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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Whether you're a high school student applying to your first collegiate program, or a prospective doctoral student accustomed to the procedure, questions arise during the admissions process. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, see the FAQs listed by program below. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us using the information provided at the bottom of this page.

 

Student Population Profiles

See the statistics on our student populations in each program at the U-M School of Nursing by visiting the School of Nursing Fast Facts page.

 

FAQs by Program

Traditional BSN Program - Freshmen

  • I am taking AP courses in high school. Can I receive college credit for the AP exams?
    You will receive credit for U-M Psyc 111 if you meet the minimum score required for the AP Psychology exam. For all other AP exams, you will receive elective credit. The U-M School of Nursing grants credit hours according to the College of Literature, Science & the Arts guidelines.
 
  • Does the School of Nursing offer scholarships?
    The School of Nursing offers merit-based scholarships. There is no additional application process to be considered for these scholarships as you will be automatically entered into consideration with your application for admission to the School of Nursing. Students will be notified if they are chosen for a School of Nursing scholarship. For full consideration of need-based scholarships, students must complete the FAFSA. However, completion of the FAFSA is not required to be considered for School of Nursing merit-based scholarships. See the Financial Aid page for more details.
 
  • Can the four-year traditional Bachelor of Science (BSN) program be accelerated?
    The BSN program is a lock-step, four-year program. In other words, students must complete one level before proceeding to the next. Due to the required clinical sequencing of the program, it cannot be accelerated.
 
  • When will I have my first clinical?
    Your first clinical (Health Assessment I) will be during the Winter term of your freshman year.
 
  • Will I need my own transportation to get to my clinicals?
    Typically, students are able to walk or take public transportation to clinicals during their freshman and sophomore years. However, students will need to have access to a car during their junior and senior years, as clinicals may be in a variety of locations.
 
  • Where do nursing students live?
    Nursing students live in a variety of University Housing locations on campus, including residence halls. Off-campus housing (non-university) options include apartments, rental houses, fraternities, sororities, and co-ops.

Traditional BSN Program - Sophomore Transfers

  • Does U-M have an application waitlist?
    We do not have a waitlist for those wishing to apply, meaning that all completed applications are reviewed during every application cycle. However, each year the School of Nursing receives many more applications than we have space to enroll. Students with strong credentials who are not offered admission may be offered a enrollment waitlist option. With this option, if space becomes available in our incoming class, we will make additional admission offers to those who have accepted the enrollment waitlist offer.
 
  • I have questions about my transcripts and the prerequisite coursework. Would I be able to speak with someone to review my transcripts?
    Due to the large number of applicants interested in our programs, we are unable to schedule individual appointments with prospective students. We strongly recommend you sign up to attend an information session where an admissions representative will be available to answer your questions.

Further, courses/transcripts are reviewed as part of the application process. You must apply and pay your application fee for your transcripts to be reviewed. Please review the Transfer Equivalencies page for more information on verifying which of your previous coursework can transfer for credit.
 
  • I've taken coursework at another institution. How many credits can I transfer into the University of Michigan School of Nursing?
    U-M School of Nursing accepts a maximum of 30 transfer credits, including the required prerequisite coursework, from another institution. Please review the prerequisite coursework for sophomore transfer students.
 
  • Can I use the AP or CLEP exam to fulfill the English Composition or Statistics prerequisites?
    English Composition and Statistics must be fulfilled by a college-level course. Therefore, these prerequisites may not be satisfied via AP or CLEP credit. Please review the Transfer Equivalencies page for information on transferable coursework.
 
  • If I have taken coursework at another college or university, would I be able to apply as a freshman?
    If you have taken coursework at another college or university, you will apply as a transfer applicant and submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. You will only apply as a freshman if you are in or have graduated from high school, but have not yet attended any college.

Second Career BSN

  • Does the U-M School of Nursing have a waitlist?
    We do not have a waitlist for those wishing to apply, meaning that all completed applications are reviewed during every application cycle. However, each year the School of Nursing receives many more applications than we have space to enroll. Students with strong credentials who are not offered admission may be offered a enrollment waitlist option. With this option, if space becomes available in our incoming class, we will make additional admission offers to those who have accepted the enrollment waitlist offer.
 
  • How can I make an appointment to speak with someone regarding my transcripts and prerequisite coursework?
    Due to the large number of applicants interested in our programs, we are unable to schedule individual appointments with prospective students. We strongly recommend you sign up to attend an information session where an admissions representative will be available to answer your questions.

Further, courses/transcripts are reviewed as part of the application process. You must apply and pay your application fee for your transcripts to be reviewed. Please review the Transfer Equivalencies page for more information on verifying which of your previous coursework can transfer for credit.
 
  • How many elective credits do I need?
    Second Career students need a minimum of 57 credits, including the required prerequisite coursework, for admission. Therefore, the number of elective credits will vary for each applicant depending on the amount of prerequisite credits completed.
 
