BSN for Veterans

Students entering college following U.S. military service bring unique perspectives and experiences into the classroom and the clinic. The College of Nursing has a program designed to assist these students as they transition from active service and pursue a nursing career. The BSN for Veterans (VBSN) pathway provides student-veterans with instructors, mentors, counseling and study groups designed to address their needs, facilitated by fellow veterans. The curriculum follows the accelerated course progression of the Second Career/Degree program, with the majority of clinical rotations held at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit. Students are admitted once a year for the spring/summer semester. Students with prior military health care experience or training will be rewarded with academic credit; however, it is not a necessary prerequisite in order to be considered for admission. 

Students who are interested in the VBSN pathway are encouraged to contact the Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence (OMVAE) to learn about the services and resources available to them at Wayne State.

Important dates

Prerequisites

Students are eligible to apply for entry into the professional program after having completed the specific prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and minimum grade of "C" or higher, in all prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be completed by June 1, and courses cannot be older than 14 years at the time of application deadline If the applicant has earned AP credits or taken the ACT/SAT or CLEP exam, official scores must be received by the college no later than June 1. 

Admission to the program is highly competitive; successful completion of prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission.

The following courses/requirements are prerequisites for admission consideration for the BSN for Veterans pathway with the College of Nursing. Courses transferred to Wayne State University must be an exact equivalent to the listed prerequisites below.

Prerequisite Courses

  • BIO 1510 – Basic Life Mechanisms
  • BIO 2200 – Microbiology
  • BIO 2870 – Anatomy & Physiology
  • CHM 1020 – Survey of General Chemistry (Inorganic)
  • PSY 2410 – Health Psychology or PSY 2400 – Developmental Psychology*
  • NFS 2030 – Nutrition and Health
  • NUR 2030 – Pathophysiology**
  • Social Inquiry (SI)***
  • Cultural Inquiry (CI)***

*Candidates may take one or the other course; however, if you receive a grade below a "C" in one course and take the other in order to meet the requirement, it will count as a repeat.

**Equivalent transfer courses will only be accepted from 4-year institutions with an accredited nursing program or professional health program (ex. OT, PT, Medical School).

***SI and CI courses can be met by completing or transferring in equivalent courses listed on the Inquiry Course Group Requirements page. SI and CI courses are exempt from the seven-year expiration policy.

Prerequisite Transfer Guide

The College of Nursing evaluates courses from other institutions based on guidelines and requirements established by the college. These evaluations take precedence over evaluations by other departments or the university transfer credit department. Please note: prerequisites taken at another institution must transfer to Wayne State University exactly as the courses listed above.

Curriculum

First semester (spring/summer)

Course Credits
NUR 2010 - Health Assessment: History Taking and Physical Exam 3
NUR 2030 - Pathophysiology Related to Nursing Practice 3
NUR 2060 - Nursing Implications of Drug Administration 3
Total: 9

Second semester (fall) 

Course Credits
NUR 2050 - Supportive Measures for Basic Care Needs (C) 5
NUR 2995 - Special Topics in Foundations of Professional Nursing 3
NUR 3405 - Introduction to Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
Total: 11

Third semester (winter)

Course Credits
NUR 3010 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elders with Acute Illness (C) 5
NUR 3015 - Restorative Care: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span (C) 5
NUR 4020 - Integrative Care of the Perinatal Family (C) 5
Total: 15

Fourth semester (spring/summer) 

Course Credits
NUR 3020 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elders with Chronic Illness (C) 5
NUR 4010 - Integrative Care of Children and their Families (C) 5
NUR 4040 - Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice (C) 4
Total: 14

Fifth semester (fall) 

Course Credits
NUR 4050 - Theory of Caring for Complex, Critically Ill Patients (C) 3
NUR 4060 - Synthesis of Core Nursing Knowledge 5
NUR 4120 - Community-focused Nursing Practice (C) 5
Total: 13

Total Nursing credits: 62

(C) = Clinical course

Contact

Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Erik Carter PhD, MS, ACNS-CCNS, CCRN-K, PHN
313-577-4144

BSN Recruiter and Academic Services Officer - Prospective Students

Amanda Palma, MSEd, prospective students for all BSN pathways
313-577-4911

BSN Academic Services Officers - Current Students

Gregory Sikora, MEd, current Traditional BSN, BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen students
313-577-4080

Felicia Grace, EdD, current BSN Second Career/Degree, BSN for Veterans, and RN to BSN students
313-577-7985