Generally, to be a nurse in the U.S., there are a few requirements that you should
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 BSN and ASN programs both
meet this requirement
3. You must pass the NCLEX exam after graduation to obtain an RN license (our student's
success rate is over 95% for the BSN program, and over 85% for the ASN program).
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.
5. You must have a valid Social Security number.
6. You must have the minimum physical, mental and emotional capabilities to perform
nursing tasks in a variety of clinical settings. See more information.