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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. 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  

Articulation Agreement

An articulation agreement exists between this program and at least one community college. To see a current list of program articulation agreements, please click here.

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.

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).

School Information:

School of Nursing - College of Health and Human Services

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

346 Marshall
(734) 487-2310

School Website

Advisor Information:

For advisor information, choose your desired location or contact (734) 487-0407 or extended.programs@emich.edu

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • SPMD 202 - Human Physiology for Sports Medicine 3 hrs
  • Biology Sequence

  • BIO 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hrs
  • 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 365W - R.N. Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice II (GEWI) 3 hrs
  • NURS 372 - Nursing Research 2 hrs
  • NURS 450 - Community Health Nursing 2 hrs
  • NURS 451L4 - Community Health Nursing Clinical (GELB) 3 hrs
  • NURS 465 - R.N. Essentials of Professional Nursing Practice III 3 hrs

Restrictive Elective Courses: 5 hours

  • Five hours in nursing

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above. If sufficient credits hours are not transferred in, additional EMU credits must be completed to reach the minimum of 124 credit hours required to graduate.

60 Hour Waiver

Students in this program are granted a waiver of the University requirement that students may not earn “more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix).” Students in this program may earn up to (but not exceed) 60 hours in “NURS” credit towards graduation. Only “NURS” courses taken at EMU will count towards the 60 hour requirement.

Program Fee

Please see the Student Business Services website (www.emich.edu/sbs/programfeesoutline.php) for possible course & program fees associated with this program.

Extended Programs

This program is available at an EMU off-campus location. For a list of locations, please click here .

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.