Direct Admission Program

High achieving high school seniors who are interested in nursing can be guaranteed a spot in NMU’s nursing program through the Freshman Direct Admission Nursing program. Ten spots will be available each Fall. Applications are due by November 1 for the following year's fall semester.


Application Criteria:

  1. Senior in high school

  2. Accepted to Northern Michigan University as a pre-nursing major 

  3. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 

  4. One year of high school level biology, chemistry, and mathematics (or college credits if dual enrolled at an institution of higher learning) 

    • Must have achieved a “B” or better in each course. 

  5. One reference letter from high school academic counselor, science, or math teacher 

  6. Completed direct admission application by November 1, 2020 for Fall 2021 semester


Criteria to Maintain Freshman BSN Status: 

  1. Final high school transcript grade showing a GPA of 3.5 or higher

  2. Placement into Chemistry 109 

  3. Maintain a GPA average of 3.5 

  4. Complete all prerequisites outlined in the BSN application within five semesters

  5. Letter of intent 

    • Due October 1 or February 1, one semester prior to when student met requirements to begin nursing program. 

  6. Students must meet all requirements in the BSN handbook prior to starting BSN program (e.g. criminal background check, TB testing)

Students who fail to maintain freshman BSN status will no longer be guaranteed a spot upon completion of required prerequisites. They may still apply as a traditional student via the traditional route with applications due October 1 and February 1. 


Students who meet the application criteria should submit their application materials for direct admission prior to November 1 for the following year's fall semester.