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If you are an LPN, EMT, paramedic, military medic/corpsman, or other health care worker with previous training in certain specialties, you can complete your BSN in as little as 20 months (five consecutive semesters) through Wright State’s BSN-Alternative Pre-Licensure Pathway.
This program option evaluates previous health care training to provide college credit if you are employed in one of the career fields mentioned above or have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and have direct patient care experience. A variety of specialized services are available.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
View Bachelor of Science in Nursing program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.
Sample Curriculum Pattern 5 semesters (65 credit hours total)
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits (Total 13)|
|NUR 2124||Intro & Assessment (IW)||7|
|HLT 3400||Pharmacology||3* nursing support course|
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits (Total 16)|
|NUR 3420||Mental Health||6|
|NUR 3480||Care of Adults||7|
|NUR 3200||Family Diversity||3|
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits (Total 11)|
|NUR 3300||Foundations of EBP (IW)||3|
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits (Total 12)|
|NUR 4420||Critical Care||6|
|NUR 4440||Public Health||6|
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits (Total 13)|
|NUR 4460||Leadership Mgmt./Preceptorship||10|
|Elective||3* nursing support course|
MC = Multicultural
IW = Integrated Writing
Additional courses may be needed to fulfill all graduation requirements. 120 semester hours required for BSN.
To be eligible to apply to the undergraduate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student.
Complete by the application deadline date the following admission prerequisite courses or their equivalent with a grade of C or better, maintaining a minimum 2.75 prerequisite GPA:
- Anatomy 2100 (Human Anatomy I)
- Anatomy 2120 (Human Anatomy II)
- English 1100 (Composition I)
- Psychology 1010 (Introductory)
- Psychology 3410 (Lifespan Developmental)
- Chemistry 1020 (Organic)
- Biology 1050, 1070, 1120 or 1150
- Statistics 1600
Students who begin the Anatomy and Physiology series Fall 2015 or beyond must provide evidence of taking both Anatomy and Physiology courses at the same institution in order to ensure coverage of all necessary content prior to starting their nursing series of courses. This requirement will be only be waived for students who provide documentation in the form of a course syllabus or other similar documentation that provides evidence of all required anatomy and physiology content.
Achieve a minimum composite score of 75% on the English language, the science, and the math modules on the HESI A2 Entrance exam.
Complete all undergraduate coursework with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA.
Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process. It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.
Submit an Application for Admission (PDF) to the College of Nursing and Health Student Affairs Office, 160 University Hall. Please attach copies of transcripts from all colleges previously attended and HESI results scores to the application.
May 15 * See below "Special Announcement About Nursing Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Admission"
Complete an interview with an admission panel.
Admission to the College of Nursing and Health is competitive due to constraints of the affiliating clinical facilities and program resources. The most qualified applicants are selected based on the following criteria: achievement of a minimum score on the HESI A2 Entrance exam, admission prerequisite course work GPA, cumulative undergraduate course work GPA, criminal records check and interview.
- The College of Nursing and Health has no waiting list. To be reconsidered for a subsequent admission period, the student must reapply to the program and compete for admission with all other applicants for that period.
- Admitted students may not defer entrance to the program; they must reapply. Prior acceptance does not guarantee acceptance at a later date.
In meeting the admission prerequisite courses or progression requirements:
- Students may repeat any science course once.
- Only two science courses may be repeated.
- All natural science courses must be current (taken within 10 years of acceptance to the program).
All applicants for admission to the nursing program receive consideration regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, creed, age, political views, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.
Special Announcement About Nursing Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Admission
Due to the current COVID-19 public health issue, the Wright State University College of Nursing and Health is extending its deadline to submit the fall 2020 nursing application for its pre-licensure programs from May 15, 2020 to June 15, 2020. It is our hope that this extension will allow students to complete all admission requirements by June 15th (prerequisite courses, background checks, Hesi-A2 score reports). However, since no one knows how long this situation will last, the College encourages any student interested in starting the nursing program this fall to submit an application even if not complete by the new deadline of June 15th. An explanation of why the application is not complete must be submitted.
Please note that priority admission will go to applicants who have met all requirements with incomplete applications reviewed on a case by case basis. It is anticipated that admission offers for fall will be mailed out in late June.
Until this situation is resolved, complete applications should only be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org The nursing application is available at:
Questions of concerns? Please contact Theresa Haghnazarian, Director of Student and Alumni Affairs, College of Nursing and Health, email@example.com or 937-775-2592
All students must have a health status consistent with meeting program objectives and be capable of actively participating in all clinical experiences as certified by a physician or a nurse practitioner prior to entrance into Nursing 2124.
