Preparing to Apply

Students interested in applying to the WSU Pre-Licensure Nursing program should review the following information to ensure all requirements are met before applying.

Pre-nursing students must complete prerequisite courses in order to be eligible to apply to the Pre-Licensure (Generic Option) nursing major. Prerequisites include:

Natural Sciences

     BIOL 211
    Anatomy & Physiology I
     BIOL 212 Anatomy & Physiology II
     BIOL 209  Microbiology
     CHEM 210 or  General, Organic & Biochemistry
     -CHEM 212 and  Principles of Chemistry I
     -CHEM 213 
     Principles of Chemistry II
     HERS 205 or  Nutrition for Lifetime Wellness
     -BIOL 206  Normal Nutrition

    Social Sciences

     PSY 210
     Introduction to Psychological Science 
     PSY 250  Developmental Psychology
     SOC 150  Introduction to Sociology
     SOC 212  Sociology of Families

      Additional requirements

       ENG 111
       College Reading & Writing
       STAT 110 or equivalent
       Fundamentals of Statistics

      Prior to beginning the upper division nursing major, students also complete General Education Program courses required by the university.

      See the university catalog for course descriptions.

      See Example Sequences to see how a student could complete prerequisites and General Education Program courses during the student’s first four semesters. 

      To be eligible to apply to the major, students must:

      • Be declared as nursing candidates (PNUG or PNGE) as of the application due date
      • Have at least the following prerequisites completed with a grade of C or better:
        • At least 4 of 5 Natural Sciences (at least 3 lab courses, not including Nutrition). If a student chooses to complete CHEM 212 and 213, the student may apply after completing 4 of 6 natural sciences.
        • At least 3 of 4 Social Sciences
        • English 111 or equivalent
        • Statistics 110 or equivalent
        • Any remaining prerequisites must be completed before starting the major.
      • Have completed natural and social science prerequisites within the last 5 years, and English and statistics within the last 10 years.
      • Have completed at least 45 credit hours
      • Complete Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) just before applying. The TEAS may be taken only once, and should be taken the semester of application to the nursing program. See TEAS FAQ (PDF) for more information.
      • Meet minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 3.5 for Preferred or 3.3 for General Admission. (See FAQs for more information about Preferred and General Admission.) 

      All applications are scored and ranked based on the following Admission Criteria: 60% GPA in nursing prerequisite courses (calculated on the 3 most recent natural sciences, not including nutrition, 3 most recent social sciences, English and statistics), 20% TEAS score, 15% starting coursework at WSU or RCTC, 5% not repeating or withdrawing from any nursing prerequisite course.

      See the Typical Program Plan for additional information.

      Additional requirements to be completed before a student begins the upper division nursing major:

      • Be certified as a nursing assistant, and be listed as “active” on a Nursing Assistant Registry within the United States
      • Be certified in CPR for One & Two Person, Infant, Child and Adult (only American Heart Association or American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.)
      • Provide a copy of CNA & CPR certifications to the Nursing Department
      • Pass Minnesota and/or Wisconsin and National background checks to be eligible for clinical experiences
      • Complete Health Information forms required by the Nursing Department

      See CNA and CPR FAQs (PDF) for more information.

      Nursing department policies and requirements are subject to change. Updates will be posted on this website.