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Nursing (R.N./B.S.N Completion)

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The Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. An active articulation agreement exists between the BSN Completion program and many community colleges, including, but not limited to the following:  

Nursing (BSN Completion) - Grand Rapids Community College  

Nursing (BSN Completion) - North Central Michigan College Articulation Guide  

To see a current list of community colleges with program articulation agreements with EMU, please click here.


There are three options within the undergraduate BSN Nursing Program at Eastern Michigan University:

B.S.N. for students who are NOT already Registered Nurses and wish to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. Major Code: NUR  

B.S.N. Completion. - for students who are already Registered Nurses (generally with a diploma or Associates Degree) who wish to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. This is the Nursing Major - B.S.N. Completion. Major Code: NURC

B.S.N. Second Degree - for students who possess a Baccalaureate Degree in another discipline and wish to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. This is the Nursing Major - B.S.N. Second Degree. Major Code: NURB  

School Information:

School of Nursing - College of Health and Human Services

Michael L. Williams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNE, School Director

346 Marshall
(734) 487-2310

School Website

B.S.N. Completion Program

The BSN Completion program at EMU requires a separate application and admission process. While students may be admitted to the University as a Nursing Intent student (Major Code: INRC), admission to the BSN Completion program is not guaranteed.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are considered for selection into the BSN Completion Program based on the following criteria:

  • Hold a current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse.
  • A 2.5 or better cumulative college G.P.A (4.0 scale)
  • Successful completion of a college level course in English composition with a minimum course grade of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or higher prior to entry into the program.
    Successful completion of the TOEFL or MELAB scores to meet EMU requirements if English is a second language.

The University may give credit for nursing courses taken at another college of university; however, the School reserves the right to make the final decision on course substitution based on examination of course materials. Requirements may vary based on prior education. Students must speak with a pre-admission counselor in the CHHS Intent Advising Office (734.487.0918) for details on transfer equivalencies. A minimum grade of C must be earned in the following courses (or the courses accepted as equivalent or replacement for the following courses):

  • All courses with NURS prefix
  • BIO 328

    Application Process:

    Applicants must:

    • Apply to Eastern Michigan University. Consult with the EMU Office of Admissions regarding application forms, procedures, requirements and deadlines. Admission to the university takes an average of 2-3 weeks.
    • Submit official transcripts from each educational institution you have attended so your EMU admission application can be processed.
    • After admission to the university and receipt of your EID (student number), submit a separate application to the EMU School of Nursing for the RN/BSN Completion Program. The application can be found on the EMU School of Nursing website. Please include a $30.00 non-refundable check with your application. The check should be made out to EMU School of Nursing RN/BSN Program.
    • Designation on application of first and second choices for site preference for coursework.

    Note: Priority for admission to the RN/BSN Completion program will be given to those applicants who have completed general education requirements at EMU or are MACRAO satisfied from their community college.
    *Applicants who hold a RN license and a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who are seeking admission to the RN/BSN Completion Program must also meet with the EMU Second-Degree Advisor in addition to the above requirements (734-487-7121).

    Effective winter 2015, students applying for the BSN Completion Program must have satisfied the Michigan Transfer Agreement, the MACRAO agreement, or have completed all EMU general education requirements before beginning the nursing courses.

    Application deadline dates and starting dates of courses vary according to the site (see EMU School of Nursing website for options in site locations).

    Additional Requirements: 27-31 hours

    • BIO 328 - Microbiology for Health Professions 4 hrs
    • Any 100 level or higher Chemistry course 3-4 hrs
    • IHHS 200 - Reading and Writing in Nursing Studies 3 hrs
    • DTC 203 - Nutrition for Health Professionals 3 hrs
    • PSY 101 - General Psychology Lecture (GEKN) 3 hrs
    • Please be aware that PSY 103  must be completed in addition to PSY 101 to satisfy four credits of the Knowledge of the Disciplines-Natural Science portion of the General Education program.

    One course from the following:

    • EDPS 325 - Life Span Human Growth and Development 4 hrs
    • or

    • IHHS 260 - Aging to Infancy: A Life Course Retrospective 3 hrs

    One course from the following:

    • ANTH 135 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (GEGA & GEKS) 3 hrs
    • or

    • SOCL 105 - Introductory Sociology (GEKS) 3 hrs

    One of the following two course sequences:

    Sports Medicine Sequence

    • SPMD 201 - Human Anatomy for Sports Medicine 3 hrs
    • and

    • SPMD 202 - Human Physiology for Sports Medicine 3 hrs

    Biology Sequence

    • BIO 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hrs
    • and

    • BIO 252 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hrs

    Major Requirements: 60 hours

    Required Courses: 55 hours

    • NLN Exams or State of Michigan R.N. license (30 hrs)

    • NURS 220 - Health Assessment 2 hrs
    • NURS 260 - Pathophysiology 4 hrs
    • NURS 265 - R.N. Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice I 3 hrs
    • NURS 270 - Pharmacology 3 hrs
    • NURS 365 - R.N. Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice II 3 hrs
    • NURS 372 - Nursing Research 2 hrs
    • NURS 450 - Community Health Nursing 2 hrs
    • NURS 451 - Community Health Nursing Clinical 3 hrs
    • NURS 465 - R.N. Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice III 3 hrs