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Nursing - Completion | BSN

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Revised Program | Fall 2017

If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, the RN to BSN Completion program provides a pathway to earning your Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). Earning a BSN will expand your career growth and employability; it is also a requirement for programs leading to advanced practice degrees in nursing. The RN to BSN Completion program builds on both your education and practice to prepare you for new opportunities.


The coursework in the RN to BSN Completion program broadens your exposure to the role of nursing in areas such as communication, critical thinking, writing, evidence-based practice, advocacy, health policy, and leadership. There is one practice-based course focusing on population-based nursing. Programs are offered fully online in 7.5-week formats or 15-week hybrid courses which combine in-seat weeks with online weeks.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of RNs is expected to grow at a much faster rate than other occupations. An increasing number of hospitals are working toward Magnet Status which designates hospitals which satisfy criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. To achieve Magnet Status, many hospitals are seeking RNs who have earned a BSN or are working toward a BSN. After completing a BSN you may choose to earn higher degrees toward a Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Anesthetist, or earn your Master’s or Doctoral degree in Nursing.

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.

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

B.S.N. Traditional degree is for students who are NOT already Registered Nurses and wish to obtain a Bacherlor of Sceince in Nursing. This is the Nursing | BSN Major Code: NUR

B.S.N. Second Bachelors degree is for students who are currently NOT licensed Registered Nurses but possess a Baccalaureate Degree in another discipline and wish to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. This program runs for five consecutive semesters; including Summer. This is the Nursing - Second Degree | BSN . Major Code: NURB 

B.S.N. Completion degree is for students who are currently licensed Registered Nurses (generally with a diploma or Associates Degree) who wish to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. This program is offered in a hybrid (each course is a combination of in-seat and online) format at select off-campus sites and hospitals. Major Code: NURC or R2B

Program Admission

The BSN Completion program requires a separate application and admission process. While students may be admitted to the University as a Nursing Intent student (Major Code: INRC or IR2B), admission to the BSN Completion program is not guaranteed.


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)
  • WRTG 121  or successful completion of a college-level course in English composition with a minimum course grade of 2.0 (4.0 scale) or higher before 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 or 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.

The following pre-requisite courses (or transfer equivalencies) are required for application to the BSN program:

One of the following two-course sequences

Sports Medicine

Biology Sequence

Application Process

Applicants must

  • Apply to Eastern Michigan University. Consult with the EMU Office of Admissions regarding application forms, procedures, requirements, and deadlines. 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 in the RN/BSN Information Packet. 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.
  • Designate on the application a first and second choice for site preference for coursework.

Note: Applicants who hold an RN license and a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and 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).

Before beginning the nursing courses, students applying for the BSN Completion Program must have satisfied the Michigan Transfer Agreement, the MACRAO agreement, or have completed 30 credits at EMU which can be applied to General Education  requirements.

School of Nursing application deadline dates and starting dates of courses vary according to the site where coursework is offered (see School of Nursing for site location options).

Online Education for Out-of-State Students

It’s great that you are considering Eastern Michigan University for your online degree program. Before you apply, though, it is critical that you make sure you are eligible to enroll in a program based in Michigan. EMU is an approved State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant. That means EMU can enroll students into online programs who live in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. 

Check your eligibility to attend EMU: Is your state a SARA member? If yes, you are eligible to enroll in an EMU–Online program. If your state is not a SARA member, you may still be eligible to enroll at Eastern Michigan University. For more information, please click here.

School Information

Nursing, College of Health and Human Services

Michael L. Williams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNE | Director | 309 Marshall | 734.487.2310 | michael.williams@emich.edu

Advisor Information

College of Health and Human Services Advising Center | 214 Marshall | 734.487.0918 | chhsadvising@emich.edu | Make an Appointment

General Education Requirements:

For specific General Education requirements, click here  or print a General Education Worksheet  

Major Requirements: 79-81 hours

All of the following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale). Students must complete the BSN program within 6 years of taking NURS 300 - Reading and Writing in Nursing Studies 

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) 75 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 for the course & program fees associated with this program.

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor.

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.

Beginning in Fall 2022, all baccalaureate degree programs for all undergraduates (regardless of catalog year) will require a minimum of 120 credit hours for completion.

Extended Program

This program is available at an EMU off-campus location or entirely online | Locations

Critical Graduation Information

Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

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 online 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 (GEWI) 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 than 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 in the General Education  section of the catalog.

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.


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