The Division/Department of Nursing

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Dr. Elizabeth Perato, Chair/Director

Nursing Course Descriptions

The Division/Department of Nursing Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) on successful completion of a four-year professional nursing program.  The graduate of this program is eligible to take the licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

Registered Nurses can complete the BSN in the RN-BSN program.  The BSN is considered the entry level for professional nursing and serves as a foundation for career development and for graduate education in nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson, Suite 1051, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1230, Phone: 785-296-4929, Fax: 785-296-3929, and also is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020,

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

The mission of the Division/Department of Nursing Education is to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing, preparing students to become registered professional nurses for positions in nursing and graduate study.

Admission Policy: Generic/Transfer Students:

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is a two-step process:

  • Admission to Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU). 
  • Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program:

Admission to the nursing program may be competitive based on the applicant pool.  Meeting minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

Factors considered for each individual applicant include grade point average (GPA) along with potential to complete the program.

  • Completion of an Admission Application to the Nursing Program:

Applications are available at or by contacting the Division/ Department of Nursing Education (DNE) by November 1 for the following fall admission year. Applications will be accepted after January 1 of the admission year.  The DNE has a rolling admission deadline; however, admission decisions are normally made for applicants to the nursing program during the spring semester, for fall admission of the same year. Applicants will be initially evaluated in March for fall admission.

  • Achievement of Admission GPA Requirement:

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) for college coursework of 2.6 on a 4 point scale. Nursing courses which are eligible for transfer to the KWU nursing program may be included in the calculation of the GPA. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 2.59 may be considered for admission to the nursing program if they have an alternative GPA of 2.6 on no less than 55 credits of pre-requisite courses for the nursing program.    

  • Completion of Admission Pre-requisite Courses:

It is expected that applicants will have completed the admission pre-requisite courses, listed on page 238 of the pdf catalog, prior to enrolling for fifth semester nursing courses. Students who otherwise meet the criteria for admission but have not completed all required admission pre-requisite courses for the nursing program may begin nursing courses with the consent of the Chair/Director, Division/Department of Nursing Education. A student who has not completed all admission pre-requisite courses may only be admitted provisionally to the nursing program upon consent of the Chair/Director, Division/Department of Nursing Education, and must complete all admission pre-requisite courses by the fall semester of the senior year or the student will not be allowed to progress in the nursing program. A student who needs to complete more than one (support) or three (liberal studies) admission pre-requisite courses must file a Student Petition for Exception.  If a student does not have all electives completed, if the schedule permits, these may be taken during the nursing sequence.

English Not as Primary Language or International Students:

When English is not considered the applicant’s primary language the following minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) score must be attained. Each area must meet the minimum requirement.

  • Writing= 20
  • Speaking=20
  • Reading=19
  • Listening=20

Students not meeting the minimum requirement in any area are not eligible for admission to the nursing program.  For information and application for TOEFL contact:

TOEFL Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154


  • Applicants selected for admission will receive a notification letter and must return the Letter of Intent form to the nursing program by the specified date.

Prior to beginning nursing courses in the fifth semester, the student must submit verification of TB skin test, a completed physical examination, a current immunization record, and a current certificate for competency in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adult, child, and infant. Students will not be allowed in any clinical agency if these requirements are not met.

  • Background Queries – Learning in clinical settings is an essential component of the program of study in nursing.  Some health care facilities require information on persons engaged in clinical learning opportunities including, but not limited to, personal health information including: immune status, verification of CPR certification, verification of agency regulations, listing on registered sex offender lists and listing on the U.S. Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) Excluded Individuals List.  In addition to verifying the currency of immunizations and CPR status, the Division/Department of Nursing Education will query the OIG’s Excluded Individuals List for names of nursing applicants and students.  Students whose name appears on that list will not be permitted to participate in clinical settings in which this is a requirement. If a student is unable to fulfill the clinical experiences required by the program of study, the student will be unable to graduate.
  • Be advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN).  Possible grounds for such action may include being guilty of a felony, being guilty of a misdemeanor that involves an illegal drug offense if the KSBN determines that such a person has not been sufficiently rehabilitated to warrant the public trust.  Also considered are patterns of practice and other behaviors exhibiting an apparent incapacity to practice nursing.  The KSBN will deny licensure in Kansas to an individual who has been convicted of a felony crime against a person.  All criminal history must be revealed to and will be evaluated by the KSBN before licensure is granted or denied.  KSBN will require fingerprinting in order to conduct background checks with the Kansas/Federal Bureau of Investigation (KBI/FBI).


