ACCESS to Education
Scholastic Support for Future Spartan Nurses
Are you Interested in a Career in Nursing? Nurses help people in many different ways and settings. In pediatrics, critical care, geriatrics, and many other specialties, nurses practice in a variety of places including hospitals, clinics, offices, schools, the military and health departments.
In addition to practice, nurses influence healthcare as clinical researchers, teachers, administrators, and in many other roles. As a nurse, you can make a real difference in the lives of people in your city, state, country-or anywhere in the world.
Today, nurses have more opportunities than ever before. And so can you.
A Program to Help you Succeed
Preparing for a career in nursing requires a strong commitment to your academic studies in high school and college. The ACCESS Program helps motivated students prepare academically by providing financial and educational support to help you earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and to help you pass the licensing exam to become a registered nurse. If you are admitted to MSU as a pre-nursing student and qualify* for the ACCESS Program, you will be eligible for the following resources and support:
- Participation in a summer "transition to college" program
- Biweekly networking and academic support enrichment sessions
- Tutoring for prerequisite and nursing courses
- Eligibility for stipends
- Enrollment in the nursing program**
- Assessment and preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam
"Participating in the ACCESS program has been one of the best decisions that I could have made in my life, as it has helped me in a tremendous way. From the beginning, I realized that I was given the opportunity to have a family away from home. My transition was smoother than I would have expected because of the tutoring resources, financial support, student peers, and personal advising. It was easier to adjust because of the accessibility to faculty mentors and the various resources that serve as a support system. This program truly helps students excel academically, financially, socially, and personally. With sincere empathy and the desire to care for others in need, I am poised to help make a difference in the healthcare profession."
- Tia Sharp, CON BSN '14
Recent ACCESS graduate, Sarai Garcia’s MSU story was one that almost didn’t happen. But Garcia—a southern Texas native and first-generation college student—has learned what it means to persevere. It was something she learned early on, as her parents began migrating seasonally to work in a canning factory in Wisconsin when she was in fifth grade.
"The ACCESS Program really aims to increase the diversity in the nursing profession, and here at the College of Nursing, it helps students from minority backgrounds and low-income populations really get through the nursing program."
- Sarai Garcia, CON BSN '15
"Funding support from the ACCESS Program impacted my decision to enter into the nursing profession and allowed me to experience the collegiate environment. The program gave me hope that I can make a difference through my college education and in the nursing profession. I am a first-generation college student who comes from a low-income family. I was always told I would never go to college, and now, thanks to the ACCESS Program at MSU, I am making a difference."
- Ronald Harris, CON BSN '16
Want to Learn More about the Nursing Profession?
We can work with your school to help interested students learn more about the nursing profession.
Contact us at (517) 432-1720.
*Students who are admitted to MSU to the pre-nursing major who are determined to be individuals from a disadvantaged background (economically or educationally) are eligible to apply to the ACCESS Program.
**Students are eligible to enroll in the nursing program if they are admitted to the ACCESS Program, participate fully in ACCESS Program activities, complete the requirements for admission to the nursing major as identified in the MSU Academic Program catalog and complete immunizations, pass a criminal background check, pass a drug screen and comply with other standards required of all nursing students by the College and/or clinical partners prior to enrollment in the clinical nursing courses.