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Nursing Pre-RN Licensure Program Information

Bachelor of Science


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Any nurse will tell you it can be a tough and demanding job, but he or she will also tell you it’s one of the most rewarding careers you can choose. This is because on a daily basis you’re helping people who need it the most. As a nurse, you’ll be both a caregiver and a problem solver, someone who helps heal people in mind, body, and spirit. Compassion is critical, but you’ll also need a strong aptitude for science and critical thinking to properly treat patients.

The Baker College School of Nursing (SON) offers a variety of degrees to meet the needs of both the student aspiring to become a registered nurse and those students who are already nurses striving to advance their careers with additional education.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is offered in two tracks. This degree focuses on the well-rounded practitioner with an emphasis on a liberal arts education as well as a mastery of basic nursing skills. This program is available to those students who wish to obtain credentials to take the NCLEX examination, pre-licensure track, and those students who are already highly skilled practicing nurses, post-licensure track, wishing to expand their nursing knowledge with a focus on population health, research, and leadership skills.

For those nurses ready to prepare themselves for leadership positions (administration track) or educational positions, both in acute and chronic care facilities or academic settings (education track), the master of science in nursing (MSN) program allows nurses to build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in their practice.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment


This program is offered on the following campuses: Auburn Hills (AH), Cadillac (CA), Clinton Township (CT), Flint (FL), Jackson (JK), Muskegon (MU), Owosso (OW)
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Nursing Pre-RN Licensure (BS) Program

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Program Mission & Outcomes



The mission of the Baker College School of Nursing is to prepare graduates who are lifelong learners with the core knowledge and skills needed to provide competent, holistic nursing care in a diverse and ever-changing health care environment.  The curricula are designed to assist students to become critical thinkers with clinical reasoning skills who also understand the moral, ethical, cultural, and global dimensions of the issues they confront in an ever-evolving health care system.


The vision of the Baker College nursing programs is to encourage undergraduate nursing students the opportunity for professional growth by the acquisition of knowledge, and skills needed to function in healthcare settings that are responsive to individual and community needs as professional nurses.  These individuals will develop into leaders of research, practice and administration within the healthcare environment.


The School of Nursing of Baker College embraces a commitment to The Theory of Human Caring, as described by Dr. Jean Watson, in the preparation of individuals for the professional practice of nursing.  "Caring is the moral ideal of nursing whereby the end is protection, enhancement, and preservation of human dignity" (Watson, 1999).  This commitment to caring integrates throughout the entire Nursing programs of study and is demonstrated by the dedication of faculty to students’ growth through learning.

Through an approved program of study, faculty serve as role models, and provide student feedback through continuous assessment, thus preparing students with an undergraduate degree or certificate in nursing. Upon graduation, students are prepared to better meet the needs of clients in a dynamic global community.  The program provides quality education for the nurse caregiver through preparing the students to practice effectively within the healthcare system, to meet the ever-changing demands of the health care community, to provide continuing health care education, and to engage in caring relationships with clients.

Graduates of the BSN program will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from a liberal arts education as the basis for decision making in nursing practice.
  2. Apply the nursing process to manage the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities in diverse environments using a holistic and patient-centered approach.
  3. Illustrate the importance of health promotion, disease, and injury prevention to improving population health. 
  4. Use and manage information technology to communicate and provide safe and effective patient care. 
  5. Use evidence-based research to guide nursing practices. 
  6. Apply theories of leadership and management to provide quality patient care and patient safety. 
  7. Investigate current issues in health care politics, finance, and regulatory environments to guide nursing practice and client care. 
  8. Use inter-professional communication and collaboration for improving patient health outcomes. 
  9. Create an environment that includes professional values and behaviors, a professional code of ethics, professional standards, and legal statutes as they relate to the nursing practice.
  10. Recognize the importance of lifelong learning and professional career development in the field of nursing.


Course Student Learning Outcomes

Academic Plan

Background Check Requirements

Yes, Background Check required prior to acceptance to the BSN program.  Visit the Background Checks page for more information.


Additional Program Information

Program requirements include the following:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent (from an accredited program)
  • Successful completion of required science courses (HSC) with a minimum grade of a B- (2.7), successful completion of all other required courses with a 2.0 (C) and overall GPA of a 2.7 (B-) or higher.
  • Kaplan admissions test
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) is required in order to graduate with a BSN degree from Baker College. A minimum grade of a B- in all nursing courses (NUR) is required. A minimum grade of a C (2.0) is required for general education courses.

 Additional Information for Nursing Program:

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support - Provider Course
  • Criminal Background Check -
  • Random Drug Screening
  • Central Registry Clearance - Department of Health & Human Services
  • Required Immunizations - Date of receipt and proof of titre (immunity)
  • Seasonal Influenza vaccine - Annually
  • Two-Step Tuberculin skin testing (on admission) and then annual Tuberculin skin test or Chest
  • X-ray
  • Health Information Form 

 Health Forms:  Baker College Health Information Form 

NLCEX First Time Pass Rate 2017 & JAN-JUN 2018:


NLCEX 2017 Pass Rate

NCLEX 2018 Pass Rate

NLCEX 2019 Pass Rate

Auburn Hills N/A N/A  
Cadillac 83.3% 100%  
Clinton Township 100% 77%  
Flint N/A N/A  
Jackson N/A N/A  
Muskegon 72.2% 88%  
Owosso N/A 100%  
Total all Campuses 82% 88%  

This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the state of Michigan.  Graduates who want to practice in other states should review those requirements via that Board of Nursing.


Limited Enrollment Program Information

Application Semesters: Spring     Health Science Limited Enrollment Application Spring 2020

Additional Information:  Health Science Limited Enrollment Program

Required Courses:
Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical or work site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. All students having successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements, are eligible to apply. Admittance criteria for all limited enrollment health science programs features a common set of prerequisite courses prior to acceptance to their selected program. Students have the opportunity to apply to multiple limited enrollment programs due to the common set of required courses used for the selection process.

General Education Courses

(Minimum Grade C)

Required Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

Weighted Courses

(Minimum Grade B- )

ENG 1010 HSC 1010 BIO 1210
ENG 1020   BIO 1211
MTH 1050   BIO 1220
PSY 1110   BIO 1221
SPK 2010   BIO 2150


Students may attempt to earn a seat in a Limited Enrollment program up to two times. An attempt is defined as having completed all prerequisite coursework at or above the minimum grade required, completed the entrance exam, but were not awarded a seat due to their standing and limited seat capacity. Students reapplying must complete the program reapplication process including submitting a new application.

Note:  If you are a new transfer student or currently completing a required course at another institution, you must request an Official Transcript be sent to Baker College.  Your Official Transcript must be received by 5:00 pm the last Friday of the semester.  If you have previously provided your Official Transcript, you do not need to supply it again.


Library Resources

Visit the Baker College Research Guide page for library research resources for this program.

For additional Library and Learning Support Services, visit our Academic Resource Center.


Clinical / Work Experience Information

For information on Clinical Practicum Experiences and Requirements, please see the Undergraduate Nursing Handbook.

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