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.

about the BSN Pre-Licensure Program

WCU’s undergraduate nursing program prepares students to become licensed as registered nurses who offer high-quality care to patients from children to older adults in settings from hospitals to schools. Some students go on to pursue advanced nursing degrees and may take courses toward earning their graduate degree while still an undergraduate.

Students build on foundational courses that include human anatomy, chemistry, infectious disease and psychology with classes centered on the nursing profession from assessing patients to nursing in community and mental health settings. During students’ junior and senior years, they participate in clinical experiences at healthcare institutions and agencies in rural and urban areas across Western North Carolina.

WCU’s affordable nursing programs feature small class sizes that enable students to receive one-on-one attention from expert faculty who guide them through coursework and clinical experiences.

admissions 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:

For the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 application cycles, the admission criteria are as follows:

  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA
  • Complete three of the five required science prerequisites by the application deadline
  • ACT Composite Score or the SAT Critical Reading exam. Applicants can submit either exam, keeping the following in mind:
       - No minimum ACT Composite Score
       - 500 minimum on the previous SAT version or a 27 on the current SAT version
  • TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam
  • At least 60 semester hours and all prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program
  • Complete the BSN Application  


Beginning with the Fall 2019 application cycle, only the ACT Composite Score will be accepted. The SAT Critical Reading score will no longer be accepted.

 

Liberal Studies Prerequisites

  • 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.

Science Prerequisites

  • 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.

Nursing Prerequisites

 
  • 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. A grade of C or higher (no C- or below) is required for NSG 346 and ND 338. Students are permitted only one repeat for NSG 101 and NSG 346 for grade replacement.

Application

Click on the link to download the application packet

Fall 2018 BSN Application   

curriculum

The suggested curriculum plan is laid out for the Freshman through Senior year

Curriculum

program costs

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