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BSN Pre-Licensure Program


Nursing Students 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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).

Students will take courses centered around the nursing profession that build off of prerequsite courses taken prior to entry into the program. Courses will be held on the main campus at the Health and Human Sciences Building. Along with traditional lecture courses, students will recieve clinical insruction at healthcare institutions and agencies in rural and urban areas across Western North Carolina beginning the first semester of the program.

Application to the BSN program is now completed online. Admission is granted twice a year and program cohorts will begin in the Fall and Spring semesters. Undergraduate students attending WCU will apply to the nursing program in the sophomore year for junior entry. Admission is competitive and it is important for students planning to pursue the BSN to maintain a competitive GPA and to read and complete all admission and prerequisite requirements listed in detail for you below.

application Deadline

FAll 2020 APPLICATION DEADLINE:
February 15th, 2020
BSN Program Application

TRANSFER STUDENTS:
Transfer students will need to submit a WCU Transfer Application for admission into the institution. Following that, they will need to apply to the BSN Program.

STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT WCU:
Students currently enrolled at WCU will only need to apply to the BSN Program.

It is important that applicants review the admission and prerequisite requirements well in advance of the application deadline. It is also important to note that meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the BSN Program.

admissions REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for admission, students must complete the following admission requirements:

  1. Western Carolina University Application (if not already a student)
    • Transfer students must complete the WCU Transfer Application and provide all offical transcripts to the admissions office
  2. Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 (minimum)
  3. ACT Composite Score
    • Official high school scores are acceptable
    • Applicants that need to take/retake the exam can do so through the Testing Center at WCU or an approved ACT testing site
  4. Test of Essential Acadmic Skills (TEAS)
  5. Science Prerequisites
    1. Chemistry 132 – Introductory Chemistry with lab (4hr)

    2. Chemistry 133 – Survey Organic/Biochemistry with lab (4hr)

    3. Biology 291 – Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (4hr)

    4. Biology 292 – Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (4hr)

    5. Environmental Health 260/261 – Etiology of Infectious Disease with lab (3hr)

      • 3 of the 5 must be complete with a grade of 'C' or higher prior to the application deadline
      • The remaining must be completed prior to program matriculation
  6. Nursing Preresquisites
    1. ND 338 – Normal & Therapeutic Nutrition (only taken through WCU)
    2. NSG 101 – Introduction to Professional Nursing (only taken through WCU)
    3. NSG 346 – Pathophysiology for Nursing (may only be repeated once for a total of two attempts/only taken through WCU)
      • Must be complete with a grade of 'C' or higher prior to program matriculation (NSG 101 requires a 'B')
  7. Liberal Sudies Preresquisites - The courses listed below must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher prior to matriculation
    1. ENGL 101 & ENGL 202 – Writing and Rhetoric & Writing and Critical Inquiry
    2. MAT 130 or higher – College Algebra
    3. COMM 201 – Foundations of Communication
    4. PSY 150 – General Psychology
    5. HEAL 111, HEAL 123, or HSCC 101 – Nutrition, Fitness & Wellness
      • The remaining Liberal Studies requirements must be completed by the start of the senior year
  8. 60 Credit Hours - Applicants must have 60 hours of completed coursework (recommended 72 hours) prior to program matriculation
  9. Complete the BSN Program Application

Transfer Course Credits:
If courses were completed at another institution,  we will accept (approved) equivalents with grades of C (2.0) or higher. You can check what courses will transfer in as through the "Credits Earned Elsewhere" tool.

curriculum

The suggested curriculum plan is laid out Freshman through Senior year in the 8-semester plan.

As each student's situation may vary students should communicate with their advisor to complete their liberal studies and University requirements for graduation. 

program costs

Thanks to NC Promise, tuition for all undergraduate students at WCU is $500 per fall and spring semesters for in-state students and $2,500 for out-of-state students.

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

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