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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is WKU Regionally Accredited? WIll you accept transfer courses?

WKU is regionally accredited by SACS-COC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges), which means that we can accept transfer courses, but only from other accredited universities.  National accreditation is not a substitute for Regional Accreditation and will not work if you need to transfer coursework to a regionally accredited university.  To learn more about this please review the following link. To see how a specific course taken at a regionally accredited university will transfer to WKU, please see the WKU transfer page.

 Do WKU Nursing Programs have full Nursing Accreditation?

Yes,  in addition to having SACS-COC approval, all WKU nursing programs are  accredited by professional nursing organizations.  The BSN and Higher programs at WKU are accredited by AACN-CCNE. The ASN program is accredited by ACEN. In addition all WKU nursing programs are approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

 What is the NCLEX Passrate for students graduating from the WKU Nursing Programs?

NCLEX passrates vary from year to year, but the average for the past 5 years has been 83% or above for the ASN program, and 95% or above for the BSN program. To find out the passrates for any nursing program in Kentucky, see the KBN NCLEX website.

Does WKU have an Associate Degree or a Baccalaureate Degree program?

WKU has several ways for you to advance your nursing career. If you are currently an LPN, you can become a Registered Nurse by entering the online LPN to ASN program. If you are currently an RN, you can obtain your BSN by entering the online RN to BSN program.  If you are just getting started in nursing, then you should register for the Baccalaureate Degree Program (BSN).

How do I get a nursing advisor?

Pre-Nursing students at WKU are all assigned a pre-nursing advisor from one of the professional full time advisors in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) in the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS). You have to change your major to pre-nursing on TopNet to trigger this event, but after that you should be assigned an advisor. If you are not a WKU student, we can not assign an advisor to you, but general questions will be answered by the program support staff. See the individual nursing programs website for information on the program contact person. 

 Do I have to take an entrance exam?

You must complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam prior to applying to the program. This exam is required for students seeking admission into one or both of the WKU nursing programs. It evaluates general knowledge in areas of Anatomy and Physiology, Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Grammar to assess each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Scores on this exam will be a part of the admissions process.

I hear the Nursing programs at WKU are hard to get into. How many people apply and are accepted each semester?

Nursing is one of the most popular programs at WKU, and we have limited numbers of faculty and clinical sites. Currently, the BSN program is restricted to 120 students per semester. While it changes from year to year, we usually have between 150-175 people apply for the program each semester. Students are ranked by their GPA, science grades, completion of prerequisite courses and HESI exam scores. The top 120 students are sent admission letters, and the remaining students who are eligible are placed on the alternate list. If any of the first 120 students decide not to accept admission to the program, then students on the alternate list are allowed to take their place.

What is Guaranteed Nursing Admission and do I qualify for this?

Guaranteed Nursing Admission (GNA formerly GEA) is a way for qualified students to reserve seats in the WKU BSN program. Because this program is designed to attract highly qualified students to WKU, it is only for first –time, full time college freshman and is not available for transfer students. Students seeking the GNA must have an ACT composite score of 23 or above and complete all college coursework at WKU.  Students granted the GNA must complete all pre-requiste courses and maintain a grade of B in Chem 109, Biol 131, Biol 231, Bio 207, Bio 208, NURS 102 and NURS 324 beginning in Spring 2018 and have an overall GPA of 3.0. You must also meet basic health, immunization and core standards for nursing. GNA students who maintain the above standards will be guaranteed admission to the WKU BSN program to start the nursing courses in either the fall or the spring semester their Junior year at WKU.  See  GNA Form to apply.

 What about Tattoos and other types of Body Art?

This is a very conservative part of the US, and while the university does not have any rules about tattoos or body jewelry, some agencies where nursing students participate in clinical courses prohibit visible tattoos or body jewelry.  If the jewelry can be removed and if the tattoo will be hidden from sight while in uniform, this is fine. But if you have a face, hand, or other tattoo that cannot be hidden, you may not be allowed in some clinical agencies.

Do I have to get immunized?

You must meet all of the health standards for communicable disease, including having all required vaccinations up to date. This also includes annual flu vaccination and TB testing. Our clinical agency partners do not allow any exceptions to this requirement as of 2014. 

Do I have to be a WKU student to apply?

Yes, all applicants must be officially accepted by WKU before being considered for admission to the Nursing program. Applications to the university may be obtained by calling 270-745-2511 or online at: http://www.wku.edu/atwku/admissions.php

What if English is not my first language?

A certain level of English proficiency is necessary for academic success in nursing as well as for patient safety. In addition to the University requirements, all applicants to the School of Nursing for whom English is not their native language (including international and/or U.S. residents) must meet additional requirements. For a list of these requirements please click here.

If I am not accepted into the program, what can I do to improve my chances of getting in?

You may re-apply if you are not accepted into the program. Often students who are not successful on the first attempt are able to take additional classes, increase their GPA, and thus be successful when they re-apply. If your science grades are a C, you may consider re-taking the class to increase your grade, particularly if you feel you could improve it to an “A”. This will greatly improve your chances of admission.  Also, re-taking the HESI can greatly improve your chances as well.

How many classes can I re-take to improve my GPA?

WKU has a policy that limits the number of courses you can re-take. You may repeat a maximum of 6 classes or 18 hours (whichever comes first). So while you can repeat a course you must be careful not to use too many hours in the “retake” category. If you use all of the hours before you come into nursing, then if you need to repeat a nursing course you would be out of hours and would not be able to complete the program.

I want to transfer from another college to WKU. How can I find out which of my classes will transfer and what they will count towards?

Go to the website below and select the college you want to transfer from. Select the classes you have taken and it will tell you the WKU class it will transfer as.

http://www.wku.edu/admissions/transfer/index.php

I have a disability, can I still be a nurse?

Nursing students must be able to meet the core requirements as outlined by the Southern Regional Educational Board for Nursing (See Core Standards for details).  This includes the ability to see, hear, feel, and move about in the clinical setting in order to respond to patient needs.  Reasonable accommodation to assist you to meet these standards is allowed, but the accommodation (special stethoscopes or whatever) must enable you to meet the standards by yourself. You can not have a second person perform the required skill or assessment for you. You must also be able to perform in a wide range of settings, which may not allow for large physical devices. 

For those with learning disabilities, you should be aware that nursing is highly regulated and therefore accommodation for learning disabilities is also highly regulated. No accommodation will be provided unless the student meets the criteria for accommodation established by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). This includes requests for additional time for testing. If you think you have a need for additional testing time, please see the WKU Nursing Student Handbook for details on the type of documentation you will need to obtain accommodation for learning disabilities once you enter the nursing program. Please note, obtaining additional testing time within the nursing program does not guarantee that you will be granted additional time on the NCLEX, you will have to apply for that at the time you are approved to take the licensure exam and approval will be granted by the NCSBN, not WKU.

I have more questions, who do I call or email?

If you are an LPN, please contact Dr Lora Moore:  lora.moore@wku.edu 270-780-2506

If  you are an RN, please contact  Dr Lori Alexander:  lori.alexander@wku.edu 270-745-2391

If you are not currently a nurse, please contact Dr Sherry Lovan:  sherry.lovan@wku.edu  270-745-3391

 


 

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