Qualified applicants not accepted due to space availability may be placed on a waiting list of applicants. The Chair/Director of Nursing Education notifies individuals in order of ranking on the waiting list as openings become available.

Transfer Credit Policy

Nursing courses transferred from another nursing program are evaluated by the appropriate nursing faculty and the Chair/Director of the Division/Department of Nursing Education. Students may petition to the Admission & Progression Committee for acceptance of prior coursework.  Credit is granted with the approval of the Director of Enrollment and Financial Services for courses that are equivalent to nursing courses offered at KWU.  Courses transferred to meet requirements in the junior and senior year of the nursing curriculum must be upper division courses.

Timeline to Complete BSN Degree

Requirements for the BSN degree must routinely be completed within 5 years of admission to the Division/Department of Nursing Education for generic, transfer, and RN-BSN students.  Graduates of nursing programs are expected to be current in their field.  Therefore, coursework from nursing courses with an NURS prefix which are more than five (5) years old must be validated.  Nursing courses which have been taken more than ten (10) years prior to admission to the nursing program must be retaken.  Support liberal arts courses which have been taken more than five (5) years prior to admission to the nursing program will be evaluated on an individual basis. 

Validation Methods

Validation of a course may be accomplished by: a) successfully passing a course which makes use of the course content under consideration, b) use of the material of the course in a work situation on a regular basis, c) taking an NLN (or similar organization) test in the discipline (if available), or d) taking a local “test out” examination.  Courses which are transferred to KWU to meet requirements for the nursing program which are one (1) hour less than the required KWU course will be accepted as meeting the specific requirement for the program, but students must still meet the 126 credit hour requirement for graduation.

Early Admission Program Policy

Students who have a High School GPA of 3.0 or higher will be given the opportunity to “guarantee” a position in the nursing class (two years after the year of admission) if they fulfill the following criteria:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA during the freshman and sophomore years at KWU
  • Take all of their admission pre-requisite classes at KWU (college courses, up to 15 credits, taken while in high school will be exempted from this criterion.)
  • Achieve a grade of C or higher in support courses.

A letter will be sent to students at the time they are admitted to the college, offering them the opportunity to be a part of the Early Admission Program if they have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Students wishing to be considered for Early Admission will sign a statement of intention and will meet with a Nursing Advisor to plan their curriculum.  Eligibility for the Early Admission Program (EAP) will be based on the student’s GPA at the time of graduation from high school.  Students will apply to the nursing program just as other students do, but if they meet the criteria listed above they will be placed on the “accepted” list.  Students who briefly fall below a 3.0 GPA for one semester may continue on the EAP if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of admission to the program in spring.

Progression Policies

In addition to University requirements, the student nurse must meet the following requirements for progression in the BSN program:

  1. Submit the results of an annual tuberculin skin test at the beginning of each fall semester.
  2. Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child, and infant) whenever necessary throughout the program.
  3. Earn a grade of C or better in all nursing and required support courses.  A student may not progress to subsequent clinical and content-related nursing courses of the program without successfully passing NURS304 Nursing Interventions, NURS306 Clinical I, NURS375 Pathophysiology, and NURS380 Assessment in Nursing.  Students who fail to pass one or more of these courses with a grade of C or higher may reapply to the nursing program for the following year.
  4. Students who fail to earn a grade of C or better in the clinical content related nursing course* or clinical course** must retake that course the next time it is offered.  The student must submit in person a Student Petition for Repeat to the Nursing Division/Department Admission and Progression Committee for continuance in the nursing program.  A second failure in any one course or a failure in any two clinical content or clinical nursing courses will result in dismissal from the nursing program.  Nursing courses taken at another academic institution in which the student has received a grade of D or F will be counted as a failed course at KWU also.

