Options for Becoming a Nurse

Completing the requirements of the first-year schedule that follows will prepare you to enter a nursing program in which you can become an R.N. You'll need to apply to a school of nursing as early as possible.

Pre-Nursing Sample Schedule

First Semester

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology* 4 hrs.
  • General Chemistry* 4 hrs.
  • English Composition 3 hrs.
  • Introductory Psychology 3 hrs.
  • Liberal Arts Seminar 3 hrs.

Second Semester

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology* 4 hrs.
  • Microbiology* 4 hrs.
  • Speech 3 hrs.
  • General Sociology 3 hrs
  • Lifespan Psychology 3 hrs.

* Must include laboratory

After completing the pre-nursing requirements, you may choose to remain at Wesleyan to take additional general education courses for the B.S.N. program before transferring to a nursing school. Your Nebraska Wesleyan advisor will help you plan a program to complete a B.S.N. degree according to current requirements.  Some options for becoming a nurse are outlined below.

Option One
2 Years at NWU
21 months at SCC
Pass RN board exams
Return to NWU for 2 semesters to complete the BSN degree
Option Two
1 - 2 Years at NWU
12 months at SCC to get LPN
Pass LPN board exams
Earn RN and pass RN boards
2 semesters part-time at NWU and work full-time
Option Three
2 Years at NWU with GPA of 3.5
2 years at UNMC to earn RN and BSN
Option Four
Apply to Bryan College of Health Sciences*
3 semesters full-time at NWU
9 semesters full-time at Bryan College of Health Sciences to earn RN and BSN degrees
*Apply to Bryan College of Health Sciences now to minimize waiting time.
Option Five
Degree at NWU with Nursing Prerequisites (4 years)
1 year at nursing school to earn RN and BSN

Options for becoming a nurse:

To discuss these options, e-mail or call:

Nebraska Wesleyan's B.S.N. degree program is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
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