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WKU-O Undergraduate Programs





In this program, you will learn to work as a part of a health care team which includes doctors, nurses at different levels, therapists, aides, and other health care professionals to treat the sick, injured, and elderly by providing hands-on personal care and support. You will study chemistry, human anatomy, human growth and behavior, and you will develop observational skills, referral techniques, management abilities, and learn how to administer medication and treatments. In addition to these direct support activities, you will study ethical nursing practices, nursing theory and application, patient-nurse relationships, and the organization of health care delivery.

For more information on the WKU RN to BSN cohort program:

Characteristics associated with success in this major include an aptitude for applied science and an ability to think through problems using clear thinking and sound logic. You should:

• have a caring, sympathetic nature

• be able to speak and write clearly

• be able to interact with others

• work well as a part of a team

Work Tasks and Settings

• Care for the sick and help people stay well

• Examine patients and give treatments

• Help physicians in surgery and intensive care units

• May care for people in nursing homes, work in schools, or care for those who need constant attention

• Work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctors' offices, schools, the government, home healthcare and temporary help agencies

• Work with patients, patient records, test results, doctors' orders, stethoscopes, thermometers, medication, and lab specimens and equipment

Abilities needed:

• desire to help others

• be caring and sympathetic

• work well with others

• accept responsibility

• use good judgment

• be emotionally stable

• follow orders precisely

• take initiative

• work well under pressure

• think and act quickly


• College/University Faculty

• Health Educator

• Health Services Administrator

• Home Health and Care Aide

• Nurse (Registered)

• Nurse Anesthetist (after master’s degree)

• Nurse Practitioner (after master’s degree)

• Nurse-Midwife (after master’s degree)

• Nursing/Psychiatric Aide (after master’s degree)



WKU COURSES                                 

 NURS 300 Concepts of Disease Processes 

 NURS 309 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan

 NURS 315 Concepts of in Pharmacology

 NURS 321 Transcultural Nursing

 NURS 323 Concepts of Professional Nursing

 NURS 340 Teaching & Health Promotion in Nurs.

 NURS 400 Nursing Leadership & Management

 NURS 405 Nursing Informatics

 NURS 408 Professional Issues

 NURS 412 Introduction to Nursing Research

 NURS 430 Concepts of Public Health Nursing

 NURS 431 Application of Public Health Nursing

 NURS elective


Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term.

WKU-O Academic Requirements:

  • 120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

- 44 semester hours of General Education

- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)

- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

  • Students must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours with WKU to graduate with honors.
  • Students must apply for graduation upon the completion of 90 semester hours.
  • Students are to meet with an advisor each semester.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14