Nursing B.S.N. Frequently Asked Questions
What are pre-nursing informational sessions?
- Nursing faculty members conduct 1½ hour informational sessions to answer students’ questions about the nursing program as well as the nursing program application and admission process. No registration is required. Multiple pre-nursing informational sessions are offered each fall and winter semester on different days and at different times to accommodate students’ schedules.
- Pre-nursing informational sessions are available for current pre-nursing students, transfer students and applicant students (students whose nursing prerequisite courses are complete or will be complete at the end of the semester and who are ready to apply to the nursing program). Meeting dates and times are posted on the Nursing Department’s web site.
- To access the Nursing Department web site at www.svsu.edu, click on “A-Z Index,” click on “N,” click on “Nursing, Department of."
How long does it take to complete SVSU’s nursing program?
- It usually takes a student 4 to 4 ½ years. Students complete 1 1/2 to 2 years of prerequisite nursing courses and 2 1/2 years of professional nursing courses.
Does SVSU’s nursing program have a wait list?
- No, SVSU does not have a wait list. SVSU has competitive admission to the nursing program.
How many students apply to the nursing program and how many are admitted?
- SVSU is approved by the State of Michigan to accept up to 64 students each fall semester and up to 64 students each winter semester. The number of applicants varies each semester. Recently, 150-175 students have applied each semester.
What is the average GPA of students being admitted to the Basic Nursing Program?
- The nursing program at SVSU is very selective. While the catalog states that an applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the science/math nursing prerequisites and an overall GPA of 2.5 to apply, scores in that range have not been competitive the last several years. While we do not know what any group of applicants will be like, to help you determine if your application is competitive, the average GPA in science/math nursing prerequisites as well as the average overall GPA was approximately 3.4 over the last several years. As stated in the SVSU catalog, the other factors in determining admission are communication (written and oral - interview and writing sample for students who do not have SVSU scores for written communication) and number of credits completed at SVSU.
When are the deadlines to apply?
- Students must apply by April 20th for fall admission and October 15th for winter admission.
Do all the prerequisite nursing courses have to be completed by the deadline date?
- No, nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the time a student enters the nursing program and not by the deadline date. For example, if a student applies by April 20th for fall admission, they may finish winter semester courses and take spring or summer courses if needed. If a student applies October 15th, they may finish fall semester courses. Applications are scored based on prerequisite nursing courses that are COMPLETED by the deadline date, and students are admitted pending courses in progress do not negatively affect GPAs. The more courses a student has completed and the higher their GPA, the higher their score will be. Priority is given to students who have all nursing prerequisite courses completed by the end of the semester in which they are applying.
Do all ten categories of SVSU’s general education requirements need to be completed before I apply to the nursing program?
- No, only nursing prerequisite courses must be completed which include specific courses in general education categories three, four, six, seven, nine and ten. The remaining general education requirements must be completed by graduation.
May I repeat a required nursing prerequisite course?
- Yes, but only one required nursing prerequisite course may be repeated, and it may be repeated only once.
Is a C minus (“C-”) grade acceptable for a required nursing prerequisite course?
- No, all required nursing prerequisite courses must have a grade of “C” (2.0) or better to be eligible to apply to the nursing program.
May I take Physiology and Anatomy I at my local community college and Physiology and Anatomy II at SVSU?
- No, you must take both Physiology and Anatomy I and II at the same institution whether you take them at SVSU or at another institution. If you take them at another institution, you will need to petition the SVSU nursing department chair for approval.
How do I apply to the nursing program?
- Selection involves a two part process. First, students visit the SVSU nursing department web site at www.svsu.edu to access the nursing program application. Click on “A-Z Index,” click on “N,” click on “Nursing, Department of,” click on “Apply to Nursing” using the red “Access” buttons to download an application. Submit the completed application to the Nursing Faculty Secretary on the second floor of the Health and Human Services building in H 230 on or before the deadline date. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via your SVSU email account whether your GPA is competitive based on the current applicant pool enabling you to move to the interview round.
What can I expect in the interview and writing test?
- The interview is conducted by nursing faculty members. The writing test consists of one open-ended critical thinking question which a student must answer during a specified time frame. Students are permitted one hour to complete the writing test.
Do I need references or volunteer experience?
- References or volunteer experiences are not needed. Students do not receive “extra points” for their references or volunteer experiences; however, having volunteer experience may provide you with information to draw upon in the interview and /or clinical situations.
How will I be notified if I have been accepted to the nursing program?
- Students will be notified through their SVSU email account of application decisions.
What happens if a student is not accepted into the nursing program?
- Students may reapply the next semester for a total of three times.
What if I am a transfer student? How does my application compete with SVSU students?
- All applicants, whether they are current SVSU students or transfer students, compete on the same level; however, current SVSU students are given extra points on their application based on the number of credits completed at SVSU.
If I am currently completing courses at another university or community college, how do I find out how my credits transfer to SVSU?
- Students can look up transfer equivalencies for most community colleges in Michigan on the SVSU web site. From our home page at www.svsu.edu, click on Apply, click on Transfer.
- Students may contact SVSU’s Admissions Office at 989-964-4200 to schedule an appointment to discuss transfer credits or apply to SVSU and send official transcripts to SVSU for evaluation.
May I take nursing courses during spring and/or summer semester to complete my degree sooner?
- No, nursing courses are offered during the fall and winter semesters only, with the exception of the Spring/summer prior to graduating. An internship is required.
What is SNA (Student Nurses Association)?
- SVSU students who have declared a pre-nursing major will receive information about Student Nurses Association (SNA) events via their SVSU email accounts. Pre-nursing students are encouraged to join SNA and become involved in this organization.
How can I get more information or answers to my questions?
- You may email email@example.com if you have additional questions. Nursing faculty members monitor the Nursing Department email account daily.
- Walk-in Advising is available at multiple times. Please visit the Nursing Department website at www.svsu.edu/nursing for a list of advising days and times.
Rev. 8-4-11 mbs