Nursing, BSN

The Nursing program prepares you for a fulfilling and challenging nursing career. As a student, you will become a socially conscious nurse who will be able to contribute leadership and clinical skills in a variety of settings. Students will advance their understanding of the nursing profession and expand their leadership potential in the areas of management and health education within the community while studying under this program.

This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the State of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review the requirements of that state via that Board of Nursing link below.

State Requirements Degree Requirements

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Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the Nursing program, you will be able to support individuals, families and communities as an advocate while synthesizing knowledge from the liberal arts, applied sciences and current research in the delivery of nursing care. You’ll develop a commitment to community involvement and leadership within that community while being able to evaluate communication techniques, and advocate for culturally diverse healthcare practices.


Nursing, Various Opportunities in Hospital and Community Settings

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First-time college students can begin traditional nursing studies after they complete their pre-nursing requirements and are accepted into the School of Nursing. The nursing program will require three years to complete with a minimum of 123 credit hours.

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The Rochester University-School of Nursing (RU-SON) is pleased to offer freshman acceptance to qualified high school seniors. Freshman acceptance assures admission to the nursing program upon completion of prerequisite courses for the nursing major. Prerequisite courses must be completed within two years of initial enrollment to Rochester University. The criteria for freshman admission to the RU-SON are as follows:

  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.4 on 4.0 scale.
  • Successful completion (grade of B- or higher) of one year of biology, chemistry and algebra.
  • ACT composite score greater than or equal to 25 or SAT score of 1200.
  • Enrollment at Rochester University following high school.


  • Priority will be given to students who apply before February 1.
  • Applications will remain open until all Direct Admit seats are filled. For details contact Admissions at
  • Each applicant will be interviewed by the RU SON.
  • Please submit a brief essay describing the extracurricular and work activities in which you have been involved that have contributed personally to you and/or the community. Indicate how you believe these experiences have prepared you for a career in nursing.

Upon direct admission, students will:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment at Rochester University.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses and be eligible for the nursing major within 2 years of initial enrollment.
  • Pass Rochester University (non-nursing) courses with a C or higher.
  • Pass RU-SON nursing courses (NUR) with a B- or higher.

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  • Application deadline for Fall entry into Rochester University School of Nursing is the last Friday in May. The complete application includes full acceptance to Rochester University and receipt of all transcripts by the application deadline. Personal information provided on the Rochester University application form may be considered for evaluation.
  • Rochester University School of Nursing applicants are evaluated on their potential for academic success and their ability to contribute to an enriching educational environment while in school. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in prerequisite coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in cumulative coursework.
  • Rochester University School of Nursing applicants will write a 500-1000 word essay highlighting the reasons why you want to attend the Rochester University School of Nursing.  Describe the skills, experiences, and personal attributes you have that will make you a Servant Leader within the field of nursing. Please submit your essay as a word document to Susan Griffin at  Be sure to include your name in the title of the document.
  • As part of the application review process, potential Rochester University School of Nursing candidates will be invited to an individualized face-to-face interview with nursing faculty. Qualifying applicants will be notified of their interview date and time.
  • Decisions regarding acceptance to Rochester University School of Nursing are made by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications that meet minimum requirements.

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Additional Costs for Nursing Students

  • ACE clinical placement (annual) $50
  • Drug Screen (annual) $25  – Can be done at PCP/may be covered by insurance
  • Michigan Background Check (annual) $10
  • Immunizations/titers (1st year if not up-to-date)  Cost Varies – Check with PCP/possible insurance coverage
    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hep B
    • TDaP every 10 years
  • Tb skin test (annual) Cost Varirs – Check with PC
  • Flu vaccine (annual) Free at RU Health Fair
  • Physical exam (1st year only) Cost Varies – May be covered by insurance at PCP
  • CPR certification (every 2 years) $70  – Must be Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider (HCP)
  • Uniform with RU logo (1st year only) $100-$120
  • Kaplan NCLEX test prep (every semester) $90
  • Skills Lab Kit (1st year only) $130
  • MDF secondary skills equipment (1st year only) Cost Varies – Includes stethoscope, BP cuff, hemostat/scissors, and penlight


Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor – Nursing

Director – School of Nursing & Associate Professor

Assistant Professor

Vice-President of Academic Affairs
Professor of Nursing

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Assistant Professor
Lab and Simulation Coordinator