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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.

 

FAQs by Program

Traditional BSN Program - Freshmen

Can I receive college credit for dual enrollment or AP exams?
Yes, some credits in the Traditional BSN curriculum may be fulfilled by transfer credit earned during dual enrollment, enrollment in an early or middle college program, or through Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate testing. Please review the Transfer Credit Policy for Freshmen for specific details.

 
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.
 
 
When will I receive my decision? 
if you apply by the Early Action deadline of November 1, you will receive your admission decision no later than December 24. If you apply by the regular decision deadline of February 1, you will receive your decision by early April. 
 
 
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.
 
 
Can I pursue a minor? 
Yes, nursing students may choose to declare a minor. Students work regularly with School of nursing advisors in order to plan their schedule and complete all required coursework. 
 
 
Where do I send my transcripts? 
If submitting transcripts (or any other application materials) by regular mail, please send documents to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
 
 
What is the cost of tuition?
Information on tuition and fees can be found in the Office of the Registrar. For questions on financial aid and scholarships, contact the Office of Financial Aid
 
 
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.

 
Where do I send my Sophomore Transfer Supplemental Form? 
Please send your Sophomore Transfer Supplemental Form as an attached excel document to umsn-SophTransMaterials@med.umich.edu.
 
 
What is the cost of tuition?
For information on tuition and fees, please see the Office of the Registrar. For questions regarding financial aid and scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid
 
 
Can I pursue a minor? 
Yes, nursing students may choose to declare a minor. Students work regularly with School of Nursing advisors in order to plan their schedule and complete all required coursework. 
 
 
When will I receive my decision? 
Admissions decisions are expected to be released in April. 
 
 
When do classes begin? 
Sophomore transfer students begin the program during the summer term by taking Nursing 152. Summer term begins in late June. 
 
 
How many days per week should I plan to be on campus for the summer course, Nursing 152? 
Please plan to be on campus 3-4 days per week. Nursing 152 typically consists of a lecture, lab, and clinical, which should each meet once per week. 
 
 
How do I get an override into a nursing class? 
NURS 210 (Anatomy & Physiology) is offered at the University of Michigan during the winter term. In order to enroll in this nursing course as a non-nursing student, you will need to request an override during the fall term. Please email us in order to make this request. Please note, Organic Biochemistry is a prerequisite for NURS 210. 
 
 
Can I take prerequisite coursework at U-M if I am not currently a student? 
If you are not currently a U-M student and would like to complete any prerequisite coursework at the University of Michigan, you will need to apply as a guest or non-degree seeking student. You can access the guest/non-degree application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
 

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.

 

Where do I send my transcripts? 
If submitting transcripts (or any other application materials) by regular mail, please send documents to:
 
Office of Undergraduate Admissions:
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316


Are standardized test scores required? 
If you took the ACT or SAT during high school , please have your scores submitted to the University of Michigan directly from the testing agency. If you did not take either exam during high school, you are not required to submit this information. Please contact the Recruiting & Admissions team to request a waiver for this requirement. 
 
 

Advanced Clinical Pathway and Systems, Populations & Leadership Pathway - MSN and post-baccalaureate DNP

 
Are the MSN and post-baccalaureate programs offered online?
The University of Michigan School of Nursing does not offer a completely online curriculum. On-campus requirements will vary. Most programs have some web-blended courses. The Systems, Populations & Leadership MSN program is taught in a completely web-blended format.
 
 
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. 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. Please refer to Entrance Exams for more information.
 
 
Can I apply to a graduate program prior to completing my BSN and without work experience? 
Yes, you can apply to MSN programs or the post-baccalaureate DNP program prior to completing your BSN. If offered admission, you must successfully complete all BSN coursework and be licensed as a registered nurse by at least one political (state, province, country) jurisdiction before the start of the term of admission. Applicants are not required to have work experience.
 
 
Is there funding available for the MSN and post-baccalaureate DNP programs? What is the cost of the program?
The School of Nursing awards a limited number of scholarships each year. The NursingCAS application is used to determine scholarships; applicants do not need to submit additional applications. Students are also welcome to apply for federal financial aid, and seek additional funding from private scholarships. Tuition and fee information can be found through the Office of the Registrar. 
 
 
Are there application fee waivers? 
Unfortunately, there are no application fee waivers available. 
 
 
I would like to reapply for a graduate program. Do I need to submit a new application through NursingCAS? 
Prior applicants have the option to reapply for the same or a different program for subsequent admission terms. NursingCAS allows individuals who already have a profile set up to either edit their information from the previous year or copy the existing information. It is recommended that applicants update their resume, personal statement, and recommendations for the new application year and new program (if applicable). 

 
How can I visit campus and learn more about the programs? 
Each fall semester the School of Nursing hosts several events, both online and on campus. Program Previews are held on campus on select Wednesday evenings and Saturdays. During program previews, interested applicants will have the opportunity to meet the faculty and learn more about our programs. Refreshments are provided.
Webinars are held for the Systems, Populations & Leadership programs during the fall. These live webinars are hosted by faculty, and provide a great opportunity to receive information and ask questions. Please refer to Visitor Information or email UMSN-MastersAdmissions@med.umich.edu for more information about these events. The events are also included on our webcalendar. 
 
