Pre-licensure B.S.N. Program

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The WMU Bronson School of Nursing offers a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, a four-year bachelor's degree that will prepare you for nursing careers in settings like hospitals, home care, public health, clinics, schools, hospice, occupational settings, and health and wellness centers.

After you earn your B.S.N. degree, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination, the licensing exam that allows one to practice as a registered nurse. You will be prepared for leadership and management roles and you'll also have satisfied the educational requirement to enter a master's or doctoral degree program.

If you are a registered nurse interested in pursuing your B.S.N., learn more about our RN-BSN program.

Admissions deadlines

The Bronson School of Nursing admits high school graduates and transfer students to the pre-licensure B.S.N. program in the fall and spring semesters of each year. You should plan to apply to the Bronson School of Nursing in the semester you complete all prerequisites. If you're a transfer student who has completed all prerequisites, you may apply to the school any time.

Applications for the fall semester are due by March 1.
Applications for spring semester are due October 1.

Holistic admissions

The Bronson School of Nursing (BSON) is committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic community of faculty, staff and students. We have developed a holistic admissions process that allows us to admit students with unique experiences and excellent academic performance to come together in an inclusive learning environment.

The process is competitive and thorough and includes a critical evaluation of your GPA and may include a personal statement, letter of recommendation, essay questions and interviews. This allows the you to share the experiences you feel support your admission to the nursing program.

Direct admission to BSN program

Each year, a number of incoming first-year students are admitted directly to the BSN program, allowing them to take prerequisite courses and then begin taking nursing courses without applying to the BSN program. All early-action WMU applicants who select "nursing" as their major are considered; there is no special application. There are minimum requirements to remain in the program, and students removed from the direct admit program must re-apply to the BSN program after completing their prerequisite courses.

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Curriculum

  • Year one

    First semester - 14 credits

    • CHEM 1510, 1520: Chemistry for Health Professionals I, 4 credits

    • BIOS 1910: Introduction to Human Biology and Anatomy, 4 credits

    • HSV 2250: Growth, Development and Aging, 3 credits

    • SOC 2000: Principles of Sociology, 3 credits

    Second semester - 15 credits

    • CHEM 1530, 1540: Chemistry for Health Professionals II, 4 credits

    • BIOS 2400: Human Physiology, 4 credits

    • PSY 1000: General Psychology, 3 credits

    • ENGL 1050: College-Level Writing, 4 credits

  • Year two

    First semester - 15 credits

    • NUR 2200: Foundations of Nursing and Critical Thinking, 3 credits

    • NUR 2210: Nursing Therapeutics I, 5 credits

    • NUR 2220: Health Assessment Throughout the Lifespan, 3 credits

    • BIOS 2320: Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 4 credits

    Second semester - 15 credits

    • NUR 2300: Concepts of Health and Wellness in Nursing Practice, 4 credits

    • NUR 2310: Nursing Care of the Older Adult, 4 credits

    • NUR 3350: Pharmacotherapeutics in Nursing, 3 credits

    • Elective, 4 credits

     

  • Year three

    First semester - 17 credits

    • NUR 3200: Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family, 5 credits

    • NUR 3210: Nursing Care of Children and Families, 5 credits

    • STAT 3660: Data Analysis Biosciences, 4 credits

    • Fine Arts (Area I General Education), 3 credits

    Second semester - 14 credits

    • NUR 3220: Health Care Ethics (Area II General Education), 3 credits

    • NUR 3300: Nursing Therapeutics II, 2 credits

    • NUR 3310: Care of Adults with Alterations in Health Status, 6 credits

    • NUR 3320: Nursing Research, 3 credits

     

  • Year four

    First semester - 15 credits

    • NUR 4200: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 5 credits

    • NUR 4210: Nursing Care of Patients with Complex Conditions, 6 credits

    • Other Cultures and Civilizations (Area IV General Education), 4 credits

    Second semester - 15 credits

    • NUR 4310: Community Based Nursing, 6 credits

    • NUR 4320: Nursing Leadership and Management, 6 credits

    • U.S. Culture and Issues (Area III General Education), 3 credits

Total program credits: 122

Applying to the program

Applying to the BSN program is a two step process. You must apply to WMU; and you must complete an application at NursingCAS, which is a centralized nursing application system.

  • Apply to WMU

    Declare "pre-nursing" as your intended major.

  • Apply at NursingCAS

    Select the BSON professional nursing program. The cost is $55.

If you are transferring prerequisite courses from another institution, check credit equivalencies at the WMU Transfer Credit website. You can confirm equivalencies with a CHHS advisor by calling (269) 387-2656, or you can review the prerequisite courses in NursingCAS. 

To be considered for admission students must:

  • Complete all of the courses in the pre-nursing program curriculum (or equivalencies) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B), have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (B), and individual course grades with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or above.
  • Earn an average grade of B (3.0) or above in the four science prerequisite courses (or equivalencies); each prerequisite course may only be repeated once.  Only the second grade will be considered in the admission decision. 

Applications for the fall semester are due by March 1; application for the spring semester are due by Oct. 1.

  • Prerequisite courses
    • CHEM 1510, 1520: Chemistry for Health Professionals I, 4 credits
    • CHEM 1530, 1540: Chemistry for Health Professionals II, 4 credits
    • BIOS 1910: Introduction to Human Biology and Anatomy, 4 credits
    • BIOS 2400: Human Physiology, 4 credits
    • ENGL 1050: College-Level Writing, 4 credits
    • SOC 2000: Principles of Sociology, 3 credits
    • HSV 2250: Growth, Development and Aging, 3 credits
    • PSY 1000: General Psychology, 3 credits

    Total credits: 29