School of Nursing - College of Health and Human Services
Michael L. Williams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNE, School Director
College of Health and Human Services Advising Center
The BSN program at EMU requires a separate application and admission process apart from being admitted to the university. While students may be admitted to the University as a Nursing Intent student (Major Code: INUR), admission to the BSN program is not guaranteed. Admission to the BSN program is highly competitive.
Applicants are considered for selection into the BSN Program upon completion of the following pre-admission courses and submission of official transcripts from all other colleges and universities. TOEFL scores are required if English is a second language (to meet university requirements). It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all materials have been submitted to the School of Nursing by the application deadline date.
The following pre-requisite courses (or transfer equivalencies) are required for application to the BSN program:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the pre-requisite courses is required.
- Any transferred chemistry, anatomy, or physiology course must be a “B” grade or better and equivalent to EMU courses.
- Chemistry, anatomy, or physiology courses older than 10 years are not accepted.
- If chemistry, anatomy or physiology courses are re-taken, the grades from the first two attempts only are used to calculate the GPA.
- ATI-TEAS may be re-taken only twice per calendar year.
Note: effective Fall 2015, students will not be required to earn a “B” grade or better in transferred chemistry anatomy, or physiology courses
is recommended and does count toward points for admission to the program. This course introduces the concepts of professional nursing practice and assists in preparing students for the rigor of the undergraduate BSN curriculum.
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.
Admission to the BSN program is highly competitive. Prospective students should first attend a School of Nursing “Information Session for Nursing Intents to learn about the BSN program application process. The schedule of information sessions is available online at www.emich.edu/nursing under the events calendar.
After attending an information session, please contact the College of Health and Human Services Advising Office at 734.487.0918 prior to schedule an appointment for advising about the BSN program.
Applications for the BSN Program are due annually on May 15th by 5:00 pm in the School of Nursing office (311 Marshall). Applications are reviewed and students are notified in June about their acceptance into the BSN program. Students start classes in the following Fall semester. EMU School of Nursing does not maintain a waiting list. Students who are not admitted one year may apply subsequently, but will be ranked based on the applicant pool at that time.
Each application is carefully reviewed and assigned points based on the following criteria:
||Maximum Possible Points
Calculated Pre-Requisite GPA multiplied by 75
Calculated Science GPA multiplied by 25
EMU Points (2 points for each credit hour of the 8-pre-requisite courses taken at EMU)
ATI TEAS Scores (5 points possible per category)
6 Months or More of Health Care Work Experience
Math or English Waiver (ACT/SAT/CLEP) (3 points for each waiver awarded if granted)
Successful completion of NURS 110
Total Possible Points:
Following the point calculations, applicants are ranked from highest to lowest points. The top ranked students are then offered admission into the BSN program based on available space. In order to complete the admission to the BSN program, students must submit and successfully pass a criminal background check, physical examination, and drug screen. Failure to pass the criminal background check, physical examination, drug screen or completion of required paperwork may result in revocation of the admission offer.
Students should plan carefully for the demanding nature of the Nursing Program and the extensive clinical hours required. Students must earn a minimum of 124 credits at the 100-level or above. The program requires five to six semesters of study and the School reserves the right to make changes in the curriculum as needed. To be eligible for graduation, the program (124 hours) must be completed within six calendar years from the date of enrollment in NURS 208 . Eligibility to take the NCLEX exam (required to earn Registered Nurse licensure) is dependent upon graduation from the University with a B.S.N. degree. Specific program requirements (including failures within courses and dismissal from the program) are included in the BSN Student Handbook located on the EMU School of Nursing website.
Other Program Requirements:
Prior to taking the 300-level nursing courses, students must successfully complete:
3 hrs or
Nursing courses must be taken in the sequence specified by the School of Nursing.
Clinical Learning Experience
Practical experience in nursing is provided through clinical learning experiences under the supervision of faculty in a variety of health care organizations, such as ambulatory care settings, acute care settings, medical centers, community hospitals, public schools, nursing homes, county public health agencies, and home health care agencies. Students are required to follow University and agency policies for professional appearance, compliance with agency policies, and purchase of necessary equipment to perform his/her role. Students are also expected to provide their own transportation to clinical agencies.
Academic and Professional Integrity
Students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning, to support the ethics and goals of the profession and to value honesty in the fulfillment of scholarly and professional endeavors. Students must abide by the University code of conduct. Students who violate the University code of conduct will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
The School of Nursing recognizes its responsibilities to the public and to the nursing profession. Students and faculty must promote academic and professional integrity and take action when a violation of such integrity occurs. The School reserves the right to retain only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship, clinical competence, and professional and personal integrity suitable for nursing. See BSN Student Handbook on the EMU School of Nursing website.
Major Requirements: 60 hours
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.
- 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 GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (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.
University Information: Consult the on-line catalog at catalog.emich.edu.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.