BSN Pre-Licensure Program


Nursing Students

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure program prepares you to begin the practice of professional nursing. Upon graduating, you will be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The BSN program conducts theory classes on the Cullowhee campus at WCU's state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences building. Clinical nursing experiences are held at health care agencies throughout western North Carolina for both years.Admission to the BSN Program is granted twice a year. Fall BSN applications are due February 1. Spring BSN applications are due July 15. Undergraduate students attending WCU must apply to the nursing program in the sophomore year for junior entry, and admission is competitive. It is important for students planning to pursue the BSN to maintain a competitive GPA and to complete all prerequisites.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, students must meet the following admission requirements, including the following course prerequisites, prior to starting the upper-division curriculum:

  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA and have completed three of the five required science courses.
  • ACT Composite Score (SAT Critical Reading Score no longer accepted)
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam
  • Prior to entering the program, accepted students must have completed at least 60 semester hours and met all prerequisites
  • The Fall 2018 BSN Application will be available for download on this website in late fall.  
  • ENGL 101 & ENGL 202: Writing and Rhetoric & Writing and Critical Inquiry
  • MAT 130 or higher:  College Algebra
  • COMM 201: Foundations of Communication
  • PSY 150: General Psychology 
  • HEAL 111, HEAL 123 or HSCC 101: Nutrition, Fitness & Wellness
  • Or approved equivalents with grades of C (2.0) or higher

All additional Liberal Studies courses, including the Perspectives, must be completed prior to the senior year.

*The WCU Liberal Studies Core requirements are waived for students who have received a bachelor's degree or an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a North Carolina community college.

  • CHEM 132, 139 or 140: General Chemistry with lab
  • CHEM 133: Survey of Chemistry II (Organic Chemistry) with lab
  • BIOL 291 & BIOL 292: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
  • ENVH 260/261 Etiology of Infectious Disease (Microbiology) with lab
  • Or approved equivalents with grades of C (2.0) or higher

Three of the five sciences must be completed by the application deadline.

  • NSG 101 - Introduction to Nursing
  • NSG 346 - Nursing Pathophysiology    
  • ND 338 - Normal/Therapeutic Nutrition

Students are required to earn a minimum grade of "B" or better for NSG 101 prior to admission to the program. Students are permitted only one repeat for NSG 101 and NSG 346 for grade replacement.

Click here to view the North Carolina Community College course equivalencies for the nursing prerequisites.

For a complete list of approved transfer equivalencies, please visit the WCU Credits Earned Elsewhere website. 

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