- The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at WKU School of Nursing provides training in areas such as leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills, all of which are essential as nursing practice becomes more complex.
- Supervised clinical experience is offered in the hospital departments such as psychiatric, pediatrics, surgery and maternity. Also, students acquire clinical experience in nursing schools, homes, and health departments, all leading to a wider knowledge based student nurse.
- The traditional BSN program is a full-time, four-semester, upper division track intended for students who have concluded a minimum of 60 credits and required prerequisite courses.
- Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
About the school
- Western Kentucky University is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States.
- It is a public university established by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906. In the fall 2011 semester, enrollment was roughly 21,000.
- WKU has a satellite campus in Bowling Green with regional campuses in Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Glasgow and Owensboro.
Total estimated cost of attendance is approximately $ 13,080
Following are the minimum requirements for BSN Nursing Program. Minimum admission standards include:
All nursing applicants must first apply and be officially admitted to WKU before applying to the BSN program. To obtain more information about WKU admission please visit www.wku.edu
BSN Program Requirements: Before your application to the BSN program will be considered for admission, all applicants must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
- Have attained a minimum of a “C” in all required science courses, *Biology 131 Anatomy and Physiology I, *Biology 231 Anatomy and Physiology II, Biology 207 Microbiology, Biology 208 Microbiology Lab and Chemistry 109 Chemistry for Health Professionals. *Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed no more than 5 years prior to application to the nursing program at the same institution. Students who have obtained a minimum grade of “C” in Anatomy and Physiology more than 5 years prior to application to the nursing program must either retake the courses, or demonstrate current competency by passing a challenge exam prior to application to the nursing program.
- Pre-nursing students must also earn a minimum of a “C” in the prerequisite courses listed: Nursing 102 Introduction to Professional Nursing, Math 115 or 116 College Algebra, HMD 211 Human Nutrition, Psy/Psys 220 Developmental Psychology, Statistics (3 hours) student may take any ONE of the following courses to meet the Statistics requirement, Math 183, Econ 206, Social Work 344, Soc 300, PH 383 or Psy 301. Effective beginning catalog term Fall 2016.
- Applicant must have completed 11 of the 16 hours of prerequisite science courses by the application deadline date.
- Applicant must be enrolled in the last semester of prerequisite courses by application deadline date.
- English Proficiency Requirements
Application & Deadlines
Students are eligible to apply to be a nursing major only after completing the majority of the pre-requisite classes. Students must have either successfully completed all pre-requisite courses or be enrolled in the remaining pre-requisite courses at the time of application into the nursing program.
All applicants are required to complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam prior to applying to the BSN program. The HESI exam evaluates general knowledge in areas of Anatomy & Physiology, Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar. Students may take the HESI exam one time during each application cycle. Students may not retake the SAME exam version. The HESI nurse entrance exam scores are valid for one calendar year.
Click here to register for the HESI Entrance Exam: (http://www.registerblast.com/pbl/college.asp?College=38).
A completed School of Nursing Application and a copy of your HESI entrance exam scores must be submitted electronically by the application deadline date to [email protected]. Please indicate BSN Application in subject line.
Applications for Fall admission must be submitted by February 1
Applications for Spring submission must be submitted by September 1
Transfer Student Applicant
In addition to the above requirements, transfer students must have all transfer coursework evaluated by WKU by the application deadline date. Please be aware that this process can take 2-3 weeks. If you are currently taking classes at a different institution you must send a copy of your class schedule with your School of Nursing application to the department by the application deadline date.
In addition to the above requirements, students who have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) not awarded by WKU, must send official transcripts and class schedule (if applicable) to the School of Nursing by the application deadline date.
The applicant may also be required to provide a course syllabus or catalog description of degree coursework. Second degree students must show completion or equivalency of the following courses: Biol 131-231-207-208, Chemistry 109, Math 115 or 116, Psychology 220, Human Nutrition HMD 211, Nursing 102, and a 3 credit hour undergraduate statistic course with a minimum grade of “C”.
More information can be found on the Second Degree Entry Option for the BSN Program web page.
Guaranteed Nursing Admission (GNA – formerly GEA)
Guaranteed Nursing Admission(GNA) to the BSN program is available to first –time, full-time college freshman (not available for transfer students), with an ACT composite score of 23 or above. This is a competitive application process and not all eligible students will be granted a GNA. A limited number of GNAs are awarded each semester and is dependent on the applicant pool.
- For consideration, please complete the GNA Application, and send electronically to [email protected]
- GNA Applications must be submitted after student has received WKU ID number and WKU email address
- GNA Applications must be submitted during student’s freshman year of study at WKU
- GNA Application
Recommended Sequence of Courses for BSN Pre-Nursing Students
|1st Semester Prerequisites||Hours||2nd Semester Prerequisites||Hours|
|ENG 100 (Intro to College Writing)|
CHEM 109 (Chemistry for Health Sciences)
HIST 101 or 102 (World History I or II)
MATH 115 or 116 (College Algebra)
BIO 207/208 (Microbiology/Lab)
|ENG 200 (Intro to Literature)|
BIO 131 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
NURS 102 (Intro to Professional Nursing)
COMM 145 (Fund. of Speaking/Com)
Foreign Language* or Elective**
|Total Hours||17||Total Hours||16|
|3rd Semester Prerequisites||Hours||4th Semester Prerequisites||Hours|
|ENG 300 (Writing in the Disciplines)|
BIO 231 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
HMD 211 (Human Nutrition)
Statistics (MATH 183 or ECON 206 or SWRK 344 or SOCL 300 or PH 383 or PSY 301)
|PSY/PSYS 220 (Developmental Psych)|
NURS 324*** (Pathophysiology)
Social & Cultural Connection Course
Local to Global Connection Course
Arts & Humanities Exploration Course
|Total Hours||16||Total Hours||15|
Pre-Nursing Curriculum total credit hours = 64**
*WKU Colonade requirement: Foreign Language Proficiency. Must show language proficiency at Novice-High level before completing 63 hours.
**Note: May need an elective course to meet the 120 hours university graduation requirement
***NURS 324 will be offered as a pre-requisite course starting in Spring 2018. Students transferring into WKU prior to Spring 2018 will have this pre-requisite waived and will be required to take the course once admitted into the BSN program. Course will be taken during 1st semester of the BSN program.
Western Kentucky University
Address: 1906 College Heights Blvd. Bowling Green, KY 42101
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