RN to BSN: Application Information and Instructions
The College of Nursing admits on a rolling basis for the BSN for Registered Nurses program. The semester you are eligible to start is determined by your individual program plan. MSU has three semester starts: Fall (late August), Spring (January) and Summer (May).
Michigan State University Application Materials
Candidates must apply to the University. The University application is available online at www.admissions.msu.edu. There is a non-refundable $65 application fee. For more information, please refer to the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships. The University application must be submitted online.
Candidates who have not applied to MSU previously:
Submit an Application for Undergraduate Admission to MSU
- Submit an application as an undergraduate Transfer Student
- Select Major Code 4015 for first bachelors degree or 4029 for second bachelors degree
- Select your anticipated semester start (Fall, Spring or Summer)
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
ATTN: RN to BSN Advisor
Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research
1355 Bogue St., Room #C120
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 RN to BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 questions and complete the ranking box to the best of their ability. Reference writers may submit a letter if they choose, although it is not required. Reference forms are enclosed with the College of Nursing supplemental application and should be returned to the College of Nursing at the address provided.
Candidates should collect the reference form from the person completing it on their behalf and submit them with their application. The person completing the reference form should seal the form in an envelope and place their signature across the seal.The recommendation should not be from a friend or peer-coworker.
College of Nursing Statement of Purpose
A brief essay should be included responding to the statements below. This essay should be no longer than two double-spaced pages on 8½” x 11” paper. Please utilize the headings below throughout your essay to clearly identify the information provided.
- The candidate’s interest in the RN to BSN nursing program at Michigan State University.
- The candidate’s characteristics, experiences, abilities, and plan that will enhance their ability to succeed in a RN to BSN program.
- Any additional information the admissions committee should consider on the candidate’s behalf.
A resume outlining the candidate’s varied experiences to date should be submitted to provide the program admissions committee additional background information.
Proof of an RN license free from restrictions or limitations. Please mail a copy of your license to the College of Nursing at the above address along with your supplemental application. License will be verified through public access sites such as Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs>Verify a License for Health Professionals.
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 RN to BSN program will include the following items/completed tasks:
- An Undergraduate Application for Admission submitted to MSU
- New undergraduate transfer application
- Readmission application to the Registrar’s Office for returning students
- The College of Nursing supplemental application for the RN to BSN program
- Official transcripts for each institution of post-secondary education attended sent directly to the MSU Office of Admissions
- Professional resume
- Two completed reference forms
Only completed applications will be reviewed for consideration of admission.