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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S.N. (Pre-licensure)

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Admission into the Nursing Major (BSN, Pre-licensure)

The Wilson School of Nursing Undergraduate Program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the cornerstone of professional nursing practice. BSN graduates will provide care in a variety of settings with an emphasis on providing safe, evidence-based care to promote health and health maintenance across the life span. The preparation of nurses is rigorous and admission to the undergraduate program is highly competitive. The following are the admission requirements and process:

  1. Students must have, or be qualified for, full admission to Midwestern State University.  Complete information regarding application deadlines and requirements can be found at: http://mwsu.edu/admissions.  This does not guarantee admission to the BSN program.
  2. Submit the BSN application and all required documentation.  Access to the application can be found at: http://www.mwsu.edu/academics/hs2/nursing/bsn-application-portal-live.
  3. Applications are available during the following dates:
    Fall Admission:  Application Open - February 15     Application Deadline - March 31
    Spring Admission:  Application Open - July 1     Application Deadline - August 15
  4. The HESI A2 test may be taken at any testing site including the MSU testing facility.  Contact information for the MSU Testing Center: (940) 397-4676.
    • The HESI A2 assessment is required.  Minimum scores for consideration are:
      • 80% or higher on Math Score.
      • 80% or higher on English Language Composition Score, which must include the following areas: Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, and General Knowledge.
  5. If a student chooses to take general education courses at another college, and is seeking admission and potentially transferring earned credits to the Wilson School of Nursing BSN pre-licensure program he/she should seek guidance from the Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services Academic Advisor before enrolling in courses to assure equivalency with university requirements. Taking courses at another college does not guarantee admission to the Wilson School of Nursing.

  6. A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required in the following science courses: Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 1133 ); Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 1233 ); Pathophysiologic Process* (NURS 3203 ) (*only applies to the Accelerated Program); Microbiology (BIOL 2144 ); and chemistry (CHEM 1303 - General-Organic-Biological Chemistry ). A grade lower than ‘C’ precludes admission/progression.

  7. Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 1133 ); Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 1233 ); or corresponding transfer courses must be successfully completed not more than five years prior to admission to the program.

  8. Students may not enroll more than twice in any one science course (including F’s or W’s) for the student to be admitted to nursing; no more than two science courses may be repeated (whether or not the courses are applicable to the BSN degree plan).

  9. Nursing prerequisites and electives may be repeated only once following either a grade of less than ‘C’ or withdrawal.

  10. A student may not repeat for credit a course in which a grade of C/C- or better was awarded.

  11. Students should take a full academic load of at least twelve semester hours of coursework including when repeating a course.

  12. MSU students who are progressing satisfactorily will be given priority for all classes. Transfer students will be considered on an “as available” basis.

  13. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of ‘C’ or higher in all core and prerequisite courses listed on the degree plan demonstrating a pattern of academic success prior to admission.

  14. All freshman and sophomore year courses must be completed by the end of sophomore year summer in order to enter the junior year courses.

  15. Complete the following courses prior to beginning nursing program: (May apply to program while enrolled in prerequisite courses).  The student must successfully complete the courses in order to progress through the application process. If one or more core and/or prerequisite courses are in progress during the application process the student may be offered a conditional admission. Admission is contingent on satisfactorily completing the course(s) prior to enrolling in nursing courses.

BIOL 1133 - Anatomy & Physiology I 
BIOL 1233 - Anatomy & Physiology II 
BIOL 2144 - Microbiology 
SOCL 1133 - Introductory Sociology 
CHEM 1303 - General-Organic-Biological Chemistry  
Communication  core component
PSYC 1103 - General Psychology 
PSYC 3233 - Developmental Psychology 
Mathematics  core component
Language, Philosophy, & Culture  core component
Government & Political Science  core component
Creative Arts  core component
American History  core component
Cultural & Global Understanding  core component
Undergraduate Inquiry & Creativity  core component

  1. Students must demonstrate compliance with all clinical requirements as specified in the Wilson School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook.
  • Student must complete the specified requirements prior to enrolling in courses with a clinical/lab component.
  • Student must submit all required documentation prior to courses with a clinical/lab component (prior to the start of the 2nd semester in program).
  • The requirements will be discussed further with the student at a mandatory orientation once the student has been accepted into the program:
  • Failure to comply with the policies may result in dismissal from the Wilson School of Nursing.

NOTE: Admission to NURS 3212 - Family Health Assessment  constitutes formal admission to the Wilson School of Nursing Program.  BSN pre-licensure students must complete all clinical nursing courses within 4-5 years (9 long semesters) beginning with initial enrollment in NURS 3211 /NURS 3212 .

Admission Process

Since the number of applicants usually exceeds the number of students allowed for admission, all applicants will be awarded points for ranking purposes. The Wilson School of Nursing Admissions Committee will evaluate all applications and rank them according to the criteria point values listed below. Applicants will be accepted into the program as ranked for admission and according to the number of clinical positions available. For applicants with a tie score, the higher science GPA will receive the higher ranking position.

Academic Foundations and Core Curriculum - 42 semester hours

(See Academic Foundations and Core Curriculum - 42 semester hours )

Major Courses - 60 hours


*Courses may be taken concurrently with NURS 3211 /NURS 3212 .

If transfer credit causes the required nursing courses to total fewer than 60 hours, a Nutrition course may be used to reach the required total.


Chemistry (no lab required) 3 *

College-level math

College-level Mathematics  from core (not developmental) 3 *

Creative Arts - 3 hours

(Three hours from a course in the Creative Arts  core) **

Data Analysis

Data Analysis (NURS 4123  recommended) 3 **

Language, Philosophy, & Culture - 3 hours

(Three hours from a course in the Language, Philosophy, & Culture  core) **

Approved Electives

Electives approved by student’s advisor to bring total to 120 semester hours, if applicable.


*required prior to admission
**students should complete most of these requirements prior to admission, as the nursing curriculum in the final two (2) years constitutes full-time study.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

Graduation requirements at Midwestern State University include passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, to be taken after the student has completed 60 hours of coursework and before they have accrued 90 hours. Students failing the exam must pass ENGL 2113 - Intermediate Composition & Grammar .

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