Direct Admission to the BSN

The direct admission pathway is specifically for incoming first year students. It allows exceptional high school graduates a direct path to the BSN program, allowing them to enter the BSN program, without going through the standard application process, once they complete their prerequisite courses at WMU.

There are academic requirements for direct admit students. Failure to meet those requirements results in being removed from the direct admit pathway. Those students may still apply for the BSN program once they complete all prerequisite courses.

Who is eligible for the direct admission pathway?

The Bronson School of Nursing considers all applicants who

  • apply by the "early action" application deadline and
  • select "Nursing (Seeking RN License)" as their major

Outstanding applicants will be invited to participate in a holistic review -- which includes an essay and a written personal statement on central attributes of nursing -- in early spring. If you're accepted for direct admission, you will be notified within three weeks of submitting your materials.


Selection criteria:

  • High school GPA of at least 3.6 or higher.
  • Composite SAT score at or above 1240 or equivalent ACT score (optional for fall 2022 applicants).
  • At least one year of high school chemistry -- grades will be evaluated.
  • Meets math placement requirements (ACT Math 25 OR SAT Mathematics 560 OR ALEKS placement assessment of 50) to enroll in WMU CHEM 1510/1520 Chemistry for Health Professionals.
  • At least two years of high school biology -- grades will be evaluated (second year optional).

Once admitted to the pathway, you must:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Earn a B or better in each of the prerequisite sciences courses (CHEM 1510 and 1520, CHEM 1530 and 1540, and BIOS 1910 and 2400).
  • Earn no less than a C in all other courses.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses within one year.

If you fail to maintain these standards, you will be removed from the direct admission pathway. In that case, you may still apply to the BSN program after you complete all required prerequisite courses.