Spring Arbor University School of Human Services

Spring Arbor University, a private evangelical Christian university founded in 1873, is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and home to traditional undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

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  • On Campus
  • Private
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN, NP
  • Location Spring Arbor, MI
  • Telephone 1-844-621-0900
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At Spring Arbor University, there are four graduate programs available along with faculty members who care deeply about their students' academic and spiritual development.

Though the main campus is in Spring Arbor, Michigan, there are campuses in Michigan and in Ohio.

Academic Programs Available

MSN Online Degrees

●      MSN/NP (Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care)

●      MSN/Education

●      MSN/MBA dual degree

RN-MSN Online Degrees

●      RN-MSN/NP (Family Nurse Practitioner & Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care)

●      RN-MSN/Education

●      RN-MSN/MBA dual degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

●      RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

RN-MSN Nurse Practitioner

The CCNE accredited online RN-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Practitioner program allows the RN the opportunity to enter two specialty areas.

2 Program Tracks

●      Family Nurse Practitioner:  The Family Nurse Practitioner program assists students in achieving the knowledge and skills to treat patients across the lifespan.

●      Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner:  As an RN to nurse practitioner online program, students at SAU receive the opportunity to care for adolescents, adults and the elderly.


Program Overview

The MSN in Nursing Education offers flexible online courses that have no mandatory login times. Therefore, taking one course that lasts seven weeks keeps the work attainable for the busy nurse. There is an optional residency in Michigan, but no travel is required to complete this program. The option to complete clinicals in your area is available.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • BSN accredited program by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Official transcripts from previous education
  • 3.0 GPA from the most recent 60 academic credits
  • Unrestricted/unencumbered, current nursing license
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A two-page goal statement


Program Overview

Nurses who attend SAU’s RN-MSN/MBA dual degree program must hold an RN from an accredited nursing program. The RN-MSN/MBA program helps the nurse take clinical knowledge to the administrative side to become a leader within the complex healthcare community system.

RN-MSN/MBA dual-degree program concentrations include:

  1. Health Care Administration
  2. Human Resource Development
  3. Management
  4. Organizational Consulting
  5. Strategic Leadership

Admissions Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure
  • Official transcripts from previous institutions of education
  • 3.0 GPA from the most recent 60 academic credits
  • Unrestricted/unencumbered RN license
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A two-page goal statement

RN-BSN Online Degree

The RN-BSN is offered in a blended format, both on site and online, and is flexible for the working nurse; completed in about 20 months.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • 58 transferable semester hours
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 for prior college work
  • At least one year RN experience
  • Associate or diploma from a National League for Nursing (NLN) accredited school
  • Unrestricted/unencumbered RN license

"Do I have to be a full-time student to take an online course?"

There is part-time availability. Many courses are open to on-campus students, guest students, and those that are dual-enrolled.

"How many SAU Online courses may I take?"

Students wishing to take more than six semester hours must enroll in a degree program or decide to be admitted as a part-time enrollee. Right now, there is currently no limit to the number of courses a student may take online. There are advisors available for students who can assist in signing the student up for classes.

Awards and Recognition

The article “50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2016” from Christian Universities online ranked SAU as the fifth best value nationwide and second best in the Midwest.

SAU was named by Collegesofdistinction.com a College of Distinction for its engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.

Best Value Schools ranked No. 5 in Top 20 Online MSN Programs 2015.

Jenzebar has honored SAU with their outstanding customer partnership award for innovative solutions for higher education.

SAU ranked #8 in their list of the 30 Best Online Christian Colleges in the U.S. 2015 by Online Christian Colleges.

US News & World Report 2017 Rankings

#63 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest

#19 in Best Value Schools


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Spring Arbor University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.

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  1. Anonymous
    Dec 18, '17, 11:11 pm by
    Overall: 4.8 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: On Campus, N/A
    Graduation: 2010

    My Experience

    Attended the satellite school in Lambertville MI. One night, four hours a week, six or it might of been seven weeks for each individual class with one week break in between. Classes were a cohort. Free Methodist school so papers required for assignments could reflect one's own spirituality and beliefs. No tests, no clinical. Every week numerous APA format papers. Requirement was that one had to be an RN for two years. I attended, I learned, I graduated. There was a beginning and an end, no "sorry we threw in a basket weaving crap class." I had met all my college prerequisites except for speech so I took that class on three eight hour consecutive Friday and Saturdays. I think this location is closed but I believe the satellite school is renting space at Owens Technical College in Ohio.

    About The Staff

    Very friendly, like family. First name basis, not a number. Financial aid was handled through the main University at Spring Arbor. Books were included in tuition and tuition was locked in as long as you did not drop a semester. Instructors were knowledgeable, class instruction (more like interesting conversation) encouraged differing opinions, critical thinking, and the incorporation of varied clinical experiences.

    Things To Know

    Age of nurses in my class ranged from 24 to 62 years with 2 to 29 years nursing experience.

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