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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 [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
Karen Bergman
Kristi Block
Jennifer Brown
Alice DeYoung
Sharie Falan
Yvonne Ford
Mary Patricia Fuehr
Joni Jones
Wendy Kershner
Shake Ketefian
Juanita Manning-Walsh
Susan Nelson
Corinne Overmyer
Kelley Pattison
Elizabeth Phillips
Kimberly Searing 
Mary Stahl
Mary Ann Stark
Sally Sutkowi
Sally Vliem
Linda Zoeller

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 Registered Nurse progression (RN-BSN) track offers an avenue to the degree for the licensed nurse who graduated from a diploma or associate degree program in nursing. The RN-BSN track curriculum is offered as a hybrid (combination of online and traditional classroom settings) sequence of courses for the RN students.

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 2017 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.

Pre-nursing Curriculum

Admitted high school students 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 will make an advising appointment with an advisor in CHHS prior to beginning the “pre-nursing” curriculum.

The Undergraduate Professional Nursing Program

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

  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
  1. The RN-BSN Progression Track, has been specifically designed for Registered Nurses.


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