School of Nursing

Admission to the School of Nursing

 Prospective Nursing students must apply for and be granted regular admission to Western Illinois University, declare Pre-Nursing, and apply to the School of Nursing after acceptance to the University. Prospective RN-BSN Completion students can also indicate pre-nursing on the admission form.

Admission to Pre-Nursing

Individuals who wish to major in Nursing and enter the Pre-Nursing program will declare their intent with Admissions and submit an additional application to the School of Nursing. For new freshmen, the application for the School of Nursing includes a review of the student's high school transcript, ACT score, and a 500-word essay about the student's motivation to become a licensed nurse. For new transfer and current WIU students, their applications to the School of Nursing will be reviewed on the basis of all previous collegiate coursework and their essay. Special emphasis will be placed on the student's high school grades and ACT subject scores in math and science.  New freshman admitted into the Pre-Nursing program typically have an ACT composite score of 22 or higher and a high school academic GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. For new transfer students and current WIU students, their application to the School of Nursing will be reviewed on the basis of all previous collegiate coursework and their essays. There is no guarantee that students who are in the Pre-Nursing program will be admitted to the Nursing major. Please note that admission to the Nursing major is highly competitive.

If a student is not selected for early admission to the School of Nursing or placed in the Pre-Nursing program, the student is placed in a program where the General Education and Nursing support course requirements can be completed. All General Education and Nursing support courses must be satisfactorily completed by August 1 for Fall semester admission into the nursing major.

New freshman may be selected for early admission to the Nursing major on the basis of their application to the School of Nursing. Students selected for early admission typically have an ACT composite score of 28 or higher. Students selected for early admission are guaranteed placement into the Nursing major if they maintain an overall WIU GPA and Nursing support course GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher. The students admitted via the Early Admission classification must be enrolled full-time at Western Illinois University while completing his/her prerequisite coursework and General Education requirements unless the student receives prior approval from his/her academic advisor. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the program. The number of students admitted into the major may vary from year to year, depending on program capacity and qualifications of students in the pool. Students granted early admission into the major will complete the admission packet and submit the required paperwork by March 1 to retain their seat in the program.

Admission to the Pre-Licensure Program

 Students who wish to apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the major as a Nursing student must:

  1. Have a completed application on file in the School of Nursing no later than March 1 for admission to the next Fall semester and October 1 for admission to Spring semester.
  2. Provide evidence of English language proficiency by obtaining a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and successfully completing the English as a Second Language Program through the WESL Institute by August 1 for Fall semester admission and by January 2 for Spring semester admission. A satisfactory minimal passing TOEFL score is 560 paper-based, 220 computer-based, or an 83 on the internet Based Version (iBT). Only students whose native language is English are exempt from the English proficiency requirements.
  3. Complete all General Education and /Nursing support course requirements by August 1 for Fall semester admission or January 2 for Spring semester.
  4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all post-secondary work and for all Nursing support courses. The Nursing support courses listed below must have a grade of C+ (2.33) or better. All Nursing support courses must be completed within the last five years. For Nursing support courses more than five years old, the student must submit a portfolio to the School of Nursing Committee for Admission, Progression and Retention detailing his/her work experiences and continuing education (CE)(requires documentation) since completing the course(s). The five-year requirement for Nursing support courses may be waived for those students who have maintained continuous work experience related to the Nursing support courses or have continuous continuing education (CE) in Nursing related to the Nursing support courses. Individuals without documented current knowledge may have to take current Nursing support course.  See list below.
  5. Secure letters of reference from two professional references one academic (i.e. instructor or professor) and one employer (i.e. supervisor).
  6. By August 1 before Fall admissions, provide documentation to Certified Background for verification that all health and safety requirements for the School of Nursing are met. Health requirements are different from the standard University requirements. (Students are responsible for all costs incurred for admission as well as ongoing health requirements).
  7. Students are responsible for all costs incurred for safety requirements as well as ongoing requirements.
    1. Criminal background checks.
    2. Drug Screens
    3. Applicants with a felony conviction or a positive drug screen may be denied entry into the clinical facility for clinical practice. If a student is denied entry into a clinical facility for these reasons, the student must withdraw from the program.

Nursing Support Courses

  1. Zool 330: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  2. Zool 331: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  3. Chem 101: General Chemistry I
  4. Chem 102: General Chemistry II
  5. FCS 109: Introduction to Nutrition
  6. FCS 121: Life Span Development
  7. Micro 200: Introductory Microbiology
  8. Stat 171: General Elementary Statistics

Only one of these courses may be repeated if a grade of C+ (2.33) is not achieved. A student may repeat one course one time.

Admission to the RN-BSN Completion Program

Individuals who are registered nurses with either an Associates degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing will first be admitted to Western Illinois University and request the RN-BSN Completion Program. RN students may apply to the School of Nursing for admission to the Nursing major after all General Education and support course requirements have been satisfied. who wish to apply for admission to the Nursing major as an RN-BSN Completion nursing student must:

  1. Have a completed application on file with the Nursing Program Director no later than August 1 for admission for the next fall semester.
  2. Submit a current copy of the License as a Registered Professional Nurse issued by the state of current residence and practice.
  3. Provide evidence of English language proficiency by obtaining a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Second Language Program through the WESL Institute by August 1 for Fall semester admission or by January 2 for Spring semester admission.
  4. Complete (or transfer in) all General Eduction and Nursing support course requirements by August 1 for Fall semester admission. There are 60 semester hours of General Education and Nursing support course requirements.
  5. Have a minimum cumulative grade of C+ (2.33 on a 4.0 scale) for all post-secondary coursework. The following nursing support courses (or comparable courses) must have a grade of C+ (2.33 on a 4.0 scale) or better.
    1. All nursing courses taken for the associate degree or diploma in nursing.
    2. Eng 180, Eng 280, Comm 241, Psy 100, and Soc 100.
    3. Nursing support courses equivalent to:
      Zool 330 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
      Zool 331 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
      Chem 101 General Chemistry I*
      Chem 102 General Chemistry II
      FSC 109 Introduction to Nutrition
      FCS 121 Introduction to Life Span Development
      Micro 200 Introduction to Microbiology
      Stat 171 General Elementary Statistics
      Note: Only one of these courses may be repeated if a grade of C+ (2.33 on a 4.0 scale) was not achieved. A student may repeat one course one time. Admission will be denied to any student who received a second grade of less than C+ (2.33 on a 4.0 scale). *The Chem 101 and chem 102 requirement may be waived if the Chemistry course the student completed [at least a C+ (2.33)] was at the college level and included organic chemistry, and the Natural Sciences and Mathematics General Education requirement has been met. The credit hour requirement is not waived, and the student must complete 125 semester hours required for the degree.
  6. Secure letters of reference from two professional references, one academic and one employer.
  7. By August 1 before Fall semester admission, provide documentation to Certified Background for verification that all School of Nursing health and safety requirements have been met.

This program is highly competitive. Meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.