Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Traditional Option

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Wichita State University prepares students for entry-level professional nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings and provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The BSN prepared nurse receives education to:

  • provides direct and indirect patient care;
  • coordinates, design, and manage the care of patients;
  • be members of the profession;
  • be patient advocates;
  • practice in a variety of heath care settings;
  • care for a diverse population
Key Program Features

Key Program Features

  • Earn professional qualification. Students completing this program are qualified for entry-level nursing positions in all healthcare settings as well as graduate level study.
  • Receive national preparation. The BSN degree prepares students to take the national RN licensing exam and become registered nurses.
  • High National RN Licensing Pass Rates. Our students have consistently been above the national average for passing the RN licensing exam.
  • Clinical Experience. This program provides students hands-on training through laboratory, simulation, and clinical experiences. Over 1000 hours of clinical experience is completed during the program.
  • Capstone. Students spend a dedicated 5-week clinical rotation, with an RN, in a clinical setting, prior to graduation. Capstone begins the transition from student to practice.
Traditional Admission Criteria

Traditional Admission Criteria

  • Minimum criteria must be met in order to be admitted to the traditional nursing program:
  • Admitted to WSU as a degree bound, active, undergraduate student
  • No more than 6 credit hours of general education or elective courses left to complete at the start of the nursing program
  • Meet application deadline of February 1 (fall start) or September 1 (spring start)
  • Meets one of the following score requirements:
    • TEAS minimum passing scores (See TEAS Test webpage)
    • ACT composite of 27 or higher
    • SAT composite of 1125 or higher
  • Fully completed application packet submitted by application deadline
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • If student has taken courses at WSU, they must have a minimum 2.00 institution GPA
  • 3.00 cumulative GPA in the following science courses
    • Chemistry*
    • Anatomy and Physiology*
    • Microbiology*
    • Pathophysiology
    • Clinical Pharmacology
  • *Must be complete and on transcript at time of application

Selection Rubric

GPA Total

  • Points in this criteria will be given by calculating your GPA total multiplied by 10
    (e.g. 3.65x10=36 points).
  • Maximum of 40 points allowed.

Science Grade

  • Points under the science criteria will be given by combiningthe total from all three course attempts.
  • Points are allocated according to grade assigned under each attempt.
    • Grade for 1st Attempt: A=10 pts.; B=7 pts.; C=0 pts.
    • Grade for 2nd Attempt: A=7 pts.; B=3 pts.; C=0 pts. 
    • Grade for 3rd Attempt: A=3 pts.; B=0 pts.; C=0 pts. 
  • Points are awarded based on grades in Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology.
  • Maximum of 30 points allowed.

Healthcare Experience

  • Points are awarded on qualifying experience detailed in the application packet.
  • Maximum 3 points allowed.

Diversity Experience

  • Points are awarded on qualifying experience detailed in the application packet.
  • Maximum 2 points allowed.

Previous Bachelor's Degree

  • Applicants that have earned a Bachelor's degree and have it posted on their transcript at time of application will be awarded two points.
  • Maximum 2 points allowed.

Typed Essay

  • Essay topic is "Why I want to be a nurse."
  • 250 words maximum
  • Maximum 2 points allowed.

Application Packet Accuracy

  • Points are awarded for application packet submission in the following areas
    • Correctly submitting application (1 pt.) 
    • Consistent use of proper grammar (0.5 pt.)
    • No spelling errors (0.5 pt.)
  • With 2 maximum points allowed.
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