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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is for those interested in becoming a Registered Nurse. Upon graduation from WCU with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program our graduates will be able to function as a self-direction professional and should have the knowledge and skills necessary to begin a career as a profession nurse.

In addition to meeting West Chester University entrance requirements, applicants for nursing must have completed work equal to a standard high school curriculum, consisting of a minimum of 16 units.

High school students or graduates interested in the BSN program:

High school students who are interesting in applying to the nursing program are advised to take biology (including anatomy and physiology), chemistry, and psychology courses if they are available.

If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the Admissions office or call 610-436-3411.

Students wishing to enter WCU in the Fall of next year should have their applications submitted for admission to the Nursing major as early as you can.

The Admissions Department will screen applications and then extend offers to the most qualified applicants. If you are not offered admission to the Nursing major, but are offered admission to another major or undeclared major please be aware that transferring into the program later is unlikely to occur.

Interest in nursing is currently very high so admission to the major will be very competitive.

Clinical Experiences & Career Outlook

 

Students in the BSN program have a wide variety of clinical experiences including acute care, community health, day care centers, schools, retirement centers, nursing homes, and veterans hospitals. Individualized instruction is provided in the clinical setting with a 1:8 faculty/student ratio. A learning laboratory is available on campus to allow students to practice their psychomotor skills prior to actual contact with clients. BSN graduates have obtained jobs in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community agencies, physicians' offices, etc. Most BSN graduates continue on with graduate study after a few years of experience as a professional nurse.

Please see the WCU Undergraduate Handbook  for special requirements for clinical practica.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has more information about the occupational outlook for Registered Nurses.

The American Nurses Association has documents summarizing the Employment and Earnings of Registered Nurses as of 2010  and a discussion on the Nurse Hiring Outlook and Industry Trends .

Advance-2-BSN (Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Program)

  • Advance2BSN Cohort 14 admissions are complete. Thank you to all who applied to this very competitive program
  • Cohort 15 applications will be accepted from June 1 to August 30, 2018. Check the new Application Guide for details.

The Advance-2-BSN program is for the student with a previously earned baccalaureate degree who wants to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Upon successful completion of the program graduates are then be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council on Licensure Examination for the RN) for licensure as a Registered Nurse. This intensive 18-month program builds upon the student's previous education.

Advance-2-BSN Program Information

  • One cohort of 40 students is accepted each year. Each cohort begins at the end of May and graduates December of the next year.
  • The next cohort to be admitted is Cohort 15 that runs from May 2019 to December 2020.
  • Follows the same curriculum as the traditional BSN program but at an accelerated pace.
  • Costs are the same tuition and fees as the traditional BSN program. Billing is by semester.
    • Total tuition and fees for the 18-months are around $24000 in-state and $45000 out-of-state (subject to change).
    • Additional expenses are required for textbooks, online study aides, equipment, uniforms, and legal compliance checks that total around $4000.
  • Classes are held weekdays in the summer semesters. In the fall and spring semesters classes are held weekdays with clinicals on weekends. This is subject to change.

Advance-2-BSN: Application Information

The Cohort 15 Program and Application Guide is now posted. See the Guide for the revised application process for 2018

The Advance-2-BSN Program & Application Guide  is 23-page PDF document that explains the requirements for admission, the application procedure, a FAQ, and course descriptions for Cohort 15.
UPDATE: New Guide, Version "January 2018" is now posted at the Guide Button below.

  • The next cohort to be admitted is Cohort 15. No applications are being accepted to Cohort 14 that starts in 2018.
  • Cohort 15 applications will be accepted from June 1 to August 31, 2018. Interviews will be conducted in September 2018.
  • TEAS exam must be completed by August 31, 2018 to reach interview stage.
  • You may apply with some missing or in-progress prerequisites. Priority is given to those with the most completed, particularly the science courses. All must be completed before beginning the program.

For questions about the program please first read the Program Information and Application Guide The latest guide is dated January 2018. If that document does not answer your question please send an e-mail to the Advance 2 BSN Coordinator, Dr. Carolyn Meehan at cmeehan@wcupa.edu.

For questions about the online application form please contact WCU Admissions or call 610-436-3411.

The West Chester Advantage & Career Outlook

  • WCU is a Kiplinger's "Best Buy."
  • All nursing courses are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants.
  • Students are taught by clinical experts in their area of specialization.
  • Students learn skills in a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory.
  • Students are accepted into "cohorts" fostering group learning and support.
  • A faculty advisor is assigned to each student upon admission.
  • Payment is by the semester, not a lump sum up front like some other programs.
  • WCU NCLEX-RN nursing board first-time passing rate has ranged from 90 to 100% for the last 10 cohorts.
  • As a recent graduate stated: "It was a tough program, but I think we all learned a lot...I am happy to say I...got my dream position as a NICU RN."

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has more information about the occupational outlook for Registered Nurses.

The American Nurses Association has documents summarizing the Employment and Earnings of Registered Nurses as of 2010  and a discussion on the Nurse Hiring Outlook and Industry Trends .