Students entering Nursing 2124 must submit proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification. Students must maintain current proof of CPR recertification throughout the program. The acceptable course meeting the CPR requirement is:
- American Heart Association course: BLS for Health Care Provider (single-rescuer and 2-person, team basic life support with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics)
What is the HESI RN Admission Assessment Exam?
The Evolve Reach RN Admission Assessment Exam (A2) is a computer-based test consisting of a number of separate modules.
What content will be included in the test?
The test has three modules
- English Language which includes reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge and grammar.
- Math focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measure, general math facts, etc.
- Biology covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular, respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
- Chemistry contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations, and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.
- Students will not be tested on anatomy, physiology or physics.
When can I register and take the test?
For the May 15 application deadline: Students must register for the test by May 1. The test must be taken no later than May 8. Normally, a student can take the test within a week after registration.
For the September 15 application deadline: Students must register for the test by September 1. The test must be taken no later than September 8.
What is Wright State University’s Department ID?
How do I register for the test?
To register for your Elsevier I HESI exam, you will need an Evolve student account. If you do not already have one, you can create it at:
Click on the “Register for Distance Testing” link located under HESI Secured Exams. Click on the “Register” button and then “Redeem/Checkout.” You will then create an account. Once you have completed that, you will be taken back to “My Cart” and must hit “Submit.” You can access your login credentials by clicking “My Account” and selecting “Account Settings”. When you return to My Evolve you will see a HESI Assessment section in your Content List. Click the link for “Student Access” to get started.
You will be then taken to the HESI Assessment Homepage. From there click on “Register for Distance Testing Exam” and do the following:
- Enter your school’s ID #: Wright State University Dept. ID is 198996
- Select the appropriate exam: A2 (V1 for the first time taking the exam or V2 for the second time taking the exam)
- Verify and check the box that reads “My Evolve profile is the same as it appears on my government-issued photo ID.”
- Confirm info by selecting the checkbox at the bottom of the page
- Click “Submit” button
You will receive an email Confirmation Notice indicating that you may schedule your exam. Please carefully review the information contained in your Confirmation Notice. If any of the information is incorrect, or if the information has changed, please contact Elsevier Review and Testing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to do so could result in forfeiture of your testing appointment and associated fees. PLEASE NOTE: You will receive your Eligibility ID within 1-3 business days of our receipt of your eligibility request.
Once it is processed, you will receive an email confirming your eligibility and providing instruction that directs you to the Prometric website to schedule and pay for the exam.
If you have problems while registering for the exam (i.e., error messages), please contact Evolve at 800.950.2728 x6935.
What is the cost of the test?
Please visit website for current price of test.
Where can I take the exam?
You can take the test at any Prometric testing center. There is a testing center on Dayton Xenia Road in Beavercreek. Once you follow the registration process listed above, you will receive an email confirming your eligibility and providing instruction that directs you to the Prometric website to schedule and pay for the exam.
How can I prepare for the test?
You can purchase Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3rd Edition (ISBN 978-1455703333) or purchase an online course. The study guide can be purchased at the Wright State bookstore. To purchase the text online and register for the online review go to https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/product/9781455703333?role=student.
Also, you can purchase McGraw-Hill’s Nursing School Entrance Exams, 2rd Edition (ISBN 978-0071810494).
How far in advance of entering the nursing program can I take the test?
Wright State University College of Nursing and Health has no age limit on the test scores. You may take the test at any time.
How much time is allotted to take the test?
Students are permitted four hours to complete the test.
What score must I achieve to be eligible for admission to Wright State University College of Nursing and Heath?
You must achieve a composite score of 75% on each subject area of the test.
What if I am unsuccessful my first attempt on the HESI A2?
There are two versions of the exam. You are allowed to test once on each version within a 6 month period. You may register for the exam and only take the sections that need an improved score, but you will be required to pay the full price for the exam.
If you do not pass the HESI RN Assessment Exam on your second attempt, you are no longer eligible to apply for admission to Wright State University College of Nursing and Health.
The BSN graduate will:
- Meet the requirements for graduation which encompasses the arts, the sciences, and nursing for the basis of professional nursing practice. (Essential I)
- Use basic organizational and systems leadership skills for client safety and quality client care. (Essential II)
- Integrates current relevant evidence in professional nursing practice. (Essential III)
- Implement health care information technology in the management of client care. (Essential IV)
- Analyze legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care. (Essential V)
- Use effective interpersonal and interprofessional communication and collaboration to improve client health outcomes. (Essential VI)
- Implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions at the individual and community levels to improve population health. (Essential VII)
- Exhibit professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (Essential VIII)
- Practice at a baccalaureate nurse generalist level with clients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings; considering the variation, complexity, and resources necessary for the provision of care. (Essential IX)