Degrees and Certificates

Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

2019 NCLEX® Passing Rate

  • Wright State College of Nursing and Health: 97.81%
  • National Average: 86.25%
  • State of Ohio: 88.18%
  • Graduate certification exam pass rates: 100%

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Why Choose Nursing?

The College of Nursing and Health offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


Nurses care for individuals and families from birth to death in local as well as international communities. Workplace environments can include newborn nurseries to elderly care facilities and school clinics to the World Health Organization. A nursing education prepares you to participate in research to improve the health of people and/or improve health care practices.

Real-World Experience

The college has contracts with over 200 agencies in the area including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, county health departments, nursing homes, school systems, senior citizens centers, and daycare centers which can be used for clinical experiences and/or research.  Students are introduced to the varied aspects of nursing through theory and research in the classroom. Outside the classroom, students will have clinical experiences in health assessment, maternity, pediatrics, adult health, community health, mental health, and complex care settings. Nursing students complete over 950 hours in clinical practice, laboratory, and simulated settings. Based on space availability, classes and clinical experiences may be offered days, evenings or weekends.

Academics and Curriculum

View Bachelor of Science in Nursing program information, all degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.

All students admitted to the nursing program prior to Spring 2017 should review the posted undergraduate student handbook for their pattern and program of study.


Program Description

The Wright State University College of Nursing and Health undergraduate nursing program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. An honors program is available for students with superior academic ability. 

The program offers two on-campus pre-licensure pathways to the B.S.N. based on student qualifications:  (1) the traditional pathway for students who are admitted to the program in their sophomore year or direct admit from high school pathway, and (2) the alternative pre-licensure pathway for students who have prior health care-related experience/training including but not limited to military medical training, Emergency Medical training (EMT), training as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or students holding a bachelor of science degree and also have direct patient care experience.  Option 1 is offered both at the Dayton and the Lake campuses. Option 2 is offered on the Dayton campus only.

The professional nurse is increasingly being viewed as the nucleus of the health care system, as well as serving as an advocate for health care consumers. Therefore, Wright State's program prepares self-directed graduates who can function as generalists in a number of settings and work in collaboration with other health professionals to coordinate and improve the health care of individuals, families, and communities.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Wright State is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Graduates of the pre-licensure pathways are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed as registered nurses.


Admission to the College of Nursing and Health is competitive due to constraints of the affiliating clinical facilities and program resources. The most highly qualified applicants are selected based on the following criteria: the achievement of a minimum score on the HESI A2 Entrance exam, application information, prerequisite course work GPA, cumulative undergraduate course work GPA (only includes coursework completed within the last 10 years), and criminal records check. 

The number of students accepted is dependent on available resources. The College of Nursing and Health maintains 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.

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.

Admission Requirements

All students must:

  1. Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student.
  2. Provide evidence of a clean/clear criminal records check from both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state).
  3. Successfully complete the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent with a grade of C or better, while maintaining a minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75:
    1. Anatomy 2100 (Human Anatomy I)
    2. Anatomy 2120 (Human Anatomy II)
    3. English 1100 (Composition I)
    4. Psychology 1010 (Introductory)
    5. Psychology 3410 (Lifespan Developmental)
    6. Chemistry 1020 (Organic)
    7. Biology 1050, 1070, 1120 or 1150
    8. Statistics 1600
    9. NOTE:  Students who began 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.
  4. In meeting the admission prerequisite courses or progression requirements:
    1. Students may repeat any science course once (ANT 2100, 2120; BIO 1050, 1070, 1120, 1150; CHM 1010, 1020; HLT 3400; BIO 2200).
    2. Only two science courses may be repeated.
    3. All natural science courses must be current (taken within 10 years of acceptance to the program).
  5. Complete all undergraduate coursework with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA (only includes coursework completed within the last 10 years).
  6. Achievement of a minimum Composite Score of 75% on the English language, science, and math modules of the HESI A2 Entrance Exam. This requirement will be waived for (1) direct admit from high school students; (2) students who provide prior evidence of successful completion (‘C’ or higher) for at least one clinical course (i.e. Nursing Fundamentals) from a regionally accredited institution or accredited through CCNE or ACEN; or 3) hold a prior baccalaureate degree.
  7. Please note:  In order for students accepted into the BSN program to progress to registration for the first nursing course, they must provide documentation of:  1) successful completion of a state-approved Nurse Aide course within 2 years of starting the first nursing course; OR 2) successful completion of a military medical specialist, corpsman, technician training program, or LPN/LVN program; OR 3) provide verification of current employment and years of experience working as an STNA/CNA or equivalent.
Special Considerations for Direct Admit from High School

Offers of direct admission for Fall 2021 only will automatically be made to any 2021 high school graduate meeting the following criteria (no separate application is required): 

  • Min 3.25 High School GPA AND
  • Min 22 ACT Composite or SAT 1100 Score OR 
  • Min 21 on Wright State Math Placement Exam (placement into college level math) & Min 40 on Wright State Writing Placement Exam (placement into college level English) OR 
  • Completion of two College Credit Plus (CCP) courses with at least a 3.0 GPA (establishes a track record of success in college level studies)
  • Be admitted to Wright State as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student by May 1, 2021, of their senior year of high school


  1. Students applying for the traditional pathway should submit an Application for Admission to the College of Nursing and Health by the application deadline.*
  2. Currently enrolled WSU students who are direct admits must submit an Intent to Enroll form to the College of Nursing and Health by the applicable application deadline. 
  3. Submit copies of transcripts with the application from all colleges previously attended as well as the HESI results scores (when required).
  4. Results of background checks must be sent directly to the appropriate College of Nursing and Health campus.

Complete applications and all supporting documentation, should only be submitted via email to

*Application deadlines for traditional pathway:

Fall admission: May 15

Spring admission: September 15

Questions or concerns? Please contact Theresa Haghnazarian, Director of Student and Alumni Affairs, College of Nursing and Health, or 937-775-2592

Health Status

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 2100.

Students entering Nursing 2100 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)

Program Outcomes

Successful completion of the B.S.N. meets the educational requirements for the RN license in Ohio as regulated by the Ohio Board of Nursing

Successful completion of the B.S.N. meets the educational requirements for RN licensure in all other states, but other requirements may vary from state to state. If you are planning to pursue RN licensure in a state other than Ohio, please contact the licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

The BSN graduate will:

  1. Meet the requirements for graduation which encompasses the arts, the sciences, and nursing for the basis of professional nursing practice. (Essential I)
  2. Use basic organizational and systems leadership skills for client safety and quality client care. (Essential II)
  3. Integrates current relevant evidence in professional nursing practice. (Essential III)
  4. Implement health care information technology in the management of client care. (Essential IV)
  5. Analyze legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care. (Essential V)
  6. Use effective interpersonal and interprofessional communication and collaboration to improve client health outcomes. (Essential VI)
  7. Implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions at the individual and community levels to improve population health. (Essential VII)
  8. Exhibit professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (Essential VIII)
  9. 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)