RN to BSN (BSN for Currently Registered Nurses)

The RN to BSN curriculum is specially designed for licensed Registered Nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. You must currently be a licensed Registered Nurse (or near graduation from an ADN program) to enroll in this program.

Applications to the RN to BSN program are done as Transfers through the Admissions Department.

  • Be sure to indicate you are applying to the RN to BSN program as your Major.
  • Applicants must have a minimum Higher Education cumulative GPA of 2.75 (out of 4).
  • No letters of recommendation are necessary.

If you have applied and have questions or concerns about the application process or the status of your application please contact the Admissions Department directly.

If you have questions please contact Dr. John Taylor at JTaylor@wcupa.edu.

Credit for Previous Nursing Experience (Nursing Credits)

  • Transfer Credit 
    Most students will be able to transfer credit in for 28 credits of nursing courses including the following courses: NSG 212, NSL 212, NSG 312, NSL 312, NSG 411, NSL 411
  • Waiver of Courses 
    Includes content generally taught in nursing programs; Pathophysiology (BIO 307), Abnormal Psychology (PSY 375)
  • General Education Requirements 
    Required by WCU for all students (48 credits) 
    Includes courses in English composition, mathematics, communication, a Diverse Communities course, an Interdisciplinary course, basic behavioral and social sciences, the arts and humanities, and free electives. Many of these may be transferred from previous educational experiences.
  • CLEP Opportunities 
    Credit for life experience (CLEP) exams are accepted for many of the courses offered at West Chester University. Applicants must see Registrar page for accepted courses and where the exam can be taken.
  • Required nursing courses at WCU (21 credits) 
    Three courses (each course has a theory and a focused clinical assignments): 
    NSG 311, NSL 311; NSG 412, NSL 412; as well as NSG 325 and NSG 313
  • The theoretical components of both of these courses are offered one night a week to accommodate the RN population. Focused clinical assignments are individualized to meet the students' learning needs and are often completed independently or in groups with the guidance of a faculty member.

RN to BSN: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the program? 
    It varies with each student. Everyone comes in with a different number of credits and prerequisites so what they have to take varies. Everyone has to have 120 credits to graduate, (30 credits must be taken at WCU). It is up to you if you want to do it quickly or gradually.
  • Can I manage work and this program? 
    This program was developed with the working nurse in mind. All of our students work full-time and most have families and still manage to do well in the program.
  • Is your program online? 
    Portions are online in what we call a hybrid of classroom and online. RN-BSN students value the interaction/exchange that occurs in the classroom. While continuing that tradition, this hybrid program utilizes online course management program D2L so the RN-BSN student spends less time in classroom.
  • What does Fast Track mean? 
    The nursing class meets just one night/week for five to six hours. Focused clinical experiences are arranged by the students.
  • What credits transfer? 
    All your appropriate credits will transfer, and West Chester does not charge for transfer credits. 
    Use this link: Self-Service Check for Course Equivalencies to see if courses taken at another college are considered equivalent to WCU courses. If so, you can apply to have the credits transferred to WCU
  • Does WCU accept Excelsior/Correspondence Nursing credits? 
    NO, WCU does not accept these nursing credits.

Internal Transfer

All application materials must be submitted via the internal transfer application link by the specified date and time. Late applications will not be considered. No applications will be accepted via email, mail or in person.

***Please note, students must complete all NSG/NSL 212 prerequisite coursework prior to the application submission. A review of the applicants' degree progress report will be conducted by the internal transfer program coordinator to confirm coursework is complete and the minimum composite GPA has been obtained.

Applying to transfer from an outside institution? Please refer to WCU Undergraduate or External students wishing to transfer to Nursing

Transfer applications are accepted during the fall semester for spring admission into the traditional nursing program. Applicants must be a 2nd year student to apply. The application link will be active during the fall semester when seats are available. Typically, the deadline to apply is Nov. 1st of each year. Please see the internal transfer application link for specific submission date/time information.

On average, the Department on Nursing accepts between 0 - 3 students each year. Transfers will be limited annually to the number that the department can accommodate in a sound educational experience. This number will be determined by such factors as faculty available for clinical supervision, number of clinical assignments available to students, and attrition of nursing students in the nursing program. The department will select qualified applicants who can be accommodated in the upper division nursing courses. Decisions will be made based on the applicant's cumulative grade point average, grades in prerequisite courses, letters of reference, and quality of response on the essay.

State Board of Nursing criteria require that applicants for nursing must have completed work equal to a standard high school course including a minimum of 16 units: four units of English, three units of Social Studies, two units of Mathematics (one of which must be Algebra) and two units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent.

Students who wish to transfer into the Nursing Department are encouraged to attend a transfer information session and/or review the program overview slide show (coming soon) to begin the process. Information on the application process can be obtained at the transfer session or online.

