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BSN Application Process

The traditional Pre-Licensure Bachelor's In Nursing program (BSN) application consists of two different steps: Applying to Western Carolina University and also applying to the BSN program itself.

  • The deadline for admission to a fall cohort is February 15th.
  • The deadline for admission to a spring cohort is August 15th.

Transfer students must have applied to the University prior to the application deadline.

It is highly recommended that applicants start this process early as your nursing application (step 1) will not be reviewed until you are accepted to WCU. You do not have to wait for acceptance to begin the application to the program (step 2).
Acceptance to Western Carolina University does not guarantee acceptance into the BSN program.

The application process may change from year to year.

Have questions about the application process, admission prerequisites and eligibility, or other program details? Please contact Student Services.

Step 1: Apply to Western Carolina University

Prospective students must apply for general admission to Western Carolina University by the BSN application deadline.

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  • If you are a current WCU student, you need to be declared as a pre-nursing student.
    • Make sure the Registrar's Office has any outside of WCU transcripts, test results, etc.
    • You can skip to Applying to the BSN Program
  • Transfer applicants: If you have not graduated with a prior bachelor's degree from WCU :
    • Apply to WCU and select the transfer application
    • Apply as a pre-nursing student.
    • Example
  • If you have previously graduated with a bachelor's degree from WCU:
    • Apply as a returning student
    • Apply as a pre-nursing student.
    • Exception: If you have already successfully completed all prerequisite requirements, including NSG 101, NSG 346, and ND 338, you may apply for Fall 2019.
    • See this page for more information about applying as a returning student.

NOTE: If you were an undergraduate student in good standing who ceased enrollment prior to graduating and you plan to return prior to missing three consecutive terms (one academic year), then you are a “resuming student” as opposed to a “returning student” and you do not have to re-apply.
Contact the Advising Center (Julie Conway - 828.227.3882) for WCU application questions.

  1. Send all official transcripts, any official AP/CLEP/DANTES/etc. test results, and any other requested information to:
    • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
         Western Carolina University
         102 Cordelia Camp Building
         Cullowhee, NC 28723
  2. Pay your application fee ($65)
    • Questions or follow-up: Call Student Accounts at 828-227-7324
  3. You will receive your student ID number (92#) about 1 week after you apply, submit, and pay your application fee.
  4. Continue to monitor your MyWCU account for any pending or outstanding items to meet university application requirements.
    • It can take a few weeks before your transcripts are processed and show up in your MyWCU Account.
    • You must be accepted by Western Carolina University as part of the admissions requirements
    • If you are applying for both BSN program as well as the ABSN program, you must provide official ACT scores to the Admissions Office. You must also have a college algebra or higher successfully completed.

Step 2: Complete the BSN Program Application

Prospective students must apply to the BSN Program separately from applying to Western Carolina University. The Spring 2020 application is available on the Nursing CAS website. A nominal cost for this application. This charge goes directly to Nursing CAS for application processing, not to the University.

Apply to the BSN Program

Follow these steps to complete the application:

  1. Complete all requested items for all sections of the application
  2. Apply for the spring 2020 entry cohort.
  3. Type in Western Carolina University.
    • Choose the "Traditional BSN Program - Pre-Licensure" Program.
    • Click the plus sign (+) next to a program to add it to your program list. You must select at least one program to continue completing the application.
  4. Complete all sections of Nursing CAS: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials.
  5. Upload all unofficial transcripts, any AP/CLEP/DANTES/etc. test results, and any other requested information.
  6. Upload a copy of your ATI TEAS Score Report into the "Program Materials" section under "Documents".
    • Through Assessment Technology Institute (ATI), you need to designate "Western Carolina University" for the official test results to be released to Western Carolina University School of Nursing. This can be done at the time of taking the exam. If completed after the exam, ATI charges an additional fee.
  7. Upload your ACT Score Report
  8. Upload your completed PREREQUISITE COMPLETION PLAN
    • All applicants must complete this form.
    • List all Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses you are or will be taking to complete the prerequisite requirements.
    • If all prerequisites have been met, note that on the form.
    • Save the completed form.
  9. Submit and pay your program application fee.

NursingCAS/WebAdmit Help #617-612-2880
NursingCas Help Center   |   NursingCas Help Form

You may use this checksheet to help you through the application steps.

Summer Classes

  • Course overrides and alt pin numbers for summer registration will not be distributed until after admissions decisions are made.
  • Those taking four or more hours during the summer (NSG 101, NSG 346, and/or ND 338 included) must submit immunization records to the Student Health Services Office before registering for summer courses.

important notice

School of Nursing applicants should be aware that the North Carolina Board of Nursing requires a criminal background check for initial licensure. Students who might be affected by this policy should consult an advisor in the School of Nursing as to whether they should commit time and resources to the program if RN licensure is questionable. All students enrolled in the School of Nursing are required to maintain current clinical credentialing requirements using CastleBranch (myCB) for the duration of their program. If you accept a seat in the program, you will receive a welcome letter with a purchase code(s) to create your myCB account. Failure to complete the requirements in CastleBranch by the given deadline (August 1 for fall starts, unless otherwise noted) will cause you to forfeit your seat in the program.

After applying

You will receive an email from the Undergraduate Admissions Office confirming you submitted your online University Application. It will contain further information and instructions. Continue to monitor you personal email and your MyWCU account for communications. A separate email from the will be sent once your program application was submitted. All communication regarding program acceptance will be emailed through the WCU SON email portal.

Be sure to check your junk email box as well.

Fee Assistance Program

NursingCAS offers a limited number of fee waivers to qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis. Each fee waiver covers only the initial application fee, so if you wish to apply to additional programs, you are responsible for the remaining balance. If you received a fee waiver during a previous cycle, you may apply for another in the next cycle. You can find detailed information about the NursingCAS fee waiver system in the Applicant Help Center.

Selection Criteria

Admission to the Nursing Major, including the BSN Program is highly competitive. The BSN Program is designed for highly motivated, high-achieving students who can meet the demands of the program.

Priority will be given to the best qualified students to fill the limited number of seats in each class. Students will be selected for admission based on a calculated admission score which is used to rank applicants

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) is required to submit an application to the major.

  • The GPA is calculated on the basis of the entire undergraduate record (as reported to the WCU admissions office by the colleges the applicant has attended). Graduate courses are not considered.

The state minimum for the ACT is 17. Official high school scores are acceptable.

  • Applicants who have never taken or with to improve their score may take/retake the exam through the WCU Testing Center or an approved ACT test site.
  • Applicants are allowed to retake the ACT once every 60 days.
  • Scores must be available and submitted by the application deadlines

BSN applicants must take the current ATI TEAS exam Version (6.0) prior to the program application deadline.
The applicant should designate Western Carolina University through ATI to allow WCU School of Nursing access to the official TEAS scores.

  • This action needs to be completed by the application deadline.
  • Students may retake the TEAS exam as often as desired, but all attempts must be separated by 30 calendar days.
  • Applicants may take the TEAS exam at the WCU Continuing Education Testing Center on the Cullowhee campus or through alternative testing sites located off-campus.
  • Additional information about the TEAS exam and testing centers can be found on the School of Nursing TEAS Guidelines website.
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