School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733
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Basic-BSN track (pre-licensure)

The Oakland University School of Nursing Undergraduate Program Basic-BSN track provides students with a diverse range of clinical experiences throughout Southeastern Michigan, and is designed to develop nurses who are able to critically think, use evidence to develop, implement, and evaluate patient-centered nursing care, and who are ready to advance in their professional nursing careers.

The Basic-BSN track will:

  • provide students with a nursing education that meets the highest standards of the profession.
  • foster professional development by emphasizing the use of the nursing process as the critical thinking framework for developing, implementing, and evaluating patient-centered care across the lifespan
  • facilitate the development of clinical decision-making skills based on ethical, legal, and cultural perspectives.
  • integrate the concepts of evidence-based practice into nursing care delivery.
  • prepare students to be successful on the NCLEX-RN.
  • nurture a commitment to lifelong learning and prepare students for further education at the graduate level.

Please visit our Information Session page for upcoming opportunities to learn more about the program. 

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Step 1: Admission to Oakland University

Prospective Basic BSN students must be admitted to Oakland University and have their Oakland email account set up before they may submit the Basic BSN application. Contact the OU Admissions Office at (248) 370-3360 for information or apply online at

Step 2: Completion of Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework



BIO 1200 - Biology I


BIO 2006 – Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 


CHM 1040 – Introduction to Chemical Principles


CHM 2010 – Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry


PSY 1000 – Foundations of Contemporary Psychology


WRT 1060 or place out of


PHL 1000 (Formal Reason) or
PHL 1100 (Western Civilization) or
PHL 1300 (Intro to Ethics) or
PHL 1320 (Western Civilization)


MTH 0661 (see below)


The five science classes listed above (BIO 1200, BIO 2006, CHM 1040, CHM 2010, and PSY 1000) comprise the pre-nursing GPA, which is the sole criterion in admission decisions. All courses must have a grade of B or higher with a minimum pre-nursing GPA of 3.2 to be eligible for admission.

* The math requirement is waived for applicants who receive an SAT math score of 490 to 540 (440 to 510 prior to March 2016) or an ACT math score of 18 or higher. Higher-level mathematics coursework or the Oakland University math placement exam can also satisfy the requirement. For more information about course placement visit To learn more about AP, IB, or CLEP placement visit

For OU's transfer guides and Transfer Equivalency Tool visit

Step 3: Admission to the Basic BSN Program

Prospective students may submit the BSN application upon admission to OU and completion of all eight prerequisite courses. Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive, based on the pre-nursing GPA, and satisfactory completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission.

To continue a previously started application, visit and select "Continue application" at the top of the page. This will require the email address used to start the application and the assigned PIN. Contact the School of Nursing Advising Office at with any issues.

Upon submission applicants will receive an email from with the subject "Application Submitted Successfully."  Applicants who do not receive this email should contact to verify that their application was received.


The Basic BSN track admits in the fall and winter semesters, with respective application deadlines of June 1st and October 1st. All prerequisite coursework must be completed before the deadlines. All official transcripts, including any applicable AP or CLEP test scores, must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered.

Previously admitted into a nursing program

Any applicant who has been dismissed from a nursing program or has ever received two or more nursing course grades of B- or lower must first obtain approval from the SON to apply to the Basic-BSN track.  To obtain the Student Academic Standing Inquiry Form, visit the Forms page.

Step 4: After Admission

Health Requirements

Admitted students will need to submit their clinical health requirements prior to starting the program. Please visit the Health Requirements tab on the Forms page for additional information.

Denied Admission

Applications to the Basic BSN track are for a single term only and do not carry over to subsequent application cycles.  Students denied admission to the BSN program may apply to the SON for the next application cycle if they meet the minimum eligibility requirements.  Students whose pre-req grades do not meet eligibility requirements or students who are otherwise considering repeating pre-reqs to raise their pre-req GPA are strongly encouraged to schedule an academic advising appointment to discuss their plan of study.  Contact 248-364-8733 or to schedule an appointment.


The School of Health Sciences (SHS) and the School of Nursing (SON) have partnered to create the Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) to Accelerated Second-Degree (ASD) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pathway. This pathway is for first-time Pre-Nursing freshman students who did not gain admission to the Basic BSN program after their first year of study. Up to five pre-nursing students will be offered automatic admission to the ASD program through the WHP-ASD pathway. Students on the WHP-ASD pathway must meet all of the requirements to gain admission into this track as outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog.