Nursing - Baccalaureate
Contact Information
Address: 2301 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2834
Fax: 906-227-1658
Web Address:
Associate Dean and Director of the School of Nursing: Nanci Gasiewicz
Nursing at NMU

The School of Nursing offers programs from the certificate level to graduate degree. Program options include: (1) LPN certificate program; (2) a BSN degree program; (3) an LPN to BSN program (for LPNs desiring to obtain a baccalaureate degree); (4) an RN to BSN degree program (for registered nurses who desire to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing); and (5) an MSN degree program with a family nurse practitioner functional track as its specialty.

The BSN program prepares students to function as professional nurses in a variety of hospital and community settings. Students acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to practice across a variety of settings with diverse populations within the health care system and to be independently skillful in the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention of disease, and the management, coordination and supervision of client care.

Northern’s bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and master of science in nursing (MSN) programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Student Organization
  • Student Nurses Association
BSN Program Policies

Pre-Admission Policies
The department strongly recommends that prospective nursing students prepare themselves in high school by taking the following courses: English (four years), mathematics (three or four years, including two years of algebra), social studies (four years) and one unit each of biology, chemistry and physics. Students without the necessary high school preparation in algebra and chemistry may need to take additional preparatory courses in these subjects, which will lengthen their program.

Prospective transfer students from community colleges should take courses equivalent to those listed as requirements for admission to the nursing sequence.

Entering students are assigned an adviser who helps them plan an academic program of pre-nursing courses. When the prerequisites are nearly completed, students may apply for admission to the baccalaureate nursing sequence in consultation with an adviser. For more information, contact the nursing department at

Note: Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

Criminal Background Checks
Student placement in a clinical site/agency assumes that the applicant possesses good moral character and the ability to successfully pass the rigors of a background investigation and criminal history check. In specific clinical sites, the State of Michigan requires a criminal background check and a criminal background check is required prior to licensure. All students are required to complete a criminal background check. Students are responsible for the costs of the background check. Students who do not complete a background check are ineligible for placement at some clinical agencies and therefore, may result in the student’s being unable to progress in the nursing program. More information about criminal background checks is provided in the BSN Student Handbook.

License Information for RNs and LPNs Applying to Nursing Programs
Applicants and students holding either an LPN or RN license must report any action involving their license during the admission process as well as during the student’s progression in the nursing program. This includes licenses that are revoked, suspended, or sanctioned in any manner. The applicant or student is required to report all changes in the status of the license to the Director of the School of Nursing and to their faculty advisor. A licensed that is sanctioned in any way is not considered an active license to practice and therefore does not meet the program requirements for RN to BSN or LPN to BSN programs.

Admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Sequence

Before applying for admission to the nursing sequence, applicants must:

  1. Be admitted to Northern Michigan University.
  2. Have completed or be in the process of completing the following courses: BI 201 Human Anatomy, BI 202 Human Physiology, BI 203 Medical Microbiology, CH 109 Chemistry, PY 100 Psychology, SO 101 Introductory Sociology, HN 301 A and B Human Nutrition.
  3. Have a 2.75 or greater cumulative NMU grade point average. Currently enrolled NMU students with 12 current NMU credits will be given priority over transfer students.
  4. Students admitted to the BSN program in Fall 2012 will be admitted based on the admission criteria, as seen in Appendix 4 of BSN Student Handbook.

Note: Admission to the BSN program is very competitive. Meeting prerequisites and minimum GPA criteria does not ensure admission.

Application Deadlines

All prospective BSN students must complete and submit an application with a current transcript of grades to the School of Nursing by February 1 for the succeeding fall semester, or by October 1 for the succeeding winter semester.

The School of Nursing admits a limited number of students to the baccalaureate nursing sequence each semester. Records and applications of all students are reviewed promptly, and students are notified of acceptance or rejection no later than the beginning of the pre-registration period. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of placements available, the faculty reserves the right to select the applicants who shall be admitted. The remaining eligible applicants may apply for admission the following semester. Ordinarily, students may expect to complete the entire program in approximately three academic years after being admitted to the nursing sequence, assuming that they complete all of their courses satisfactorily and sequentially.

Admission of Licensed Practical Nurses to the Baccalaureate Program

Students with an LPN license who request admission to the BSN program and have graduated from an LPN program within five years of admission into the BSN program and/or have worked as an LPN within five years of admission into the BSN program, are granted, without testing, advanced placement credit for: NU 211 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (T) 4 credits and NU 212 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (C) 3 credits. LPN applicants who have not practiced as an LPN and have graduated from an LPN program more than five years prior to application for admission will be required to successfully complete challenge exams to receive advanced placement credit.

