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Nursing (BSN)


SVSU's Nursing program is where compassion meets proficiency as students learn how to provide diligent care and encouragement to their patients, families and community. Students in the major grow together as an academic cohort while experiencing a rigorous nursing curriculum through simulation labs, clinical experience, internships and course work. Led by esteemed faculty in state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, students build up their skillset by applying nursing care to a wide variety of high fidelity mannequins. Coupled with new professional connections and a desire to learn, both in and out of the classroom, students are provided with the necessary relationship, communication and advocacy tools to better serve them and others in their future careers. As a cardinal, students will inspire the patients and families within their care all while growing within the embrace of the community that they serve. 

Cardinal Points

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Saginaw Valley State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

  • SVSU has a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory and it's one of only four accredited Simulation Centers in Michigan by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

  • SVSU has one of the largest pre-licensure nursing programs in Michigan, which makes the nursing admission process competitive for well-qualified candidates.

  • The program has mentors and tutors available to help students make the transition as professional nursing students during the nursing program. 

SVSU’s Nursing program builds on a strong foundation in chemistry, biology and statistics with an emphasis on higher level nursing courses after the second year. Students will also experience clinical and integration courses to teach them how to build upon their knowledge and skills in real-world settings. In later semesters, simulation is integrated into the topics covered each week to give students the opportunity to practice their nursing skills in a safe environment and on a wide variety of high fidelity mannequins.

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Our Students After Graduation...


Children's Hospital of Michigan
Covenant HealthCare
Spectrum Health
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
McLaren Health Care
MidMichigan Health
VA Medical Center
U of M Hospital
Munson Medical Center
Public Health Departments
Home Care Agencies

Graduate Programs

Saginaw Valley State University

Career Opportunities

Home Health Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Nurse Associate
Mental Health Nurse
Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Emergency Department Nurse

  • 12% projected growth for the employment of a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $71,730 is the median yearly pay for a registered nurse in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Nursing program, students are prepared to work as registered nurses in a variety of environments such as hospitals, clinics, health agencies, educational institutions, senior centers, mental health facilities, home health agencies, public health departments and more. They can also attend graduate school to be advanced practice registered nurses such as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators and nurse administrators. 

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how SVSU students have turned their education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Heather Harvey Nursing Alum

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Haley Ludviksen Nursing Major

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.