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SVSU Information Meetings for Students Applying to the Nursing Program


Friday, September 20th, 4pm

Friday, October 11th, 4pm

Friday, November 15th, 4pm

Thursday, December 12th, 4pm


Health and Human Services Buidling, 2nd floor, H-274


  • Course Petitions
  • Minimum GPAs
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  • How to Apply to the BSN Program
  • Transferring Courses to SVSU
  • What happens after you apply
  • Spring/Summer Courses
  • Questions and Answers

Winter 2020 BSN applications accepted
Monday, September 16 to Monday, October 21, 2019

SVSU Nursing Application



Thank you for your interest in the BSN program in the College of Health and Human Services at Saginaw Valley State University.  Below you will find important information about the application process.  Please read each document carefully before beginning to complete the application.  The link to access the nursing application is at the bottom of this page. 

  • Please carefully read the “Nursing Program Application Instructions” that follow.
  • A list of items may need to be attached to the on-line application in pdf format.  If needed, please make sure you have these items before you start the application.  If these are not attached to your application, we cannot process it.  The items are required only if you have taken courses at other colleges/universities.
  •  Be sure to complete the entire application packet. If your application is incomplete, we cannot process it. The entire application must be completed and submitted in one sitting. It cannot be saved to come back to later.

If you have questions regarding the nursing application or application process, please contact our Health & Human Services nursing advisor, Monika Sciba, at

If you have questions about your background check, immunizations or CPR certification please contact our Nursing Clinical Coordinator, Danielle Trombley, or by telephone (989) 964-2011.

Nursing Program Application Instructions

Dear SVSU Nursing Program Applicant:

In providing this application to you, the nursing faculty and I share your excitement about the possibility of you achieving the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Please be aware that you must apply and be admitted to SVSU before applying to the nursing program. The SVSU application is separate from the nursing program application and is available here:

Your nursing application, with attachments, must be submitted with the online application before Sunday, April 28, 2019. Decisions about the Fall 2019 nursing applications will be made by May 20, 2019. Winter 2019 semester grades must be submitted to the Nursing Department by Thursday, May 9, 2019 to confirm successful completion of the courses via email to 

The selection process will include a review of your academic credentials, overall GPA, math/science GPA of prerequisite nursing courses, and social sciences: General Psychology (PSYC 100), Introduction to Sociology (SOC 111), General Education Categories 9 - oral communication, and 10 -written communication courses. Eligible applicants will be notified via email to your SVSU email account and must complete a background check; instructions will be emailed to you.  

Required documents only if you have completed credits or have credits in progress at another institution:

1.  Current class schedule, whether you are taking classes at SVSU or another institution. 

2.  Transcript(s) (an unofficial copy is acceptable) from all colleges and/or universities ever attended other than SVSU.  The SVSU Registrar must have an official transcript on file. 

3.  If you SVSU degree audit does not reflect approved course substitutes, you must submit a copy of your signed course petition form(s).

              If you are transferring Anatomy & Physiology courses to SVSU, the courses must be petitioned. Use this link to access a petition form:

       Any prerequisite course taken at another university that does not have a direct equivalent at SVSU must be petitioned through the Nursing Department chairperson. You can use the SVSU transfer guides to see how your course transfers to SVSU.

       To petition a course: (1) Fill out petition form. (2) Include a course syllabus, if possible. If a syllabus is not available, include a course description from the University catalog where the course was completed. (3) Include a transcript verifying you have completed the course, or will complete the course, with a passing grade. (4) Email to Dr. Karen Brown-Fackler at

       If you have questions about petitions, contact Monika Sciba at 989-964-2732 or

We will communicate with all nursing program applicants through your SVSU email account. Please be sure to check your SVSU email account frequently and make sure your mailbox is not full, as this is the only means of communication that will be used.

Best wishes as you pursue your academic goals at SVSU,

Dr. Karen Brown-Fackler, EdD, RN, CNE - Nursing Department Chair

Following is a list of requirements students must meet when they are admitted to the nursing program. Please read this carefully so that if you are admitted you will be able to comply with these requirements.


It is critical that all candidates for a nursing degree possess certain fundamental skills and abilities. A person qualified for the nursing program is one who has met SVSU’s academic standards and is able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to demonstrate on a regular basis the ability to perform the essential functions of a registered nurse and to provide safe and quality nursing care.