 
Can I apply to more than one program? 
No, you may only apply to one program.
 
 
Are interviews required for admission? 
All completed applications will be reviewed holistically by the Admissions Committee. Competitive applicants will be offered an admissions interview with faculty. The purpose of the interview is to further assess each applicant's fit for the program and to evaluate their understanding of the scope of practice. All individual applicants will be notified by the Admissions Committee if they have been selected for an admissions interview by email. 
 
 
Are there requirements I need to complete prior to enrolling in a master’s program, other than completion of the Bachelor Science in Nursing degree? Do I need to complete a statistics course?
An approved upper level (300 or above) undergraduate or a graduate level statistics course is a requirement for the master’s core courses at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. If you apply and are offered admission, the statistics requirement may be completed prior to or during your first term of enrollment as part of your regular program plan. Please refer to the list of courses that are approved to fulfill the statistics prerequisite for the master's core courses.

The statistics course must meet each of the six 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.
3. You are required to have completed 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).
6. The curriculum for the course must cover common terminology and use of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques including each of the following areas:

  • frequency distributions
  • histograms
  • measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • correlation 
  • regression
  • probability distributions
  • inference
  • hypothesis testing
  • the t-test
  • chi square
  • Introduction to probability theory
  • F distribution
 
How long will it take to complete an MSN or a post-baccalaureate DNP?
Time to degree completion will vary based on the program of enrollment and the student. Please refer to the specific academic program for information regarding the curriculum and program plan options. UMSN 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 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.

 
Do the programs all start in the fall term? 
Yes, we only offer a Fall term start for our graduate programs.
 

Research Pathway: PhD

 
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.
 
 
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, province, 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. It is important to plan ahead to ensure official GRE scores are received by the University of Michigan prior to the application deadline date. Verbal, quantitative, and analytical scores at or above the 50th percentile are highly recommended. Applicants to the PhD program are encouraged to try and obtain competitive GRE scores prior to applying. This may require taking the GRE more than once. Please read through the ETS website for additional information on GRE scoring and testing. 
 
 
Are there application fee waivers? 
Unfortunately, there are no application fee waivers available.
 
 
How can I learn more about the program?
Webinars are held during the fall. These live webinars are hosted by faculty and current students, and provide a great opportunity to receive information and ask questions. Please refer to Visitor Information or email UMSN-PhDAdmissions@med.umich.edu for more information about these webinars. 

 
Are interviews required for admission? 
All completed applications will be reviewed holistically by the Admissions Committee. Competitive applicants will be offered an admissions interview with faculty. 
 
 
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 program.
 
 
How long is the PhD program?
The PhD program is a 3 year full-time curriculum for post-master’s students and post-baccalaureate students.
 

Post-Master's 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-health care related area. Can I still apply for the DNP?
The DNP was designed for graduates of a nursing masters (MS in Nursing, MSN or MN). Applicants with a BSN and a master's degree in a non-health care related field are encouraged to apply for the post-baccalaureate DNP program. 
 
 
Will the program be online?
The post-master's DNP curriculum has been designed to accommodate the working student. Courses are offered with a blend of online (web, video conferencing) and on-campus time; students are required to attend a campus lecture each month. The dates for the on-campus lectures are set a year in advance and can be found on the post-Master's DNP program page.
 
 
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 post-master's program entail?
Thirty-seven to 40. Applicants that completed less than 500 precepted clinical hours within their nursing master's degree will need to supplement clinical hours to meet the required 1000 clinical hours for DNP certification.

 
Are there application fee waivers available? 
Unfortunately, there are no application fee waivers available at this time. 

 
I would like to reapply. Do I need to submit a new application through NursingCAS? 
Prior applicants have the option to reapply for the same or a different program for subsequent admissions terms. NursingCAS allows individuals who already have a profile set up to either edit their information from the previous year or copy to existing information. It is recommended that applicants update their resume, personal statement, and recommendations for the new application year and new program (if applicable).

 
How can I learn more about the program? 
Webinars are held during the fall. These live webinars are hosted by faculty and provide a great opportunity to receive information and ask questions.  Please refer to Visitor Information or email UMSN-DNPAdmissions@med.umich.edu for more information. 

 
Are interviews required for admission? 
All completed applicants will be reviewed holistically by the Admissions Committee. Competitive applicants will be offered an admissions interview with faculty. All individual applicants will be notified by the Admissions Committee if they have been selected for an admissions interview by email. 
 

Are there funding options for the DNP?
Yes; federal aid, private scholarships, fellowships (for full-time students), GRSA 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. If offered admission, additional information will be available. All applicants that are offered admission are considered for School of Nursing supplemental funding. Funding support from the School of Nursing and/or fellowships or GSRA opportunities are not guaranteed; we encourage all students to seek funding.

 
 

Contact Information

Traditional BSN Program UMSN-UndergradAdmissions@med.umich.edu
Master’s Programs UMSN-MastersAdmissions@med.umich.edu
PhD Program UMSN-PhDAdmissions@med.umich.edu
DNP Program UMSN-DNPAdmissions@med.umich.edu