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 September 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
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.
Prospective students must apply for general admission to Western Carolina University
by the BSN application deadline.
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 2022d.
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.
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
Pay your application fee ($65)
Questions or follow-up: Call Student Accounts at 828.227.7324
You will receive your student ID number (92#) about 1 week after you apply, submit,
and pay your application fee.
Continue to monitor your MyWCU accountfor 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
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.
Prospective students must apply to the BSN Program separately from applying to Western
Carolina University. The Fall 2022 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.
Complete all requested items for all sections of the application
Apply for the Fall 2022 entry cohort.
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.
Complete all sections of Nursing CAS: Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting
Information, and Program Materials.
Upload all unofficial transcripts, any AP/CLEP/DANTES/etc. test results, and any other
requested information. Note: although WCU may accept unofficial transcripts for admission as "undeclared--interested
in nursing," you must submit official transcripts to WCU admission in order to be
considered for admission to the BSN program. Even if WCU already has your official
transcripts, you MUST upload unofficial transcripts into NCAS. This will allow you
to submit a complete application. We will then verify your unofficial transcripts
with your official ones.
Upload a copy of your unofficial 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. Your unofficial score report is required
to be submitted in NCAS, and we will verify this with your official scores that you
submit to WCU.
Upload your unofficial ACT Score Report. This will be verified against official scores
that you must submit to WCU.
You may use this checksheet to help you through the application steps.
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 330
included) must submit immunization records to the Student Health Services Office before registering for summer courses.
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.
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.
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.
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.