Internal Transfer Application Requirements

Application packets will include the following materials:

  1. If you are an internal transfer student, it will be necessary for you to request an official transcript of all coursework completed, at all institutions you attended. You may ask WCU's Registrar office to send this information to the Nursing Department or have your official transcripts sent from each institution you attended. Transcripts should be sent to: 
    Department of Nursing 
    Attn: Dr. Julie McCulloh Nair 
    Internal Transfer Applicant. 
    930 E Lincoln Highway 
    Exton, PA 19341
  2. Complete the following items found in the application:
    1. Internal Transfer Application
    2. Essay question responses
    3. Acknowledgement signature
    4. Unofficial WCU transcript
  3. Request one letter of reference from a faculty member at West Chester University. The letter must be in pdf format, addressed to Dr. Julie McCulloh Nair, Assistant Chairperson, Department of Nursing and submitted with your application.

Prerequisites NSG/NSL 212 & NSG/NSL 311 or 312

Prerequisite to NSG/NSL 212 students must:

Complete BIO 100, CHE 107, CRL 107, BIO 259, and BIO 269 with a minimum composite GPA of 2.75 in these courses.

*In addition to the above required coursework, the courses listed below are prerequisites to NSG/NSL 311 and 312. If most prerequisite coursework is not completed prior to the application submission, applicants may be denied entry into the nursing program due to the inability to ensure progression into the junior level nursing courses.

Prerequisite to NSG/NSL 311 or 312 students must:

Complete WRT 120; WRT 200, 204, 205, 206, 208 or 220; BIO 204; NSG 310, NTD 303, PSY 100, SOC 200, PSY 210 or HEA 206, and MAT 121 with a minimum of a C- in these courses.

View the sequence of courses within the traditional nursing program.

Prior to junior year clinical placement (NSL 311 or NSL 312), the student will complete all required documentation (health physical, immunizations, drug screening, etc.) as required by the State Board of Nursing. Students will receive more information on this process during NSG/NSL 212. Failure to successfully complete all clearance processes will result in the removal of nursing courses from the student schedule.

Acceptance Notifications

All decisions will be communicated to applicants via email by the program coordinator. Accepted students will be asked to complete the Nursing Department agreement form and a change of major request must be submitted online via the Registrar's webpage. This process will formalize the student's transfer into the Nursing Department. Students should understand that the Department has a commitment only to the clinical year agreed upon. Therefore, student progression within nursing is contingent upon the student's ability to be successful in nursing courses. Students must successfully complete both the NSG and NSL portion of each course in order to move forward within the academic curriculum. Please see course progression as outlined in the BSN handbook .

Internal Transfer: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will it take me to graduate once I start the program? 
    The traditional undergraduate BSN program will take no less than 5 semesters to complete. Core nursing classes are offered in the summer only to our Advanced to BSN (A2B) students at this time. Students in the traditional program are not permitted to enroll in A2B reserved classes.
  • Will I graduate on time? 
    Some students graduate in 4 years as internal transfer students. The time it takes to complete the nursing program is dependent upon the coursework you completed prior to your internal transfer. It is also dependent upon your success with all nursing classes.
  • Will I fall behind other students? 
    This depends on your success with nursing coursework. Not all students are successful with each nursing class and need to repeat a class. If this were to occur, you will be "out of sequence" in the progression plan and it will take longer to complete the nursing program.
  • Must I complete the Pre-requisites before I can apply? 
    YES! You may not apply to the internal transfer program unless the following core science classes are complete and you earned a minimum composite GPA of 2.75 or higher in these courses. BIO 100, CHE 107, CRL 107, BIO 259, and BIO 269
  • If enrolled in the last of the pre-requisites in the fall semester, will I be able to apply for the spring semester? 
    YES, but you will not be accepted until final grades are posted in December. Please note, those who have completed the prerequisite core science classes will receive priority for this program.
  • Can I transfer to WCU and then apply to the nursing program? 
    Yes, but this route is not advised or encouraged. This is a highly competitive application process and there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into our Nursing program once you become a WCU student. Students that enroll in WCU from high school and have made an earnest attempt in another major, but found nursing is their calling receive priority for this program. Applications from students that transfer into WCU with the sole purpose of applying to our nursing program will be reviewed, only after our established students (those beginning their academic career at WCU) have been accommodated. Please note, interest in this program has always been very high and we usually have 7 to 10 times the number of students applying to the program than what we can accommodate.
  • Can I submit an internal transfer application if I am not a current WCU student? 
    NO, we only accept internal transfers into our program, therefore, you must be a WCU student to apply.
  • Are there other options at WCU Nursing for me? 
    YES! If you are serious about Nursing, consider a two-year nursing program at a community college or diploma program. You can complete a RN program in 2 years, then transfer into WCU's RN-BSN program to complete the last two years of bachelor's course work. Many students go to the local community colleges first, and then transfer to WCU to complete their BSN degrees while working as an RN. Health care facilities often pay for the students to complete their BSN coursework, so not only are you working as an RN, your employer is also paying for two years of your college education. Please consider this an alternative route into Nursing!

Accreditation

CCNE

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing programs at West Chester University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org

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