This major is built off of an articulation agreement, a specialized agreement between a four-year university, in this case, Eastern Michigan University, and a community college. Faculty from both schools collaborated to design an agreement that facilitates the smooth transfer of course credit from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
This agreement is effective Fall 2021 - Summer 2024. Students have until Summer 2029 to graduate from Eastern Michigan University using this agreement.
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.
This degree program is available online. Please see online.emich.edu for additional information.
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.
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 Agreements - Nursing-Completion [BSN]
Online Education Eligibility
- The U.S. Federal Government limits the number of online courses international students may enroll in while living in the United States. For this reason, we cannot admit students on F1 visas to fully online programs. Please check with International Admissions to confirm eligibility before applying.
- All applicants, please review Online Education for Out-of-State Students to confirm you are eligible to enroll in an online program based in Michigan.
Please see the Student Business Services website for the course & program fees associated with this program.
A student’s eligibility to graduate from this major is determined by the following.
- Apply and granted admission to Eastern Michigan University (emich.edu/admissions).
- A completed associate degree, certificate, or adequate coursework. Students eligible to follow an articulation agreement typically transfer 60 credit hours to EMU. Eligible students who transferred in less than 60 credit hours had unique circumstances and were granted permission to follow the articulation agreement by the Director of Community College Relations (emich.edu/ccr).
Interested students should meet with their community college advisor for information on following the articulation agreement before transferring to EMU. After transferring to EMU, a student must consult with the Community College Relations Office to confirm eligibility.
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 an academic advisor 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:
- Pathophysiology (NURS 260 ) Waived for students who pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.
- Pharmacology (NURS 270 ) Waived for students who pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.
- Anatomy & Physiology (EXSC 201 /202 or BIO 251 /252 ) or satisfied by BIOL 236 or BIOL 237/BIOL 238 @ SC
- 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 BSN Completion Program. The application can be found in the 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 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 BSN Completion Program must also meet with an EMU Academic Advisor in addition to the above requirements (734.487.0918).
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).
General Education Requirements:
A student with a Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) endorsement on their transcript only needs to complete the General Education Application Requirements of
To use MTA, a student must have an official community college transcript, with the “MTA Satisfied” endorsement sent to EMU’s Admissions Office. The MTA may be completed after admission to EMU, however, students should inform their advisor or they may be advised to complete additional courses for the general education program.
Students who do not have “MTA Satisfied” on their community college transcript, will be required to satisfy EMU’s general education requirements as applied to transfer students. For specific General Education requirements, see General Education or view the General Education Worksheet [PDF] .
Major Requirements: 79-81 hours
All requirements must be met, as listed below. 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 six years of taking NURS 300W .
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.
Required Foundation Courses: 19-21 hours
Required Nursing Courses: 60 hours
Students who pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam will transfer nursing credit hours as a block of 44 credit hours, with 30 of those credits applying to major requirements. Any credit beyond 30 hrs will apply as general transfer credit and not count toward the major.
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 120 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 120 credit hours required to graduate.
Critical Graduation Information
This articulation agreement provides the following exceptions:
- Under this agreement, EMU will waive the 60-hour rule and require that a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed in EMU courses, with at least 15 hours in the program at the 300-level or above. Of the last 30 hours completed before graduating, a minimum of 10 credit hours must be in courses offered by EMU. A minimum of 120 credit hours, completed in-residence or accepted in transfer, is required for graduation.
- One GEKH course may be satisfied by NURS 128 Maternal-Child Nursing 1 (5 hrs) @ SC.
- One GEKS course may be satisfied by NURS 246 Maternal-Child Nursing 2 (5 hrs) @ SC.
- Students who pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam will receive a waiver for the following courses: DTC 203 , NURS 260 , and NURS 270 .
Students are required to satisfy all requirements listed below, not waived or modified above
Each undergraduate student will be responsible for fulfilling 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.
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 this catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 120 credit hours at the 100-level and above.
- Courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward this degree requirement.
- At most, eight credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses are counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below), including completing a Writing Intensive (GEWI) course in the student’s 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. A double major automatically satisfies the need for a minor unless one of the two majors requires a specific minor. Students should check the 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 over the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 120 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; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used to calculate an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses a student takes at EMU and those applied to their major or minor are used to calculate 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 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.
Effective Date: September 1, 2021 until August 31, 2024. This is a renewal of an agreement made in January 2002 and renewed in September 2006, September 2009, January 2013, and September 2017. This agreement is consistent with the 2021-2022 catalog. Students have until summer 2029 to graduate from Eastern Michigan University following this agreement. In the event that a student does not complete the program within seven years, they may be required to have their credits reevaluated using the requirements of the current articulation guide. All coursework for this degree must be completed within six years of taking NURS 300W course at EMU.