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Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing
Ferris College: College of Health Professions
Transfer School: Montcalm Community College
Consortium Eligible: Yes
Articulation Agreement: Yes
Total Credits Required: 157-158
Catalog Year: 2022-2023
General Education Requirements
39-40 Credits RequiredStudents are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute.
Visit the Ferris State general education page for more information.
- Communication Competency
- Quantitative Literacy
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course MATH 114 or MATH 115 or MATH 116 or MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals 2 or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra and Numerical Trigonometry or Contemporary Mathematics 4 or 3 or 4 or 4 No Equivalent or
MATH 104 or
MATH 105 or
No Equivalent or
MATH 102 or
- Natural Sciences Competency
Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course BIOL 251 Human Anatomy 3 BIOL 202 BIOL 252 Human Physiology 3 BIOL 203
- Cultural Competency
Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course PHIL 320 Biomedical Ethics 3 PHIL 222 Varies Culture Electives (Consult Advisor) 6 Varies
- Self and Society Competency
Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course PSYC 150 Introduction to Psychology 3 PSYC 120 PLSC 121 American Government 1 - People and Politics 3 POLI 240 PSYC 345
Psychology Death and Dying or
3 PHIL 230
RN to BSN College Requirements
81 Credits Required
- College of Health Professions (COHP) Core Curriculum
11 Credits Required. COHP 100, COHP 101, and COHP 102 can be met with a Registered Nurse (RN) license or associate degreee in nursing.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course COHP 100 Orientation to Medical Vocabulary 1 Varies COHP 101 The United States Health Care System 3 Varies COHP 102 Safety Issues in Health Care 1 Varies COHP 350 Statistics in Health Care 3 MATH 190 COHP 450 Evidence-Based Health Care 3 No Equivalent
- Major Courses for RN to BSN Bridgework
65 Credits Required. A Registered Nurse (RN) license or associate degree in nursing satisfies 40 of the 65 credits required.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course NURS AAS ADN or Diploma RN Program 40 Varies NURS 320 RN to BSN Skills Acquisition 3 No Equivalent NURS 324 Transition into Professional Nursing 3 No Equivalent NURS 310 Population Based Health Promotion 3 No Equivalent NURS 340 Community Nursing 3 No Equivalent NURS 440 Leadership in Nursing 3 No Equivalent NURS 450 Nursing Capstone 3 No Equivalent NURS 495 Senior Capstone Leadership Practicum 4 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
Health Informatics 3 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
Gerontological Nursing 3 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
End of Life Nursing Care 3 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
Transcultural Nursing 3 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
Sprituality in Nursing Care 3 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness 3 No Equivalent (Choose 1 of 8)
Elective Course (Advisor Approval) 3 Varies
- Electives (Consult Advisor)
5 Credits Required. In order to graduate with a bachelor's degree, a student must have a minimum of 120 credits and 40 credits of 300-level or higher courses must be earned. The electives required for each student may vary depending on courses taken. Based on how a student meets the programmatic requirements, they may need more or less than 5 credits of elective courses to meet the required 120 credit minimum.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course Varies Electives (Consult Advisor) 5 Varies
Master of Science in Nursing Requirements
37 Credits Required
- Nursing (NURS) Core Curriculum
18 Credits Required.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course NURS 501 Introduction to Advanced Nursing Roles 3 No Equivalent NURS 511 Organizational and Systems Leadership 3 No Equivalent NURS 521 Health Care Systems, Policy and Advocacy 3 No Equivalent NURS 531 Critique of Evidence for Practice 3 No Equivalent NURS 541 Quality Improvement and Safety 3 No Equivalent NURS 551 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 3 No Equivalent
- Integration of Knowledge
10 Credits Required. Prior to enrolling in NURS 711 and 712, students must have taken all courses within the Nursing Core section, as well as taken all of the courses within their chosen concentration; see the Concentration section.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course NURS 711 Clinical Practicum Preparation 1 2 No Equivalent NURS 712 Clinical Practicum Preparation 2 2 No Equivalent NURS 791 Clinical Practicum 1 3 No Equivalent NURS 792 Clinical Practicum 2 3 No Equivalent
- Electives (Consult Advisor)
Two electives are available as elective courses, but not required for completion of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. NURS 502 is a writing course for students who may want to improve skills in this area and prepare for publication in the future. NURS 602 is a statistics course intended to prepare students who may be planning to continue on for a doctoral degree, as a statistics course is often a requirement to enter these programs.
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course NURS 502 Scholarly Writing in Healthcare 3 No Equivalent NURS 602 Statistics for Nursing Science 3 No Equivalent
9 Credits Required (Advisor Approval)Choose One Concentration
- Nursing Education Concentration (NEDU)
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course NURS 601 Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3 No Equivalent NURS 611 Teaching Methods in Nursing Education 3 No Equivalent NURS 621 Advanced Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacotherapeutics 3 No Equivalent
- Nursing Administration Concentration (NADM)
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course NURS 631 Leadership Role for Nurse Administrators 3 No Equivalent NURS 651 Leadership in Resource Management 3 No Equivalent NURS 825 Healthcare Program Development 3 No Equivalent
- Nursing Informatics Concentration (NINF)
Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course NURS 641 Leadership Role for Informatics Nurse Specialist 3 No Equivalent NURS 671 Data Management and Analytics 3 No Equivalent NURS 820 Informatics for Leadership 3 No Equivalent
Program Contact Information
New Student Admission Requirements
- Completed application for admission.
- Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with an overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
- Hold licensure as a Registered Nurse; Michigan licensure or eligibility.
- Have clinical nursing experience; recommended two (2) years of experience.
- Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Ferris graduates need not submit transcripts for coursework completed at Ferris.
- Submit a current, professional resume or curriculum vitae.
- Submit a 1-2-page letter of intent stating your professional goals and how the MSN program can assist you in meeting your goals. RN to MSN candidates may submit their RN to MSN Service-Learning synthesis paper.
- Request two (2) professional references from individuals familiar with academic or professional backgrounds and can provide an assessment of the applicant’s current work quality and ability to complete graduate education successfully.
- International students whose first (native) language is not English need to have English proficiency test scores sent directly from the testing agency to demonstrate meeting the Ferris standards for English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo).
These requirements also apply to Transfer Students.
Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).
To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.
Steps to Apply
- Complete your free application.
- Submit official transcripts
- Submit official transcripts from every school attended to [email protected]
- Or mail to:
Ferris State University Admissions Office
1201 S. State St., CSS 201
Big Rapids, MI 49307
- Submit test scores (if required)
It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.
Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.
Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.
To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.
*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution
Reverse Transfer Agreement
Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.
Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)
Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.
Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.
Transfer Equivalencies Tools
The transfer equivalencies link is located in the Transfer Resources section at transfer.ferris.edu.
Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in
this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above.
Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of
changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies
with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.
Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].