  • Can I use the AP or CLEP exam to fulfill the English Composition or Statistics prerequisites?
    English Composition and Statistics must be fulfilled by a college-level course. Therefore, these prerequisites may not be satisfied via AP or CLEP credit. Please review the Transfer Equivalencies page for information on transferable coursework.
 
  • During my undergraduate career, I took a placement exam at another institution. Would I be able to use my passing score on that placement exam to fulfill a prerequisite?
    No, we do not accept placement exams taken at other institutions to fulfill prerequisites. You must either take an approved transferable course or a receive U-M School of Nursing Credit by Exam credit to fulfill the prerequisites.
 
  • I would like to take my prerequisite coursework at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. How do I do this?
    If you are interested in taking prerequisite coursework at U-M Ann Arbor, you need to apply as a Non-Degree Candidate.

Master’s Program

  • What is the value of the master’s as opposed to entering a BSN-DNP program?
    The master’s programs offered by the U-M School of Nursing (UMSN) prepare graduates for the essentials of the respective board certification (NP and CNS programs) in the specialty area of focus and a seamless transition into a post-master’s DNP. As stated on the AACN website (AACN FAQ's), master’s education will continue to be offered. The DNP curriculum was designed to build on traditional master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership. The DNP is for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs.
 
  • Are the master’s programs offered online?
    The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not offer a completely on-line curriculum. The core courses that are required within each of our master’s programs are offered as web-blended (students attend on-campus lecture two consecutive days per month and the remaining course time is on-line); specialty courses and cognates are commonly offered in an on-campus setting with class meeting one day per week (some courses and full-time enrollment may require on-campus class time two days per week). That said, please note that the former Nursing Business & Health Systems Master’s is now called Health Systems, Nursing Leadership, and Effectiveness Science, effective for Fall 2014; the program is offered in a web-blended format with required on-campus class time two consecutive days per month and the remaining class time on-line.
 
  • I've taken graduate coursework at another University. How many credits can I transfer?
    Admitted students may be able to transfer in up to 6 credits from another accredited graduate nursing program. Please review the Rackham Graduate School transfer policy for additional information.  Admitted students that are seeking to transfer in courses from another graduate institution must successfully complete a minimum of 8 graduate level, letter-graded credits within the program of admission before the School of Nursing will review a petition for transfer of credit approval.
 
  • Is the GRE required for admission to the U-M School of Nursing?
    If you are applying to any of our master’s programs, the GRE is only required if your cumulative undergraduate BSN GPA was below a 3.25. If your undergraduate final cumulative BSN GPA was 3.25 or above, the GRE requirement does not apply to you. All courses completed to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor Science in Nursing will be used to calculate the applicants final cumulative BSN GPA.  If you are an applicant that has obtained the BSN through an RN completion program, also known as Assoc. Nurse to BSN or BSN bridge program, grades received in all courses taken to fulfill the Associate degree in Nursing and the BSN completion program will be used to determine a final cumulative BSN GPA.  If you are a Second Career in Nursing student (also known as an accelerated BSN student), grades received in all courses taken to fulfill the BSN program prerequisite requirements and the courses completed in the BSN curriculum will be used to determine a final cumulative BSN GPA.  The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires a minimum cumulative BSN GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs.
 
  • Are there prerequisites I need to complete prior to enrolling in a master’s program?
    An approved upper level (300 or above) undergraduate or a graduate level statistics course is a prerequisite requirement for a required core course within the master's curriculum. If you apply and are offered admission, the statistics prerequisite may be completed prior to or during your first term of enrollment as part of your regular program plan.

The statistics course must meet each of the five requirements listed below: 

1. Your course must be completed at a University. Courses completed at a community college will not be considered. Completely online statistics courses may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2. The statistics course must be an upper division undergraduate level. A 300 level or above course would meet this requirement, while a 100 or 200 level course would not as they are considered lower division.

3. You are required to complete the course within 5 years of the term in which you are applying for admission consideration.

4. You must earn a satisfactory grade of a B- or above (grades of C+ or below and Pass/Fail courses will not be accepted or considered).

5. The statistics course should be a general, social science, health care related or comparable course (courses that focus in business analytics, economics or finance do not meet the requirement).

Please refer to the Statistics Prerequisite Document to read detailed information regarding the statistics prerequisite requirement. If you have any questions please email sn-mastersadmissions@umich.edu.
 
  • How many clinical hours are required within the master's program and will they all be at the U-M Hospital?
    A minimum of 500 clinical hours are required to be eligible for the NP and the CNS certification examinations and the number of clinical hours required within the master's program at UMSN will vary.  The UMSN is committed to providing a comprehensive curriculum with a broad range of clinical opportunities and experiences for students. There are over 200 clinical sites; if offered admission, you will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who will work with you and the UMSN Clinical Placement Coordinator to find the best fit for your clinical practice based on your area of interest. As a result of various clinical course locations, students may be required to travel within 100 miles of Ann Arbor.  If you would like to work at particular site and the School of Nursing does not have an established partnership with this site, you can work with your Faculty Advisor and the UMSN Clinical Placement Coordinator to submit a request for partnership.
 
  • How long will it take to complete a master's program at the U-M School of Nursing?
    Time to degree completion will vary based on the program of enrollment and the student. Please refer to the specific academic program web page for information regarding the curriculum and program plan options. Rackham Graduate School requires students to complete a graduate program within 5 years of the first term of enrollment.
 
  • I earned a Bachelor degree in a field other than nursing. Can I apply and be considered for admission to a master's or doctoral program at the School of Nursing?
    We require a Bachelor Science in Nursing from an accredited institution as part of our admission requirements to graduate programs. If you are interested in a career in nursing, please review information on our Accelerated Second Career in Nursing program

PhD Program

  • Is the PhD program offered online?
    The University of Michigan School of Nursing's PhD curriculum is campus based. Students in the School of Nursing PhD program attend campus lecture/class one to three days per week (this will vary based on full-time or part-time enrollment). The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not offer a completely online curriculum in any of their existing degree programs.
 
  • Can I apply to the PhD program prior to completing my BSN and without work experience?
    Yes, the PhD program is offered as a post-baccalaureate or a  post-master’s curriculum. If offered admission, you must successfully complete all BSN coursework and be licensed as a Registered Nurse, by at least one political (state, provence, country) jurisdiction, before the start of the term of admission.
 
  • Is the GRE required for admission to the PhD program?
    Official GRE scores are required and are part of the admission review process to the PhD program. Competitive applicants to the PhD program will have GRE verbal, quantitative and analytical scores within the top 50th percentile; the minimum GRE score requirements for admission consideration are verbal – 150, quantitative –151, analytical – 3.73. Please read through the ETS website for additional information on GRE scoring and testing.
 
NOTE: International applicants are also required to submit official English proficiency exam results (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB). International applicants that completed their undergraduate nursing and graduate nursing (if applicable) degrees at an institution in which the primary language of instruction was English do not need to submit English proficiency exam results, however an official letter from the degree granting institution must be submitted with the official transcripts.
 
  • Is a statistics course required to enter the PhD program?
    All PhD students must complete a level one and a level two statistics course prior to enrolling in the second year research sequence of the PhD program. Recommended courses will be provided to admitted students. If the last statistics course you completed was offered at a community college and/or completed over 5 years ago, we strongly recommend enrolling in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) summer program prior to the level one and level two coursework so that you will be prepared for the rigor of this curriculum.
     
  • Does the PhD program include clinical practicum requirements?
    The PhD program focuses on the research and scientific methods of nursing. Individuals seeking a clinical based doctorate may want to consider the DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program.
 
  • How long is the PhD program?
    The PhD program is a 3 year curriculum for post-master’s students and potentially 4 year curriculum for post-baccalaureate students. PhD students are encouraged to enroll full-time throughout the pre-candidacy coursework. Students that enroll part-time (less than 8 credits per term, pre-candidacy) may take 4-6 years for completion.

DNP Program

  • Is the DNP required now to be a Nurse Practitioner?
    No, DNP curricula build on traditional master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas. Many DNP programs offered throughout the United States are a post-masters curriculum. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates. Please see the AACN DNP Fact Sheet for more details.
 
  • I have a BSN and a masters in a non-nursing area, can I still apply for the DNP?
    The DNP is designed for graduates of an advanced practice nursing masters.
 
  • May I apply and complete my masters while enrolled in the DNP?
    No, the program is designed as a post-master’s option only. The master's curriculum is designed to prepare the student for an easy transition in the post-master's DNP coursework.
 
  • Will the program be on-line?
    The post-master's DNP curriculum has been designed to accommodate the working student. Courses are offered with a blend of on-line (web, video conferencing) and on-campus; students are required to attend a campus lectures each month (one day per month if part-time, two consecutive days per month if full-time). The dates for the on-campus lectures are set a year in advance.
 
  • What is the focus of the DNP?
    Translational and information science for evidence based practice, the program will not offer the skill set to become an independent researcher. The program was mapped around the competencies set forth by CCNE.
 
  • How many credits will the program entail?
    37-40; applicants that completed less than 500 precepted clinical hours within their nursing master's will need to supplement clinical hours to meet the required 1000 clinical hours for DNP certification.
 
  • Is the GRE required for admission consideration to the post-master's DNP program?
    No
 
  • Are there Funding options for the DNP?
    Yes; Federal aid, private scholarships, fellowships (for FT students), GSI or RA opportunities and the Nurse Faculty Loan (loan forgiveness of 85% if the student takes a Faculty position for at least 4 years of graduation) are available to all qualified students. We encourage all students to seek funding; searches on the internet may help identify funding sources.
 

Contact Information

Traditional BSN Program sn-undergradadmissions@umich.edu
Second Career BSN Program sn-secondcareeradmissions@umich.edu
Master’s Programs sn-mastersadmissions@umich.edu
PhD Program sn-phdadmissions@umich.edu
DNP Program sn-dnpadmissions@umich.edu