The acronyms listed all over this Web site are the types of nursing degrees offered:


Degree type

Time for completion


Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

120 Credit Hours


Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

120 Credit Hours


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

4 years

CH 109 Chemistry       4
BI 201/207 Human Anatomy           4
BI 202/208 Human Physiology        4
PSY 100 or PSY 101 Psychology      4-3
AH 102 Growth and Development        3
BI 203/203A Medical Microbiology        5-3
AH 201/HN 301A & AH 202/HN 301B Nutrition for Health Professionals   2 credits each

**NOTE: The questions below address the traditional BSN admission process. For the Freshman Direct Admission policies and process, see the current BSN Information Packet. 

Yes. The pre-nursing program was designed to meet specific needs in the nursing curriculum. However, students can apply to the program while currently enrolled in prerequisite courses.

Yes. 5 extra points are awarded for a prior degree. See the scoring grid criteria in the current BSN Information Packet.

February 1 for fall entrance; October 1 for winter entrance.

Two for the BSN program. Fall and winter semester.

Not at this time.

No. It is more important that you get a good college preparation program in high school. Frequently students take nurse aid-type courses in high school at the expense of getting chemistry, algebra and other critical science and math courses. Work experience may help you better decide about your nursing career, however, proper academic preparation in math and science will result in greater success in college.

For the BSN program, normally not later than the beginning of the pre-registration period (mid-March for fall admission, late October for winter admission), provided application is complete and current when submitted.

No. The admission criteria scoring grid will be used to determine admission to the BSN Program.

Approximately 40 per semester.

Those qualified applicants who were not admitted will be held on a reserve list until the first week of the semester. Applicants from this list will be admitted (in rank order) should any vacancies occur. Following the first week of the semester, all lists will be invalidated and those wishing to be considered for future classes must reapply.

Faculty and the department head.

When a student is notified of a provisional acceptance, this means that a space has been reserved for him/her in the School of Nursing for the following class. This becomes a full acceptance upon successfully completing any remaining prerequisites and/or maintaining grade point averages.

Approximately two and a half years (5 semesters, fall and winter only).

Not when admitted into the traditional program.

The traditional curriculum does not incorporate summer school sessions in the program of study. Many students, however, choose to take some non-nursing courses during the summer so that they have a lighter course load in the regular academic year.

A student must be accepted into the nursing program to take nursing courses.

Freshmen and others completing the pre-nursing requirements are classified as "pre-nursing" students and, as such, are assigned an adviser from the School of Nursing after they finish their first year.

Applications are available online during the application windows (January 1-February 1 for fall semester and September 1-October 1 for winter semester).

All non-nursing courses in which a passing grade was received and that are collegiate level are usually acceptable for transfer credit. Completed nursing courses from another nursing school will be reviewed by nursing faculty. See or contact the Admissions office for further information.

Yes -- contact the School of Nursing for meeting times and places. Freshmen and all new nursing students are encouraged to join.

Yes. In fact, there are several loans available specific to nursing students. Check with the Financial Aid office for more specific information.

Yes. Scholarship information is available from the Financial Aid office.

Yes. While you are in the Nursing Major, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.25.

The SNA (Student Nurses Association) is the official communication system between students and faculty. Representatives of the SNA serve as members of various departmental committees. Changes may also be discussed in special meetings or in classrooms, and will be reflected in advising materials and the program handbook, which is available online.

You must immediately discuss your problem with your nursing adviser and reapply for placement into the course. Note: you may repeat a nursing course only once

Two publications, Student Code and Student Rights and Responsibilities, are available from the Dean of Students Office or online. They detail NMU's rules and regulations and also describe the grievance procedures that students may utilize.