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RN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions

The nursing courses may be completed in as few as four semesters; however, you may take longer if that works better for your schedule. You will also have to complete any remaining general education and graduation requirements in addition to your RN to BSN program requirements.


You may apply to the RN to BSN program after you get a Michigan Registered Nurse license. This process may take several months. First, you need to complete the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) Certification Program. For more information about the CGFSN Certification Program, visit www.cgfns.org.

For more information and guidance regarding the CGFNS Certificate Program and applying for a Michigan registered nurse license through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) contact Monika Sciba in the College of Health & Human Services at msciba@svsu.edu


Please complete a Student Data Change form and submit a copy of your marriage, divorce or other legal name change documents. This form is available from the Registrar’s Office here: http://www.svsu.edu/officeoftheregistrar/servicesforms/ You may complete the form electronically email it to registrar@svsu.edu with your legal documentation attached or print and mail the completed form and documentation to the SVSU Registrar’s Office at 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710.

In addition to name and address changes, you can also ask to have your SVSU email address changed so that it matches your new name by completing the “Technology Username/Access ID Change Information” section of the Student Data Change Form.


SVSU’s RN to BSN program uses an innovative approach to clinical education. We will provide you with knowledge and skills for both community health and leadership clinical experiences. These experiences consist of online simulation, a leadership experience in an agency of your choice, and development of a quality improvement project. Our teaching methods have been designed to provide you with flexibility so that you can successfully balance your school, work and life responsibilities.


Costs vary depending upon your individualized academic plan. We will work with you to ensure that you do not take any courses you do not need. We have a deferred payment plan for your nursing courses which allows you time to secure tuition reimbursement if your employer offers that benefit.


Students need to have an associate’s degree GPA of 2.5 or higher, a statistics course with a grade of “C” or better, and a current Michigan RN license.


BSN prepared nurses use data associated with evidence-based practice as an important part of clinical decision making. Statistics is an essential tool to help with this process.


Chemistry is NOT a requirement of the RN to BSN program, but it is a prerequisite for the graduate family nurse practitioner program (MSN-FNP). Talk to our RN to BSN advisor about your future plans. Sometimes, RNs take chemistry during their RN to BSN program to prepare them for graduate study later on.


Regardless of how long you have been out of school, your credits do not expire. Before you apply to SVSU, your RN to BSN advisor can help you determine how many credits you will need in order to graduate. If you would like to have your transcript reviewed by our RN to BSN advisor, please send them by email to dkgibson@svsu.edu or by fax to (989)964-4024 ATTN: Deb Gibson.


The Writing Center assists students at SVSU at any stage in the writing process: they can help you brainstorm ideas, organize content, integrate research, correctly document sources, or polish a final draft. This can be done in person or online.


We offer academic and student support services for almost everything you will encounter on your BSN journey. Let your RN to BSN advisor know what is worrying you whether it is using the computer or writing papers or taking statistics or finding scholarships. She will point you in the right direction to receive help at no additional cost to you.


For an RN to MSN degree, you do not earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. You still need to meet all of the RN to BSN program requirements. The difference is you need fewer credits from general education. If you want to become a family nurse practitioner, you will need your bachelor’s degree in nursing.