity to participate in independent study research with faculty at the junior and/or senior level.
  • Leadership is important, but note that we are more interested in learning what skills were acquired and how the skills were developed through leadership activity rather than merely the title or position held.

Personal qualities

  • Emotional intelligence: the ability to read people and situations is critical to becoming a successful nurse. Emotional intelligence also includes the ability to determine the appropriate behavior and communication in a clinical setting. 
  • Communication skills: A nurse must be able to understand a patient's perspective, ask the right questions in the right way when speaking with patients, and exercise effective non-verbal behavior when interacting with patients and their families. 
  • Initiative: The structure of our program requires that our nursing students demonstrate initiative on a regular basis. They must have the ability to synthesize information learning in class and apply it to clinical experience while continually asking questions as a part of their immersion learning process.

Learn more and visit us

Information sessions are offered at the School of Nursing.

Sophomore transfer supplemental form 

In addition to the online application, transfer students must also submit the Sophomore Transfer Supplemental Form in order to complete their application. The form provides a space to outline your profess toward completing the prerequisite requirements. Instructions on how to complete the form are included in the first tab of the document.
 
Submit the completed form to UMSN-SophTransMaterials@med.umich.edu by the application deadline.
 
See below for information on prerequisite coursework and transfer equivalencies.

Required prerequisite coursework & transfer equivalency

To be considered for the BSN degree program as a transfer student from either another college/university or as a cross campus transfer from another unit within the University of Michigan, applicants must have completed the following college-level prerequisite coursework including:

  • English Composition (equivalent to U-M ENG 125)
  • Introductory Psychology (equivalent to U-M PSYCH 111)
  • Developmental Psychology (equivalent to U-M PSYCH 250)
  • Organic Biochemistry (equivalent to U-M BIOLCHEM 212)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (equivalent to U-M NURS 210)
  • Electives (7-8 credits)
Sophomore-level transfer students may transfer around 36 credits, including the prerequisite coursework, if offered admission.
 
While transfer students will have their first class during the summer term, all prerequisite coursework must be completed by the start of the fall term if offered admission. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete both the organic biochemistry and anatomy & physiology prerequisite courses before summer enrollment, due to the time commitment necessary to fulfill the requirements of the summer nursing course.
 
To determine if completed coursework is transferable, please see transfer equivalencies.