Applicants must submit a copy of their current Michigan LPN license prior to acceptance into the BSN program. The license must be clear of current sanctions and restrictions.
Preadmission requirements are the same as delineated in Admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Sequence.

LPN student applicants who have not practiced as an LPN and have graduated from an LPN program more than five years prior to admission will be required to successfully complete challenge exams for advanced placement credit.

Students must submit a copy of their current Michigan LPN license prior to acceptance into the BSN program.

Preadmission requirements are the same as delineated in “Admission to the Baccalaureate Nursing Sequence.”

Admission of Registered Nurses

Credit for a maximum of 47 semester hours of selected previous nursing courses will be granted to those individuals transferring from an accredited nursing program or community college with which the School of Nursing has an articulation agreement. RNs that enter the BSN program with a deficit in nursing credits can make up the deficit with credits by taking courses offered within the School of Nursing including nursing electives, NU 399 Advanced Nursing Apprenticeship and/or NU 491 Nursing Practicum/Internship. If the scheduling and/or staffing of nursing courses does not allow the student the opportunity to make up the credit deficit from nursing courses, other courses may be substituted with department approval.

To be admitted to the nursing major, RN to BSN applicants must:
  1. Be admitted to Northern Michigan University
  2. Have graduated from a state-approved diploma or associate degree program in nursing
  3. provide a photocopy of a current unrestricted Michigan RN license (or proof of being in process of obtaining licensure)
  4. Have a 2.75 or greater cumulative NMU grade point average. The transfer grade point average of those courses with a C- or above will be used until a student completes 12 credit hours at NMU.
  5. Have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses:
    • BI 201 Human Anatomy
    •  BI 202 Human Physiology
    •  BI 203a Medical Microbiology
    • CH 109 Introductory Organic & Biochemistry
    •  HN 301A and HN 301B Nutrition for Health Professions
    • NU 393 Role Dimension in Professional Nursing (T) 3 credits
    • PY 100 Psychology and
    • SO 101 Introductory Sociology.
Non- nursing course prerequisites must be completed with a C- or higher. NU 393 Role Dimension in Professional Nursing must be completed with a “C” or higher.

In special circumstances the department may substitute BI 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology for BI 201 and waive HN 301 A and/or B Nutrition for Health Professions if HN 210 Nutrition for Humans or an equivalent course has been successfully completed.
Retention in the Nursing Sequence

To remain in the program, the student:

  1. Must maintain a minimum 2.25 NMU cumulative grade point average. If the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.25 the student is not eligible to progress in the nursing program and will be required to withdraw from nursing courses. Since the student is not enrolled in any nursing classes while the grade point average is less than 2.25, the student must reapply to the nursing major when the student’s grade point average enables the student to again enroll in a nursing class. This will not, however, obligate the nursing school to grant readmission.
  2. Must complete all nursing courses with a minimum grade of “C”, or “S” when the course is graded S/U. The required nursing courses are identified with the prefix lettering of “NU”.
  3. May fail and repeat one required nursing course. Upon receiving a passing grade after repeating the course, the student may progress in the nursing program (based upon space availability). If a second failing grade is obtained in any required nursing course, a repetition is not allowed, and the student will be dropped from NMU’s nursing program.
  4. Must adhere to the university Student Code.
  5. Must demonstrate a pattern of safe clinical practice commensurate with their educational experiences.
  6. Maintain an unencumbered professional license.
  7. [LPN to BSN and RN to BSN students only.]

Each student is responsible for reading the Northern Michigan University Undergraduate Bulletin and the BSN Student Handbook, and seeking consultation with their academic advisor/Department Head and/or Dean of Students if questions or concerns arise.

Students in good academic standing who withdraw from the nursing program and wish to re-enter must follow the same application and admission procedure as all pre-nursing students. This will not, however, obligate the nursing school to grant readmission.

Note: Before graduation students will complete the HESI Exit Exam. (This graduation requirement does not apply to RN to BSN program students.)

Note: All School of Nursing student policies are clearly described in the BSN Student Handbook which is available in the school of nursing office and online [

Review Testing Package

All BSN students are required to take selected Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) assessment tests. These tests are incorporated into nursing courses and may be part of the earned grade. The HESI Exit Examination is administered during the final semester of the nursing program. Students may take the HESI Exit Examination twice. An NCLEX pre-RN Review course is included in the HESI testing package. There is a service charge each semester for the HESI tests and review package. Please refer to the BSN Student Handbook for further information regarding the HESI review testing package.  

Bachelor Degree Programs

Liberal Studies: Complete information on the liberal studies requirements and additional graduation requirements, including the health promotion requirement, is in the “Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements” section of this bulletin.

Courses within each major that can be used to satisfy liberal studies requirements are listed with the Roman numeral (in brackets) that coincides with the liberal studies division the course falls under.