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Information for Prospective Students

How to Select  the RIGHT Nursing Program:

Start by Reading Critical Information for Students and Parents


Can YOU be a Nurse?

Generally, to be a nurse in the U.S., there are a few requirements that you should know about.

1. You must be proficient in the English Language. At WKU School of Nursing, we check this using the TOFEL exam. See our requirements here.

2. You must graduate from a qualifying nursing program. Our WKU nursing programs all meet this requirement.

3. You must pass the NCLEX-RN exam after graduation to obtain license to practice as a registered nurse (RN). All of our pre-licensure programs prepare you to pass this exam.

4. You must pass a criminal background check and have no prior felony convictions, and no misdemeanors related to the practice of nursing. This last is determined on a case by case basis, if you have questions about this, please contact us and we will review your information. You also will be subjected to random drug screens to assure that you are not using drugs during the nursing program and at most places that employ nurses.

5. You must have a valid Social Security number.

6. You must meet basic health and saftey requirements to participate in clinical rotations. This includes routine childhood vaccinations, annual flu shots, TB testing and COVID vaccinations. You must also have the minimum physical, mental and emotional capabilities to perform nursing tasks in a variety of clinical settings.   See more information.

7. You must apply for a license in at least one state. This license can then be transferred to any other state in the US, by applying to the relevant state board of nursing.  In addition to graduating from a qualified nursing program and passing the NCLEX licensure exam, each state may have additional requirements for licensure. Common requirements are fingerprints, criminal background checks, drug screen etc. Some states require additional continuing education hours on specific topics and may require the applicant to pass an online quiz on those topics to demonstrate competency. These additional requirements will be outlined on the board of nursing's website for each state, and may change on a yearly basis. Please see the relevant state's board of nursing website for additional details.


WKU School of Nursing General Information

FAQ about WKU's School of Nursing

BSN Program Virtual Tour

Nursing Program Options - Chart Resource (Transfer Course Equivalencies)

Selecting a Nursing Program

Scholarship Information

Student Policies, Handbooks, & Forms


How to get Started 

First Step - Apply for Admission at WKU - This allows WKU to assign you an advisor. 

Second Step - Work with your advisor to select the right nursing program for YOU.


For more information about all of our Programs, including entry requirements and example courses, Click on the Program Link in the black header at the top of this page. 





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 Last Modified 7/14/23