Degrees and Certificates

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

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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.). Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is also approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Careers

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 Organizations. 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 day care 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 University Catalog.

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

Admission

Professional nurses provide care for patients with diverse and multicultural backgrounds and should represent those backgrounds. The admission process will seek applicants with evidence of intellectual ability, maturity, motivation, ability to interact with diverse populations, dedication to human concerns, ability to independently learn, ability to perform functions required in the practice of nursing, and potential for providing nursing services to underserved areas of Ohio.

General Admission

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the undergraduate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

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Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student. 

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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 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.

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Achieve a minimum composite score of 75 percent on the English language, the science, and the math modules on the HESI A2 Entrance exam.

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Complete all undergraduate coursework with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA. 

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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 to 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 University Hall, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

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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.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring admission: September 15
  • Fall admission: May 15 

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 coursework GPA, cumulative undergraduate coursework 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 5 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.

Admission from High School

Eligibility

The College of Nursing and Health is pleased to offer direct admission to a limited number of direct from high school students. To be considered for direct admission, students must meet the following criteria:

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  • High school cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above
  • ACT score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1100 or higher
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Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student by February 15 of your senior year of high school.

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Offers of direct admission are sent in mid-March.

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Before you may begin your nursing courses, you must complete 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 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.

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Complete all undergraduate coursework with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA. 

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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 to 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 University Hall, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

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Submit an intent to snroll form to the College of Nursing and Health Student Affairs Office, 160 University Hall by the following deadlines.

  • Spring start: September 15
  • Fall start: May 15 

HESI A2 Entrance Exam

  • 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

    1. English Language which includes reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge and grammar.
    2. 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.
    3. Science
      1. Biology covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular, respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
      2. Chemistry contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations, and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.
      3. 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?

    198996

  • 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:
    https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/store?role=student.

    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:

    1. Enter your school’s ID #: Wright State University Dept. ID is 198996
    2. Select the appropriate exam: A2 (V1 for the first time taking the exam or V2 for the second time taking the exam)
    3. Verify and check the box that reads “My Evolve profile is the same as it appears on my government-issued photo ID.”
    4. Confirm info by selecting the checkbox at the bottom of the page
    5. 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 exameligibility@elsevier.com. 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 80% 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.

Printable HESI A2 Information

Nurse Aide Training and CPR

Completion of a Nurse Aide Training Course or Equivalent

All students must successfully complete a state-approved nurse'saide training course before entering the first nursing course (NUR 2100). This course must have been completed within two years of the application deadline unless the student is currently working as an STNA/CNA. In this situation, a copy of the certificate or course transcript, along with a letter from your employer verifying your current position and years of experience as an STNA/CNA will be acceptable.

It is important that your certified nurse aide course lay a good foundation for the nursing program. Based on the skill set of previous students, we have found that some programs are preferable to others. Consequently, we encourage our students to enroll in a preferred course that will best prepare them for their first nursing course.

Preferred Nurse Aide courses:

  • Clark State Community College
  • Sinclair Community College

This list is not exclusive; however, if you are considering taking your Nurse Aide course somewhere else, please call the College of Nursing and Health to make sure it will be accepted.

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

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)