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Selecting a Nursing Program - Chart Resource

Know Before You Go: Click to Learn how to Select A Nursing Program - Critical Information For Students and Parents 


WKU has several nursing programs for different types of students.

The information listed below will help you find the Information that is right for YOU. 

 IF this describes YOU

 AND YOU are interested in…….


  THEN you should   review 

   Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 

 Basic Registered Nursing 

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

 LPN to ASN Program

High school diploma and ability to attend nursing classes full-time

 Professional Registered Nursing Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

 BSN program

 Want to Transfer from a KCTCS Community College or from VOL State in TN and you are NOT currently enrolled in a KCTCS nursing program

Professional Registered Nursing Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

  How to Transfer Guide

 Are currently a pre-nursing student at University of Kentucky

Professional Registered Nursing  Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

UK Transfer Student Guide 

 Are currently taking classes at another College  or University and want to transfer to WKU Nursing

 Professional Registered Nursing   Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

 Transfer Student  Entry Guide

  BS or BA degree in a field other than nursing

 Professional Registered Nursing   Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

 Second Degree Entry Guide

  Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing (Must have RN License at the time of program entry) 

Professional Registered Nursing   Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

 RN to BSN program

Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

 Becoming a Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator - Graduate Program

 MSN program

  Baccalaureate in Science Nursing (BSN)

Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner 

BSN to DNP Program

  Master’s in Science Nursing  (MSN)

 Obtaining a Post-Master's Certification in a nursing specialty

 Post Masters  Certification

Master's in Science Nursing  (MSN)


Doctor of Nursing Practice

 DNP program

Graduate of a Foreign Nursing School

Becoming a student in a WKU Nursing Program

See Kentucky Regulations for information on obtaining licensure in KY

 Speak English as a Second Language

 Becoming a student in a WKU Nursing Program

 See ESL Requirements for WKU School of Nursing


TIMELINE INFO: Preparing to enter the BSN and ASN nursing programs and the application process usually takes more time than students think it will. Generally the application deadlines are in January for students wanting to start the actual  nursing program in August. For those seeking to start nursing classes in January you should apply in July. But prior to  nursing application all WKU students should have advisement through the ACE advisement lab. Transfer students must contact the WKU nursing program they are interested in for assistance. Not all classes from other colleges will transfer, so it is best to get advice before you take classes anywhere and try to transfer them in later.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions Page also http://www.wku.edu/nursing/nursingfaq.php




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 Last Modified 3/14/18