School of Nursing and Allied Health
School of Nursing and Allied Health
COVID-19 Statement for Nursing Students
Nursing Students and Faculty are required by various clinical sites to be vaccinated for COVID. While a few clinical sites do not currently require the vaccine, it is not possible to complete the entire WKU nursing program without going to at least 1 or more hospitals which require the vaccine. Students with a documented allergy to materials in the COVID vaccine may work with SARC on obtaining a medical wavier. Students who belong to a religious sect which forbids vaccinations may work with Andrea Anderson's office on obtaining a religious wavier. All students with vaccine waivers will be required to undergo frequent COVID testing per the clinical sites policies. There is no guarantee that any given clinical agency will accept a WKU waiver, it is up to the individual hospital to decide if they will accept unvaccinated students.
I want to assure you that the safety of our students is a priority in this rapidly changing situation. Nursing students, after receiving appropriate education and training, are regularly involved in the care of patients with communicable diseases like influenza, measles, TB, Hepatitis, and HIV. During this current pandemic, all of our students that are able to attend clinical and still have access to a clinical site will be required to follow the guidelines set forth by the sites and guidelines created by professional associations or accrediting bodies, such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. These new guidelines for dealing with COVID-19 and nursing student clinical placements have been sent to all nursing faculty and clinical sites.
Due to the current situation, no WKU nursing student will be required to care for known or suspected cases of COVID-19.
If a student is asked to care for a patient that they do not feel prepared to care
for, they are to let their faculty know at once and the nursing faculty will ensure
they are reassigned to a patient that they can adequately care for. However, with so many people having COVID without any symptoms, it is possible that
a student may end up caring for a patient or working with a staff member or another
student who later tests positive for COVID.
Illness: Faculty, students, and staff who are ill or have any symptoms of any type of illness (flu, cold or COVID-19) symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) need to stay home and avoid contact with others. No student should ever go to a clinical site if they are sick. We also ask that anyone with symptoms of COVID or who have known exposures to COVID to go to the WKU Student Health Center for testing, and to follow quarantine procedures for exposures per the health department guidelines.
If a student has a special reason to be at increased risk due to a medical condition and prefer not to participate in face to face activities at this time, they can either do a medical withdrawal from clinical and linked classes for the semester, or if they have completed more than half of the clinical hours, they can do an incomplete for clinical and/or lab course for the semester. The missing hours will have to be made up prior to proceeding to the next part of the nursing curriculum. This will be handled on a case by case basis and we will require documentation from your primary care provider as to when it is safe for you to return to the clinical setting. After that time, you will need to arrange with your faculty to make up any missing lab and/or clinical hours prior to proceeding to the next semester’s classes.
We will continue to work with all students to ensure that they meet the minimum learning requirements so that they can either graduate, or so they can enroll in the next semester of the nursing program, but this may involve doing clinical sessions outside of the usual semester time frame (during summer or winter break). Once the missing hours are completed, the incomplete will be changed to a grade.
If you have questions or concerns about your particular situation, please contact your faculty member using the contact information included on your class syllabus. The school of nursing general phone number is 270-745-3391, which is being forward to a staff member. The staff can forward your calls, but the people most likely to know the answers concerning your individual situations are your faculty members.
The School of Nursing and Allied Health prepares undergraduate and graduate students to provide compassionate, culturally sensitive care to diverse populations. Through the use of service and inter-professional learning opportunities, students are prepared to function in an increasingly global society and to provide creative evidence based, and ethical solutions for complex healthcare issues. The desire for lifelong learning is instilled in graduates as a means to continue personal professional development and to affect positive change in healthcare systems and policy.
School of Nursing and Allied Health Programs
BSN Program - Entry program for people who want to become a nurse
MEPN Program - Accelerated entry program for highly qualified students with a prior BS/BA degree in a field other than nursing who wish to obtain the BSN and the MSN at the same time.
Dental Hygiene - Entry Program for people who wish to become dental hygienists.
LPN to ASN online- Program limited to LPNs who wish to become RN. You must currently hold an LPN License to enroll in this program.
MSN- PMHNP- Program for BSN prepared nurses who wish to become Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
BSN-DNP - Program for BSN prepared nurses who wish to become Family Nurse Practitioners.
MSN to DNP -Program for MSN prepared nurses who wish to obtain a doctorate in nursing practice.
CERTIFICATE Programs - Non Degree Programs which allow MSN prepared nurses to take a specific nurse practitioner board certification exam (PMNHP or FNP only).
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Western Kentucky University are accredited by the
Commission on the Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750,
Washington, DC 20001
The LPN to ASN nursing program at Western Kentucky University located in Bowling Green, Kentucky is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at:
Kentucky Board of Nursing Approval
The Nursing programs at WKU are approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing to offer graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. Benchmark data comparing WKU to other Kentucky Schools of Nursing can be viewed here KBN Benchmark Report.
Phone and Mailing Addresses:
BSN, MSN and DNP Nursing Programs
1906 College Heights Blvd, #11036
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1036
Fax: 270 745-3392 2nd Floor
Fax: 270-745-4336 3rd Floor
Nursing Street Address -for Driving Directions:
The Medical Center/WKU Health Sciences Complex (MCHC) 700 First Avenue, Bowling Green, KY.
Nursing Office Suite 2055, on Second Floor.
South Campus - LPN to ASN Nursing Program
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42104
South Campus Nursing office is located in room 139.
Main Campus - Dental Hygiene Programs
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11032 Bowling Green KY 42101
Dental Hygiene Program offices are located on the second floor of the Academic Complex, room 236G.