Department of Nursing

West Chester University

930 E. Lincoln Highway, Suite 100
Exton PA 19341-2848


BSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is for those interested in becoming a Registered Nurse. Graduates of the program are eligible to take their state's NCLEX-RN Registered Nurse licensure exam.

The BSN curriculum of West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.

If you are a high school student or graduate interested in the BSN Program:
You may apply online at this link: WCU Online Application. You should direct WCU Admission questions to the Admissions office or call 610-436-3411. Be sure to read the Admissions Requirements and Procedures. WCU nursing does not require a pre-admission exam or interview. All admissions applications are processed by the Admissions office.

Students wishing to enter WCU in the Fall of next year should have their applications submitted for admission to the Nursing major as early as you can.

The Admissions Department will screen applications and then extend offers to the most qualified applicants. If you are not offered admission to the Nursing major, but are offered admission to another major or undeclared major please be aware that transferring into the program later is unlikely to occur.

High school students who are interesting in applying to the nursing program are advised to take biology (including anatomy and physiology), chemistry, and psychology courses if they are available.

Interest in nursing is currently very high so admission to the major will be very competitive. Applicants should be in the top 20% of their high school class and have at least a 1000 Math+Verbal SAT.

If you are an undergraduate WCU student or external student student wishing to transfer to nursing:

We occasionally can accept a few internal (WCU Students) change of majors to nursing in the BSN program. Check the Events calendar of the Department of Nursing for dates of information sessions.

We generally do not have space for external (non-WCU students) transfers into the traditional BSN program.

If you have a bachelors degree in another discipline please consider our Advance 2 BSN program.

If you are currently a registered nurse and would like to earn a bachelors degree please consider our BSN for the RN program.

BSN Undergraduate Program Details

BSN Course Sequence (PDF)

The department offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing . A student graduating with this degree should be able to function as a self-directing professional, should have the knowledge and skills necessary to begin a career as a professional nurse, and should have an educational foundation that will allow him or her to hold leadership positions in the health care community.

The Department of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

In addition to meeting West Chester University entrance requirements, applicants for nursing must have completed work equal to a standard high school curriculum, consisting of a minimum of 16 units. Specifically, a student should have four units of English, three units of social studies, two units of mathematics (one of which must be algebra), and two units of science with a related laboratory or the equivalent. A combined score of at least 1000 is expected on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT 1).

Clinical Experiences

Students in the BSN program have a wide variety of clinical experiences including acute care, community health, day care centers, schools, retirement centers, nursing homes, and a veterans hospital. Individualized instruction is provided in the clinical setting with a 1:10 faculty/student ratio. A learning laboratory is available on campus to allow students to practice their psychomotor skills prior to actual contact with clients. BSN graduates have obtained jobs in many settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community agencies, physicians' offices, etc. Most BSN graduates continue on with graduate study after a few years of experience as a professional nurse.

Please see the WCU Undergraduate Handbook for special requirements for clinical practica.

Nursing Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has more information about the occupational outlook for Registered Nurses.

The American Nurses Association has documents summarizing the Employment and Earnings of Registered Nurses as of 2010 and a discussion on the Nurse Hiring Outlook and Industry Trends.

Last update: 24-Nov-2015