2021 - 2022 Undergraduate Bulletin


Nursing Major

This program combines the study of humanities and physical and behavioral sciences with professional nursing courses and clinical experience. Students are expected to demonstrate competency in critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions when providing care for clients, families and communities. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the National Council for Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and to apply for entrance to graduate programs in nursing.

The quality of our program demands excellence from our students. Success in the nursing profession is evidenced by competencies demonstrated across the curriculum. The presumption is that student nurses also demonstrate personal and academic integrity across the curriculum.  Conduct at any given time may call into question this premise. The requirements to continue in the program include remaining in good standing which requires: passing theory courses with a “C” or better, satisfactorily passing clinical courses and exhibiting professional behavior. Professional behavior is demonstrated by passing and maintaining the requirements for a negative criminal background check as well as professional competencies listed below.

Nursing students are required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  1. Student demonstrates the professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct; including protecting patient privacy and confidentiality of patient records and other privileged communications.
  2. Student assumes accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
  3. Student demonstrates professionalism, including attention to appearance, demeanor, respect for self and others, and attention to professional boundaries with patients and families as well as among caregivers.

Details regarding the oversight of these requirements can be found in the School of Nursing student handbook, available on the School of Nursing website.

Students majoring in nursing must maintain a minimum 2.25 NMU cumulative grade point average and must complete all nursing courses with a minimum grade of “C”, or “S” when the course is graded "S/U". Courses required for admission to the nursing program must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-".

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  • Total Credits Required for Degree
  • General Education

*Transfer Students: Other chemistry courses may be substituted for the Northern Michigan University chemistry course requirement [4 credits minimum] at the discretion of the nursing faculty.

The Nursing Department accepts biology courses (anatomy, physiology and microbiology) from other colleges and universities that are at least 3 credit hours. If any course that includes a laboratory component is less than 3 credit hours, the student will take the specific course at NMU or a substitute designated by the department.

This major does not require a minor.