Feb 19, 2020  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Academic Catalog | Expires Aug. 2018 

Nursing-Basic Program (B.S.N.)

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Basic Nursing Program

Degree Requirements

In order to achieve the above purposes, the Department of Nursing offers an interdisciplinary major of which a minimum of 57 credits are from nursing courses (NURS). The credits of the major contribute to the 124 credits required for graduation. The remaining credits are fulfilled by courses from general education, natural and behavioral sciences and electives.

Credit by examination is available for selected non-nursing requirements. Transfer credit in nursing and/or waiver of requirements are considered on an individual basis by the department.

Admission Process for Basic Students

Students should apply to the BSN Nursing Program when they anticipate completion of required prerequisite courses prior to the fall or winter selection. All required prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better; only one required prerequisite course may be repeated, and that course may only be repeated one time. All required prerequisite courses will be completed or in progress during the application process with the exception of either statistics or microbiology. Either, but not both, may be taken concurrently with the courses during the student’s first semester after admission. All required prerequisite courses in progress during the application process must be completed with a “C” or better, meeting minimum GPA and all other selection criteria, prior to enrollment in nursing courses. Applications must be submitted in their entirety, and are due October 15 for winter selection or April 20 for fall selection. Only complete applications, submitted by the deadline, will be considered. Students admitted to the BSN Nursing Program will be chosen by a selection committee using current selection criteria. 


Eligibility will be based upon grade point average. To be eligible for consideration, a student must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and a 2.50 required prerequisite courses GPA. In computation of the cumulative GPA, all retake grades will be calculated. In computation of the prerequisite courses GPA, only one retake grade will be calculated.


Application to the program and admission into NURS courses.

  1. Eligible students will be interviewed and will complete a writing sample. Scores from the interview and writing sample will be calculated as part of the ranking for selection.
  2. For ranking in the selection process, calculation of the math/science GPA will be done using only one repeat grade.
  3. Other considerations for selection include:  Number of credits successfully completed at SVSU



Freshman Admission

A limited number of students will be accepted each year as freshmen. To be eligible for consideration as a freshman admit, students must have a high school GPA of 3.5, an ACT score of 26, and be recommended on interview. If selected, these students will automatically begin the nursing courses upon completion of prerequisite courses if they maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students will be considered with the regular applicant pool if they do not maintain this GPA. Students need to submit a plan of study with the Nursing Department Chair.

Pre-nursing Courses (completed or in progress during the application process)

Available from the Dean’s office are recommendations regarding General Education and course sequencing.


Either Statistics or Microbiology (not both) may be taken with the NURS courses during the first semester after admission.

Required Electives (minimum of 4 credits)

  • Two upper division, non-required courses

Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is used as part of the overall education and evaluation of students in the BSN program. The tests and materials are supported by student fees assigned to specific courses and are incorporated into the learning and testing experience. To practice as a registered nurse in any state, graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. SVSU’s program assists students to prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination through a variety of teaching-learning methods, including standardized testing.

Eligibility for Nursing Licensure

Students should be aware that the State Board of Nursing reviews the records of all graduates who have completed a nursing program to determine eligibility to write the State Board of Nursing Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses. The State Board of Nursing retains the right to deny a graduate permission to write the licensure examinations if the individual has been convicted of a felony.

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