SVSU is approved by the State of Michigan to accept up to 96 students each fall semester and up to 96 students each winter semester. The number of applicants varies each semester. Recently, 120-170 students have applied each semester.
The nursing program at SVSU is selective. While the catalog states that an applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 in the science/math nursing prerequisites and an overall GPA of 2.8 to apply, scores in that range may not be competitive depending on the applicant pool. 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.
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 in April for fall admission, they may finish winter semester courses and take spring or summer courses if needed. If a student applies in October, 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 higher their GPA, the higher their score will be.
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.
Yes, students may repeat three required prerequisite courses and two of those courses can be from the required science prerequisites. No required prerequisite courses can be repeated more than once. In computation of the GPA for nursing required perequisite courses, only one retake grade will be calculated. We strongly suggest that you meet with the Health and Human Services Academic Advisor to discuss repeats prior to taking them. You may schedule an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 blue “Apply to Nursing”. You click on the "Apply to Nursing button again using the red “Access” button. Read all of the instructions on the page and when you are ready click on the link at the bottom of the page to start your online applicaiton. 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 background check.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, based on a competitive admission process, a limited number of first semester freshman students will be accepted into the nursing program. To be eligible for consideration as a freshman admit, students must have applied to SVSU with a declared pre-nursing major, have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or better and an ACT score of 26 or better or an SAT score of 1200 or better.
Qualified students will automatically begin professional nursing courses the semester after they complete their nursing prerequisite courses (no wait list), based on maintaining a cumulative college GPA of 3.3 or better.
Qualified first semester freshman pre-nursing students will be sent an invitation via postal mail from the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services to participate in the Freshman Admission to Nursing Program.