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Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Bronson School of

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Mary Lagerwey, Director
Main Office:  3466 CHHS (Oakland Campus)
Telephone:  (269) 387-8150
Fax:  (269) 387-8170

Kelly Ackerson
Elissa Allen
Karen Bergman
Kristi Block
Jennifer Brown
Joanne DeWit
Yvonne Ford
Wendy Kershner
Susan Nelson
Kelley Pattison
Kimberly Searing
Lisa Singleterry
Mary Stahl
Mary Ann Stark
Sally Sutkowi
Sally Vliem
Pamela Wadsworth

The Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing opened in 1994, the result of several years of planning and collaboration by University and community leaders. The school was founded based on the need for baccalaureate prepared nursing professionals as articulated by local and national nursing leaders.

The WMU Bronson School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). The prelicensure track provides the nursing degree for individuals who are entering the nursing profession, while the (RN-BSN) program offers an avenue to the degree for the registered nurse who graduated from a diploma or associate degree program in nursing. The RN-BSN program curriculum is offered as an online sequence of courses.

The WMU Bronson School of Nursing curriculum is designed to prepare nurse generalists who comprehend the discipline and the profession of nursing and who are competent to provide, coordinate, and evaluate patient care in the multiple social contexts in which health care is delivered. The graduate of the program will deliver nursing care to individuals, groups, and communities.

The Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing seeks to prepare thoughtful, professional nurses who possess the skills, knowledge, and values necessary to deliver quality health care in this century. The faculty believe that the long-standing social contract between nursing and society conveys an understanding that community needs direct nursing services, that nurses develop partnerships with clients and other health care providers to promote holistic health care, and that caring is intrinsic to nursing. The curriculum integrates knowledge from liberal arts, sciences, and the discipline of nursing. The program emphasizes the development of skills, knowledge, and competencies essential for the scope of clinical judgment that distinguishes the practice of a professional nurse. Concepts of patterning, holism, caring, service to vulnerable groups, and partnership are emphasized.


The Michigan Board of Nursing is the regulatory body that grants provisional and full approval of nursing education programs in the State of Michigan. Full approval of the WMU Bronson School of Nursing undergraduate program was granted in July 2002.

The Western Michigan University Bronson School of Nursing undergraduate program is accredited through 2027 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, phone: (202) 887-6791. The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency. As a “specialized professional accrediting agency, CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs” (CCNE document).

The Bronson School of Nursing undergraduate program has also received endorsement from the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation, which is the credentialing body for holistic nursing. This endorsement enables graduates of the program to be exempt from prerequisites should they choose to sit for the National Certification Examination in Holistic Nursing.

The Undergraduate Professional Nursing Program

This program, with two curriculum tracks, leads to the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

  1. The Prelicensure track is offered for individuals who do not hold a Registered Nurse license.
    Admission to this track occurs through:
  • Direct admission to professional nursing curriculum, or
  • Declaring nursing as the intended major on WMU application and applying to the program after completing program prerequisites.
  • High school students admitted to WMU who indicate nursing as their intended major will be advised to begin the required “pre-nursing” curriculum in the fall semester of their freshman year. Current WMU students, transfer students, and second degree students who change their intended major to nursing should make an advising appointment with an advisor in CHHS prior to beginning the “pre-nursing” curriculum.
  1. The RN-BSN Program has been specifically designed for ADN or Diploma-prepared Registered Nurses who wish to earn a BSN degree.


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