The list of core skills and abilities set forth below is designed to help students make an informed decision about whether to pursue a career in nursing.  The examples of necessary activities provided below are not exhaustive; individual clinical sites may have stricter requirements to which students practicing in that site must adhere.  Additional specific requirements and competencies of the nursing program (e.g., academic standards) are outlined in course syllabi and clinical performance tools. Before deciding whether to obtain a nursing degree, it is important that all students consider whether he or she will be able to perform the essential functions of nursing, with or without accommodations. All nursing students are required to meet the same standards.  SVSU fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate against students with disabilities.  If at any time you wish to discuss whether reasonable accommodations can be provided by SVSU, you should submit a written request for accommodation to SVSU Disability Services.  In order to allow Disability Services ample time to determine whether reasonable accommodations can be provided, whenever possible, the request should be submitted prior to entry into a course for which the student believes reasonable accommodations may be needed.


Core Skills


Examples of Necessary Activities


Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in oral and written form.

Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and client responses. Read and record documentation in the chart and online data sources, quickly and accurately in emergency situations.


Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.

Move around in client rooms, work spaces and treatment areas, administer cardio-pulmonary procedures, lift 40 pounds and move patients from bed to wheelchair or stretcher.  Must be able to sit, stand, move and tolerate taxing workloads for up to12 hours at a time.

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.

Calibrate and use equipment, position clients, administer medications orally and by injection, use hospital equipment safely and manipulate life support devices.  Can apply pressure to stop bleeding.  Can perform palpation, percussion and auscultation.


Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Hears monitor alarms, emergency signals, body sounds, cries for help. Can hear using a stethoscope and communicate over the telephone.


Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.

Observes client responses and recognizes subtle physical changes.  Can determine differences in colors and read information on patient charts, medications and equipment.  Can read gauges. Can see to administer treatments, discriminate colors for diagnostic purposes, observe changes in skin color and drainage on dressings and assess movements.


Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and performance of skilled nursing activities.

Performs palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those activities related to therapeutic nursing interventions, e.g. insertion of a catheter or IV. Can assess temperature, shape, size and vibration. Some latex sensitivities can be accommodated, but allergies make it extremely hard, if not impossible, to place in clinical settings.


Coping ability sufficient for coping with death, anxiety, and multiple demands.

Comforts patients and families, keeps personal stress level in check and responds to multiple demands. Acts ethically and uses compassion. Completes all responsibilities, attendant to client care.  Adjusts to changing circumstances.


Reading comprehension, deductive, inductive reasoning and computation skills.

Calculates medication dosages, understands laboratory values, reads and understands physician orders.  Can exercise sound clinical judgment.



If admitted to the nursing program, I understand I will meet the requirements listed below. I understand I will need to comply with these requirements in order to remain/progress in the nursing program.

Immunizations & CPR certifications are required by our clinical agencies when a student begins clinical courses (first semester of the nursing program).

 If you have questions about your background check, immunizations, CPR certification or other health requirements please contact our Nursing Clinical Coordinator Danielle Trombley (; 989-964-2011). 


Please note that you will need documentation of injection or titers. If your immunizations are not current, up to 6 months may be required to obtain this documentation. The following is a list of required immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B (3 vaccine series)
  • Tuberculosis (T.B.) skin test (2-step process requiring 2 separate skin tests) and a chest X-ray if your skin test is positive for T.B.
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) (2 vaccines or titer) – a titer is a lab test (IgG).
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) (2 vaccines or titer)-If the titer is negative, the two vaccine series is required. Polio
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) (done within last 10 years)
  • Annual Flu Immunization


Certification: American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider Course) 

~ OR ~ 

American Red Cross - CPR for the Professional Rescuer/BLS 

You must maintain current certification throughout the program. 

Online courses/certification are not accepted. 


Please note that the clinical agencies/laboratories we use cannot provide a latex-free environment so we may not be able to place students with latex allergies. We will ask for a statement from your health care provider, as well as possibly requiring a lab (blood) test if you have or develop a sensitivity to latex indicating that it is safe for you to continue in those environments.


If you are an eligible candidate for nursing selection you will be notified about where to obtain a background check; outside or independent results are not acceptable.

If you are admitted to the nursing program, you will be notified about where to obtain a drug test and fingerprinting; outside or independent results are not acceptable.


Students are responsible for providing transportation to and from all courses and/or practicum learning experiences. Students must have reliable transportation to the clinical site at locations on multiple schedules during the day and night.


I understand I must have a physical exam completed if I am admitted to the program.

*please note that other requirements from clinical agencies may be requested.

If necessary, attach all documents BEFORE hitting the submit button.


Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via your SVSU email account whether your GPA is competitive based on the current applicant pool and will be given further instructions for completing the required background check. 

Students will be notified through their SVSU email account of application decisions. Email notifications of acceptance decisions will be sent the week after Thanksgiving break in fall semester and the end of May in winter semester.


Undergraduate Programs

(989) 964-4517

Graduate Programs

(989) 964-2185


Health & Human Services Building
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