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Wichita State University

Wichita State University

1845 Fairmount St.
Wichita, Kansas 67260

(316) 978-3456
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Nursing Programs Offered

Accelerated BSN Programs
BSN Programs
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
Nursing Science - Bachelor's degree
Nursing Science - Master's degree
Nursing Science - Post-master's certificate
Nursing Science - Postbaccalaureate certificate
RN Programs
RN to BSN Programs
RN to MSN Programs

RN to BSN Program Details

The School of Nursing at Wichita State University offers advanced placement to registered nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The curriculum is designed so that the RN who has received an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an NLN accredited program and who meets the work experience criteria may achieve advanced standing in the basic nursing program through retroactive credit. Retroactive credit (25 hours) will be awarded during the final semester of coursework. RN-Diploma students may achieve the twenty-five nursing credits through credit by examination (CrE) and portfolio review where applicable.

The program at Wichita State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program also follows the State of Kansas Nursing Articulation Plan.
Admission Procedures for the RN to BSN Student

The following admission procedure is outlined for the RN to BSN student.

-Develop a plan of study with an RN advisor as soon as possible after admission to Wichita State University. The student is expected to seek academic advising from an RN advisor at least yearly. It is important to notify the school of change of address so that correspondence will not be delayed.
-Be admitted to Wichita State University. Application to Wichita State University may be obtained from and should be returned to: Office of Admissions, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0124 .
-Have on file in both the Admissions Office and the School of Nursing official transcripts of all college work which has been completed, including transcripts from diploma programs for diploma graduates
-Provide proof of licensure in the state where nursing is practiced.
-Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all college work. A grade of "C" (2.0) is expected in all required courses.
-Complete the School of Nursing Application form prior to enrollment in the RN Bridge Course, N334.

BSN Program Details

BSN students are admitted to the nursing program after completing the 58 hours of pre-professional course work. Students are admitted to the nursing program in either the fall or spring semester. Application deadline for the fall semester is February 1st; for the spring semester, September 1st. To qualify as a candidate for admission to the nursing program, a student must:

-Develop a plan for completing prerequisite courses.
-Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all college work and a grade of C (2.0) or above in prerequisite courses. Returning adult students who do not meet these criteria may be eligible on the basis of recent academic achievement according to selection criteria.
-Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a minimum score on each of the four sections: TEAS information
-Submit an application to the School of Nursing one semester before enrolling in the nursing curriculum.
-Be admitted to Wichita State University.

MSN Program Details

The graduate program in nursing leads to the Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN). The curriculum has been developed especially for part-time study (8 or less credit hours per semester) or full-time study (9 or more hours per semester).

RN to MSN Program Details

This program is a Dual/Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program. The requirements for admission to and progression of the RN to MSN Program is as follows:

1) The candidate must be an RN who is admitted to and enrolled in the BSN program at WSU.

2) A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or above is required when the
student is ready to begin the MSN coursework and must be maintained in all undergraduate/graduate work throughout the RN to MSN program.

3) A 3.25 GPA or above is required in the following areas:

a. all undergraduate nursing courses
(calculated separately from other non-nursing courses);
b. the following 4 science courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology,
Pharmacology, Pathophysiology. A grade of ā€œDā€ is not acceptable in
any of these required courses.

4) At the time a student makes the commitment to progress through the RN to MSN program, if circumstances do not allow for completion of MSN requirements, a BSN degree could be awarded, based on completion of all BSN course requirements. Courses taken at the graduate level will be posted as undergraduate credit if the RN to MSN is not completed.

5) RN to MSN advisors from the undergraduate and graduate programs will provide the student with information regarding requirements and will assist in completing a plan of study.

6) Ten hours of baccalaureate course work will be replaced by graduate courses.

Undergraduate course
NURS 345 Health Assessment (4 hours)
Career enhancement elective (3 hours)

Replacement graduate course**
NURS 701/702 Advanced Health Assessment/Lab (3 hours)
N703 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 hours)

Upper division elective
N801: Health Care Systems: Policy & Politics (3 hours)

**Note: If no previous pathophysiology course work was taken, you are required to successfully complete HS400, Introduction to Pathophysiology
(or equivalent course approved by the School of Nursing), as the remaining required hours of career enhancement elective.

7) A portfolio documenting successful recent nursing practice must be submitted to the Director of the Undergraduate Program before applying to the graduate program and completion of at least 6 hours of RN to BSN nursing coursework. The portfolio includes your resume and three references from supervisors (two references may be from academic nursing faculty members in lieu of supervisors) verifying professional nursing expertise. References should also include verification of health assessment skills and pathophysiology knowledge. Portfolios are reviewed by a committee of undergraduate and graduate faculty members. The cost for portfolio review is currently $40.00 (subject to change). Please submit a check for $40.00 made payable to Wichita State University along with the portfolio.

8) During the last semester of undergraduate nursing course work, associate degree students will be asked to complete a form requesting posting of 25 hours of retroactive credit. An administrative fee will be charged for posting these credits on the WSU transcript (currently $50.00). Diploma RNs will follow the procedure for earning credit by exam (CrE). Must meet the WSU undergraduate requirements including 60 hours of study from a 4-year college, 45 hours of study at the upper division level (300+ or above course numbers), and 30 hours of course work from WSU.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Details

Applications for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are currently being accepted. All prospective students in the DNP program must ALSO APPLY to the WSU Graduate School.The application deadline for the post-baccalaureate candidates is May 1, 2010 for the Fall 2010 class. The application deadline for the post-masters candidates is October 15, 2010 for the Spring 2011 class. Please see the following link for current program information and application to the program.

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