* Clinical content related nursing courses include: NURS304, NURS308, NURS312, NURS401, NURS402, NURS403, NURS428, and NURS450.

** Clinical courses include: NURS306, NURS376, NURS406, NURS407, NURS476, and NURS477.

  1. On petition to the full nursing faculty, exceptions to dismissal may be granted by a two-thirds majority vote.  Any request for exception to the progression policies must be submitted in writing to the Admission and Progression Committee.
  2. Dismissal from the nursing program may result from ethical, legal, or professional conduct unacceptable to the nursing profession.
  3. For clinical courses, grades of S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) are given.  If a student receives a grade of U for a clinical course or any portion of a clinical course, the student must repeat the portion of the clinical course for which he/she received a U.  A student must pass all components of a clinical course with a grade of S before progressing to the next clinical course.
  4. Clinical and content-related nursing courses must be taken concurrently.

 Readmission Policy

After a lapse of one semester, returning students must (1) complete the Return after Lapse form through the Enrollment Service Office, (2) complete the Student Petition for Exception form and meet with the Admission and Progression Committee to be approved for a position in a nursing course.

If the semester absence was related to a major health problem, a physician’s clearance must be submitted in order to return to classes and clinical.

After a lapse of two semesters or more, in addition to the above, a returning student must:

  • Re-apply for University admission through the KWU Admissions Office.
  • Re-apply for admission to nursing.
  • Adhere to the most current catalog requirements.             
  • Plan with a nursing advisor to develop a degree plan which meets all curricular and program requirements.
  • Submit a new physical examination form and current CPR Certification (adult, child, & infant) and current tuberculin skin test results.
  • Validate competency in clinical skills.


Students will be assigned an advisor who is a faculty member in the Division/Department of Nursing Education when they are admitted to the University or when they declare themselves to be a pre-nursing student.

Employment Policy

Unless otherwise qualified, certified or licensed as a specific health care provider (e.g., LPN, LMHT, MSW, RT, OT, PT or other) the student nurse who is employed in a health care setting may work only as an unlicensed assistive personnel.

The number of hours of employment per week should be balanced with the student’s educational commitment.  Full time employees should consider carrying a partial academic load (6-9 hours); whereas, a full time student should consider working no more than 16-20 hours per week.

KWU nametags and uniform components that would identify a student with Kansas Wesleyan University must not be worn during employment in a health care agency.

Representation on Faculty Governance Bodies

Student nurse representatives are appointed to all Division/Department of Nursing Education committees.

Student nurses may also be appointed to serve as student representatives on Kansas Wesleyan University committees.

Graduation Requirements (see  pages 41-45)  

Departmental Assessment

Student Nurses will be expected to take the National League for Nursing Baccalaureate Nursing Achievement Examination during their last semester in the nursing program. This is the departmental exam used in the assessment program of the university.  Student nurses will also take Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) Computer Adaptive Test(s) for assessment of readiness for the NCLEX-RN exam.

RN-BSN Program: Articulation Policy:

Currently licensed graduates of an accredited diploma nursing program or an accredited associate degree nursing program are eligible to apply for articulation into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.  Licensed graduates from out-of-state programs will be individually evaluated.  The registered nurse follows these steps for articulation:

  1. Admission to Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU).
  2. Admission to RN-BSN program.
  3. Complete Admission Application to the Nursing Program.  Applications are available at or by contacting the Division/Department of Nursing Education.
  4. Achievement of Admission GPA Requirement.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a 4 point scale.  Applicants who have a cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 2.59 may be considered for admission if they have a GPA of at least 2.6 on all pre-requisite support courses for nursing.
  5. Completion of Admission Pre-requisite courses.  The registered nurse applicant must complete at least the required support courses for nursing prior to taking the first nursing course.  Most of these support courses will meet Liberal Studies requirements.  The applicant must complete all of the Liberal Studies requirements for the baccalaureate degree.