Oct 19, 2020
Direct Admission to the Professional Nursing Program (BSN)
Students who have recently graduated from high school demonstrating excellent academic performance in their high school curriculum, particularly in the sciences, in addition to high ACT (or equivalent) scores will be considered for direct admission to the professional nursing program. Direct admission to the professional nursing program is very selective and highly competitive process.
All high school graduates interested in the BSN must apply to WMU and declare nursing as their intended major. Candidates for direct admission will be selected from this pool and notified by the Bronson School of Nursing.
Selection criteria for direct admission to the professional nursing program requires at least ALL of the following:
- High school GPA of at least 3.6 or higher.
- Minimum ACT Composite score of 26.
- One year of high school chemistry (grades will be evaluated).
- Two years of high school biology (grades will be evaluated).
Students will be required to maintain a minimum of 3.25 University cumulative GPA, earn a “B” (3.0) or better in each of the prerequisite sciences courses (CHEM 1510 and CHEM 1520; CHEM 1530 and CHEM 1540; and BIOS 1910 and BIOS 2400) and earn no less than a “C” (2.0) in all other courses to maintain their place in the professional nursing program. All prerequisite courses must be satisfactorily completed before beginning the professional nursing program. Failure to maintain these standards will result in the student being placed into pre-nursing. The student will need to reapply for the professional nursing program.
Students who declare nursing as their intended major and are accepted to WMU must complete the following pre-requisite courses in preparation for application to the professional nursing program.
- Computer Literacy Requirement Credits: 3 hours
Professional Nursing Admission
Pre-nursing students who have completed the pre-requisite courses must complete the formal application process to be considered for admission to the professional nursing program. Admission to the professional nursing program is highly competitive. Availability of space in nursing courses, including clinical settings, will limit the number of admissions possible each semester.
Selection criteria for admission to the professional nursing program include ALL of the following:
- A cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 minimum.
- A cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 minimum in the four prerequisite science courses (CHEM 1510 and 1520; CHEM 1530 and 1540; BIOS 1910 and 2400).
- One of the required science courses may be repeated only one time to apply for admission to the professional nursing program. For the course repeated, both grades will be included in the admission consideration.
- All other prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above.
Professional Curriculum Requirements (125 credit hours)
The sequencing of the Professional Nursing curriculum is critical. Students must complete designated course requirements for each level in the nursing program before progressing to the next level. To remain in good standing within the Professional Nursing curriculum, students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all nursing courses and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. No nursing courses may be repeated without review and approval by the Bronson School of Nursing Student Affairs Committee. Further, students may only re-enroll in one nursing course during their program.
Supporting Courses (56 hours)
- General Education Area I (Fine Arts) Credits: 3 hours
- General Education Area III (U.S. Cultures and Issues) Credits: 3 hours
- General Education Area IV (Other Cultures and Civilizations) Credits: 3 hours
- Electives Credits: 4 hours
- Computer Literacy Requirement Credit: 3 hours
Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement
Students enrolled in the Prelicensure Track of the nursing curriculum will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing requirement by successfully completing the following course: