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WKU Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Aspire to reach new heights with a degree that equips you to be successful in a rapidly expanding field! The goal of the WKU BSN program is to provide an accessible, high quality Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to meet the needs of both students and the nursing workforce. The BSN program at WKU 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. 

Admission to the BSN program is competitive and requires a separate application. Enrollment is limited and based on student qualifications, availability of faculty, and clinical resources. The traditional BSN program is a full-time, four semester, upper division option designed for students who have completed a minimum of 63 credits and required pre-requisite courses.  Pre-nursing (586P) advising is provided by the College of Health & Human Services professional staff advisors within the Advising & Career Development Center, DSU Suite 2001.

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.

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.





Nursing Simulation


BSN Program Curriculum



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, click here.


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

  • A minimum undergraduate overall 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, and Chemistry 109 Chemistry for Health Professionals.  *Anatomy and Physiology I & II  must have been completed no more than 5 years prior to application to the nursing program at the same institution. 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 scoring 77% or higher on the Anatomy and Physiology section of the HESI Entrance Exam prior to application to the nursing program. Applicant must have completed at least 10 of the 15 hours of pre-requisite science classes at the time of application to the program.
  • Pre-nursing students must also earn a minimum of a "C" in the prerequisite courses listed: Nursing 102 Introduction to Professional Nursing, Nursing 324 Pathophysiology, Math 115 or 116 College Algebra, 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 be enrolled in the last semester of pre-requisite courses by application deadline date. Pre-requisite courses may be completed during the summer or winter term. Students must show proof of registration in these courses to be offered their seat.
  • English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the baccalaureate-nursing program with an overall GPA less than 2.75 for college level courses may apply when the following criteria are met:    

  1. Gain admission to Western Kentucky University.   
  2. Completed a minimum of 80 hours of college level coursework. 
  3. Complete all designated prerequisite courses by the time of nursing program entrance.
  4. Attains an overall GPA of 2.75 in the nursing designated pre-requisite courses.
  5. Attain a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses:  BIOL 131, 231, 207, CHEM 109, MATH 115/116, INTRO STATS, HMD 211, PSY/PSYS 220, NURS 102 and NURS 324. 

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 and to send a copy of those scores with the application. The HESI exam evaluates general knowledge in areas of Reading Comprehension, Anatomy & Physiology and Math. 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 as attachments in an email to nursing@wku.edu by the application deadline date. Please indicate BSN Application in the subject line.  


NOTE:  Applicants with previous course work that does not directly transfer to WKU as one of the nursing pre-requisites, can be given permission to use other courses by sending the syllabus for that course to the program coordinator for evaluation.  This should be completed prior to your application to the BSN program. You may send the syllabus as an attachment in an email to the nursing@wku.edu email address and request approval.   


Applications for Fall admission must be submitted by Feb. 1

Applications for Spring admission must be submitted by Sept. 1

Application: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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.

In addition to the above requirements, students who have a bachelor's degree (or higher) not awarded by WKU, must send official transcripts and current 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 (Anatomy & Physiology I & II), BIOL 207 (Microbiology), CHEM 109 (Chemistry/Health Sciences), MATH 115 or 116 (College Algebra), PSY/PSYS 220 (Developmental Psychology), HMD 211 (Human Nutrition), NURS 102 (Introduction to Nursing), NURS 324 (Pathophysiology) 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 Nursing Admission (GNA) to the BSN program is available to first–time, full-time college freshmen (not available for transfer students), with an Unweighted High School or WKU college freshman GPA of 3.6 or ACT composite score of 23 or SAT composite score of 1130 or above. 

  • For consideration, please complete the GNA Application, and send electronically to nursing@wku.edu
  • GNA Applications must be submitted after student has received WKU ID number and WKU email address
  • GNA Applications must be submitted during student's freshman year of study at WKU
  • If awarded a GNA, students must maintain full-time status, a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester, and a grade of  "B" or above in the following courses:  BIOL 131, BIOL 231, BIOL 207,  CHEM 109, NURS 102, and NURS 324.
  • GNA students who maintain the above standards will be guaranteed admission to WKU BSN program in either the Fall or Spring semester on or before the third year.  If the student is not able to enroll in the BSN program during this timeframe for any reason, the student will forfeit the GNA status and must reapply to the nursing program with the general applicant pool to compete for a space in the BSN program.
  • GNA Application  

The BSN program will accept applications of students who have been dismissed from a nursing program on a case-by-case basis. Students who are accepted under this policy must repeat the entire BSN (upper division nursing) curriculum. Students seeking readmission after WKU BSN program withdrawal or dismissal must apply for readmission to the Academic Standards committee and the BSN program by February 1 (for fall admission) or by September 1 (for spring admission). Readmission is contingent upon meeting admissions criteria, committee approval, and space availability.



Estimated Cost


For more information on tuition cost at WKU, please click here.

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.



To learn more about the BSN program at WKU, contact the nursing office.

To schedule a tour of our Medical Health Sciences Complex (MCHC), please contact the School of Nursing and Allied Health by phone at 270-745-3391.



BSN Nursing Handbook





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