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. Students Schools Scholarships

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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/MBA dual degree

RN-MSN Online Degrees

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


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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Rankings and Accolades

US News & World Report (2019)

  • #53 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
  • #32 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #32 in Best Value Schools

NICHE (2019)

  • Best Christian Colleges in America #163
  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #270
  • Best Small Colleges in America #386
  • Best College Campuses in America #476
  • Top Private Universities in America #484
  • Best Colleges in America #794
  • Best Value Colleges in America #798
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #1,124
  • Best College Dorms in Michigan #2
  • Best Christian Colleges in Michigan #7
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Michigan #10
  • Best Small Colleges in Michigan #11
  • Top Private Universities in Michigan #13
  • Best College Campuses in Michigan #19
  • Best Value Colleges in Michigan #23
  • Best Colleges in Michigan #23
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan #26

SAU was ranked #17 in the list, "50 Best Christian Graduate Schools Online," by Online Christian Colleges in 2018.

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

SAU was ranked #60 in College Consensus' nationwide list of Best Christian Colleges and Universities in 2018.

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

The Economist ranked SAU No. 1 in long-term economic value among Christian universities in the region and No. 2 among all universities (public and private) in Michigan (2018).

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education recognized Spring Arbor University in their 2017 College Rankings.

Christian Universities Online ranked SAU #18 in their list, 50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities of 2017, and #10 in their 2017 list of Top Online Christian Graduate Schools".

SAU was ranked #17 in "2017 Rankings of Best Michigan Colleges" by CollegeChoice.net.

SAU was ranked #9 in Zippia’s list of "10 Best Colleges for Nursing Majors in Michigan" in 2017.


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.

Spring Arbor University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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