AO BSN: Application Information and Instructions
The Accelerated Second Degree BSN Application is due December 1 of each year. The program begins in mid-May each summer.
Michigan State University Application Materials
Candidates must apply to the University. The University application is available online at admissions.msu.edu. There is a non-refundable $65.00 fee for domestic and international applicants. For more information, refer to the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships website. The University application must be submitted online.
Candidates who have not applied to MSU previously:
Submit an Application for Undergraduate Admission to MSU
To apply to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program:
- Submit an Application as an undergraduate transfer student
- Select Major Code 4023
- Select summer semester start
Candidates who are returning MSU students:
Applicants should proceed with submission of the supplemental nursing application. Students who have not been registered at the University for three consecutive semesters (counting Summer) must submit a readmission application to the University. There is no charge. The application should be submitted to the Registrar's Office.
College of Nursing Application Materials
College of Nursing Application
The College of Nursing supplemental nursing application must be submitted directly to the MSU College of Nursing at:
Michigan State University
College of Nursing
Accelerated Second Degree Program
Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research
1355 Bogue St., Room C-120
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1317
Official transcripts from all postsecondary education institutions attended should be sent directly to:
Michigan State University
Office of Admissions
426 Auditorium Rd., Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824-0590
Two references are required for consideration of admission to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program. The reference forms should be completed by a person in an educational, administrative, professional, or volunteer capacity who has worked closely with you within the past five years. Reference writers must answer all of the questions and complete the ranking box. Reference writers may submit a letter if they choose, although not required. Do not submit more than two reference forms.
Candidates should collect the reference form from the person completing it on their behalf and submit it with their application. The person completing the reference form should seal the form in an envelope and place their signature across the seal. Reference forms can be found here and should be returned with your complete application to the College of Nursing at the address provided.
The reference should not be from a friend or peer-coworker.
A brief essay should be included responding to the statements below. This essay should be no longer than three double-spaced pages on 8½” x 11” paper. Please utilize the headings below throughout your essay to clearly identify the information provided.
- What do you believe are the role(s) of a nurse in today's healthcare environment(s)? And how do you see yourself embodying those roles?
- Why are you ready and able to study in an accelerated program versus a traditional (slower-paced) nursing program?
- Tell us about your personal characteristics that you believe will enhance your ability to be successful in an accelerated program.
- Tell us about your previous life/work experiences that you believe will enhance your ability to be successful in an accelerated program.
- Given that this program requires you to attend class two days a week and clinical three days a week, plus time outside of class for lab and study time, reflect on your current life situation and work demands. Share with the admissions committee your plan for managing these competing time demands.
A resume or curriculum vitae outlining the candidate’s varied experiences to date should be submitted to provide the program admissions committee additional background information.
Statement on Background Checks and Drug Screens
The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) guidelines have resulted in many practice sites opting to require background checks for nursing students working in clinical settings. Additionally, many clinical, non-JCAHO accredited sites affiliated with the university for educational purposes have adopted this requirement and also require drug screens. The clinical programs of Michigan State University College of Nursing require students to participate in the care of patients in various health care settings. Accordingly, passing a criminal background check and drug screen is a condition for participation in the clinical component of all Nursing (graduate and undergraduate) programs.
Admission Packet Checklist
A complete application packet to the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program will include the following items/completed tasks:
- An Undergraduate Application for Admission submitted to MSU
- The College of Nursing Supplemental Application for the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program
- Official transcripts for each institution of post-secondary education attended
- Two completed reference forms
- Professional resume or curriculum vitae
Only completed applications received by the December 1st deadline will be reviewed for admission consideration.