Jan 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing - Second Degree [BSN]

If you choose a career in professional nursing, you will find that every day will bring intellectual challenge and opportunities to directly impact health outcomes through caring and advocacy. You will work with individuals, families, groups and whole communities to improve their level of health care. Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) is one requirement needed to take the NCLEX-RN and become a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). RNs with a BSN are in high demand.


In nursing, learning takes place in the classroom, in the simulation lab, and in real-life clinical settings. In your journey toward a BSN, you will learn about nursing in the areas of Mental Health, Medical-Surgical, Pediatrics, Maternal-Newborn, and Community Health. You will also learn the basics of research, writing, and the role of a professional nurse.


While pursuing a BSN, you may become involved in the National Student Nurses Association, where you can begin expressing yourself as a professional through leadership and service opportunities.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of RNs is expected to grow at a much faster rate than other occupations. Nursing provides many career opportunities and advancement through higher degrees. Upon completion of the BSN and successfully becoming a licensed RN you may find work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, community health nursing, and home care. Other nursing roles include teaching, case management, working in healthcare research studies, and in the insurance industry. 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.

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 Baccalaureate Degree 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. 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. This is the Nursing - Completion [BSN] . Major Code: NURC

BSN Second Degree

The BSN Second Degree program at EMU requires a separate application and admission process after being admitted to the university. Students may be admitted to the University as a Nursing Intent student (Major Code: INUR), however, admission to the BSN Second Degree program is not guaranteed. Admission to the BSN Second Degree program is highly competitive.

Admission Requirements

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 requirement). 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.

Application Process

Admission to the BSN program is highly competitive. Prospective students should first view the School of Nursing virtual information session video for Nursing Intents to learn about the BSN program application process. The informational session is available online.

After viewing the information session video, students should contact the College of Health and Human Services Advising Office at 734.487.0918 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. Applications are reviewed and students are notified in June about their acceptance into the BSN program. Students start classes in the following Fall semester. The 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-prerequisite courses taken at EMU)


ATI TEAS Scores (5 points possible per category)


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 process for 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.

Important Notes

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 grading scale) in the pre-requisite courses is required.

  • 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. The minimum scores needed to earn points for EMU’s BSN application are:
    • Subtest Reading: 69% or better
    • Subtest Math: 63% or better
    • Subtest Science: 46% or better
    • Subtest English: 60% or better

Recommended | NURS 110 - Introduction to Professional Nursing  is recommended and provides 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 or university; however, the School of Nursing 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.

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

Program Requirements

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 of Nursing 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 - The Art and Science of Nursing I  (exceptions to this policy must be approved by the school director).

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.

Other Program Requirements

  • Prior to taking the 300-level nursing courses, students must complete the following courses, or their equivalent, with a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale): DTC 203  and (  or CLSC 432 )
  • 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).

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements, see General Education  or print a worksheet .  

60 Hour Waiver

The University requirement that students may not earn “more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix),” is waived for students in this major. 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.