Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) Department of Nursing

Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) Department of Nursing offers CCNE accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), RN-BSN, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs as well as Family Nurse Practitioner, Educator, Administrator, and Clinical Nurse Leader nursing programs. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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Saginaw Valley State University, a public institution, was founded in 1963.

In 1975, the BSN program was approved for development by the Michigan State Board of Education and the Michigan State Board for Nursing in 1976. In 1988, the first class in the MSN program was admitted. Then, in 1996, the FNP track was added, followed by the Clinical Nurse Leader track in 2006. In 2012, the DNP program was offered as the first and only doctoral program at the university.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The basic BSN program begins with typically three to four semesters of general education and pre-nursing courses. Once in the final semester of pre-nursing courses, the student is eligible to apply to the nursing program. After acceptance, the student can complete the nursing program courses in two and a half years.

Admission Process (not all inclusive)

  • Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better
  • 2.80 cumulative GPA and a 2.80 GPA in required math/science nursing prerequisite courses
  • To be eligible for consideration as a freshman admit, students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or better, an ACT score of 26 or better, SAT score of 1240 or better, and be recommended based on an interview and timed essay


The ADN to BSN Concurrent program is designed for students enrolled in the Nursing (ADN)-Associate in Applied Science (AAS) course at a partnership community college and are currently taking SVSU RN to BSN courses concurrently. This process saves time for the student who will be completing the ADN portion while starting to take credits towards the BSN portion of the nursing degree. The student will go on to complete their BSN from SVSU in additional semesters.


This program is designed for the Registered Nurse student that has graduated from a state approved school of nursing and currently holds an RN license in the state of Michigan.

Admission (not all inclusive)

  • Michigan RN license
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Transfer credits are considered in this process


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN is offered as a hybrid program combining in-class time with online course time and usually a part-time (6-7 credits per semester) program.


Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

Nurse Administrator

Nurse Educator

The program is an advanced degree that prepares the nurse to practice in a variety of settings. The MSN degree is awarded at the end of year three. Then, the nurse has the option to take the FNP certification exam and begin practicing as an FNP.

There are two examinations available for certification as an FNP: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.


This offers the student the opportunity to be admitted to the MSN program without a BSN. This option is limited to specialty areas of Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator and Clinical Nurse Leader programs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • BSN from an accredited college or University
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Employed as an RN with a current Michigan license
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Detailed resume or CV with current job title and description, employment history, education, scholarship, service and professional involvement
  • Three Graduate recommendations
  • College chemistry with grade of 'C' or higher, 3 credit course, general, organic or biochemistry
  • College statistics course with grade of 'B' or higher equivalent to approved SVSU courses
  • Essay goal statement
  • Interview for successfully screened applicants


The MSN to DNP program is available to any RN who holds a university accredited MSN degree.

For a DNP degree, students must submit a practice application-oriented final DNP project rather than a dissertation. All coursework is completed online excluding each fall and winter semesters only one or two Saturday seminars are required. The program is able to be completed in three years or longer if coursework is spread out for a lighter load each semester.

Post-Grad Certificates

Family Nurse Practitioner

This program is provided in hybrid format for non-clinical courses and is designed for nurses who already have a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited program in another concentration, such as nurse educator, nurse administrator, or Clinical Nurse Leader. This certificate consists of 37 credits taken over 2.5 to 3 years. A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at SVSU to be awarded the Post-Graduate Certificate.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • MSN from accredited program
  • Current Michigan RN license
  • College chemistry with grade of 'C' or higher, 3 credit course, general, organic, or biochemistry

Nursing Administration / Nursing Education

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Administration and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education are hybrid courses that are for nurses that already hold a graduate degree in nursing in another concentration, such as nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or Clinical Nurse Leader. There are 24 credits required for the certificates taken over 1.5 or 2 years. Some of the required courses may be waived, depending on previous course work completed, however, a minimum of 15 credits must be taken at SVSU to be awarded the Post-Graduate Certificates in both disciplines.

Admission Requirements: Nursing Administration / Nursing Education (not all inclusive)

  • MSN from an accredited program
  • Current Michigan RN License

Accreditation and Approval

Saginaw Valley State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master's degree in nursing, and the DNP degree.

The nursing program is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing of the Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services.


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US News & World Report (2020)

  • #128-#165 in Regional Universities Midwest
  • #199-252 in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #143-182 in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice


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