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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Overview

The WKU School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that provides training in areas such as communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills, all of which are becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. Supervised clinical experience is provided in the hospital departments such as pediatrics, psychiatric, maternity, and surgery. In addition to the hospital setting, our students receive clinical experience in nursing homes, schools and health departments, all leading to a broader knowledge based student nurse.

The traditional BSN program is a full-time, four semester, upper division option designed for students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits and required prerequisite courses.

Graduates of the BSN program qualify to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), the licensure examination for eligibility to become a registered nurse. BSN graduates have averaged a first-time pass rate of 96% on the NCLEX-RN over the past five years. To see all Kentucky Nursing Programs NCLEX-RN pass rates click here.


BSN Program Curriculum  

Pre-Nursing Curriculum for first time students beginning Fall 2014

Second Degree Pre-Nursing Curriculum

Upper Division Nursing Courses



All nursing applicants must first apply and be officially admitted to WKU before applying to the BSN program. To obtain more information about WKU admission please visit

BSN Program Requirements: Before your application to the BSN program will be considered for admission, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • Have attained a minimum of a "C" in all required science courses, *Biology 131 Anatomy and Physiology I, *Biology 231 Anatomy and Physiology II, Biology 207 Microbiology, Biology 208  Microbiology Lab and Chemistry 109 Chemistry for Health Professionals.  *Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed no more than 5 years prior to application to the nursing program. Students who have obtained a minimum grade of "C" in Anatomy and Physiology more than 5 years prior to application to the nursing program must either retake the courses, or demonstrate current competency by passing a challenge exam prior to application to the nursing program.
  • Pre-nursing students must also earn a minimum of a "C" in the prerequisite courses listed, Nursing 102 Introduction to Professional Nursing, Math 115 or 116, HMD 211 Human Nutrition, Psy/Psys 220 Developmental Psychology, Statistics (3 hours) Student may take any ONE of the following courses to meet the Statistics requirement, Math 183, Econ 206, Social Work 344, Soc 300, PH 383 or Psy 301. Effective beginning catalog term Fall 2016.
  • Applicant must have completed 11 of the 16 hours of prerequisite science courses by the application deadline date.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in the last semester of prerequisite courses by application deadline date.
  • English Proficiency Requirements

Application & Deadlines

Students are eligible to apply to be a nursing major only after completing the majority of the pre-requisite classes. Students must have either successfully completed all pre-requisite courses or be enrolled in the remaining pre-requisite courses at the time of application into the nursing program.

All applicants are required to complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam prior to applying to the BSN program. The HESI exam evaluates general knowledge in areas of Anatomy & Physiology, Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar. Students may take the HESI exam one time during each application cycle. Students may not retake the SAME exam version. The HESI nurse entrance exam scores are valid for one calendar year.

Click here to register for the HESI Entrance Exam: (

A completed School of Nursing Application and a copy of your HESI entrance exam scores must be submitted electronically by the application deadline date to Please indicate BSN Application in subject line.

Applications for Fall admission must be submitted by February 1

Applications for Spring submission must be submitted by September 1

Application: Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Application


Transfer Student Applicant 

In addition to the above requirements, transfer students must have all transfer coursework evaluated by WKU by the application deadline date. Please be aware that this process can take 2-3 weeks. If you are currently taking classes at a different institution you must send a copy of your class schedule with your School of Nursing application to the department by the application deadline date.


Second Degree Applicants 

In addition to the above requirements, students who have a bachelor's degree (or higher) not awarded by WKU, must send official transcripts and class schedule (if applicable) to the School of Nursing by the application deadline date. 

The applicant may also be required to provide a course syllabus or catalog description of degree coursework. Second degree students must show completion or equivalency of the following courses: Biol 131-231-207-208, Chemistry 109, Math 115 or 116, Psychology 220, Human Nutrition HMD 211, Nursing 102, and a 3 credit hour undergraduate statistic course with a minimum grade of "C".

More information can be found on the Second Degree Entry Option for the BSN Program web page.


Guaranteed Early Admission (GEA)

Guaranteed Early Admission(GEA) to the BSN program is available to first –time, full-time college freshman (not available for transfer students), with an ACT composite score of 23 or above. This is a competitive application process and not all eligible students will be granted a GEA. A limited number of GEAs are awarded each semester and is dependent on the applicant pool.

  • For consideration, please complete the GEA Application, and send electronically to
  • GEA Applications must be submitted after student has received WKU ID number and WKU email address
  • GEA Applications must be submitted during student's freshman year of study at WKU
  • GEA Application


Tuition & Fees

For more information on tuition cost at WKU, please visit:

In addition to tuition, there is a $400 program fee that will be billed to your University Account for every semester that you are enrolled in the BSN program.


Contact/Schedule a Tour

To learn more about the BSN program at WKU, and to schedule a tour of our Medical Health Sciences Complex (MCHC), please contact Office Assistant Kristy Mayes or #270-745-3391.


Mailing Address:
WKU School of Nursing
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11036
Bowling Green, KY 42101
MCHC Physical Address:
700 1st Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42101







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