Traditional BSN

If you are pursuing your first bachelor's degree, our Traditional BSN pathway is the program to pursue. This immersive, three-year program combines on-campus lectures from our expert faculty, community-focused research and clinical experiences throughout the Detroit area. Students are guaranteed clinical placement each semester. Admission to this program occurs once a year, in the fall.

Important dates


Applicants to the College of Nursing Traditional BSN pathway must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (based on prerequisite courses only), and a minimum grade of "C" or higher in all prerequisite courses. All prerequisites must be completed by June 1. Prerequisite courses may not be older than 7 years by the application deadline. For 2020 cohort, courses taken prior to June 2013 will not be accepted. ENG 1020, PSY 1010/1020, and QE requirements will not expire. Only one prerequisite course may be repeated within a 7-year period; original courses with a grade of "C" or higher that were repeated for a better grade will not count as a repeat.

CLEP exams taken to replace an existing grade (grade less than C ) will count as a repeat. A maximum of one CLEP exam may be used to substitute a prerequisite. Any AP credits or official scores for the ACT/SAT or CLEP exam must be sent to and received by the college no later than June 1. AP, ACT/SAT, and CLEP scores older than 7 years at time of application deadline will not be accepted. Maximum of one CLEP exam can be used to substitute a prerequisite course.

If the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required, the minimum accepted scores for the college are: 101 total score with a minimum of 25 in Listening, 25 in Reading, 25 in Writing and 26 in Speaking.

Prerequisite courses

  • BIO 1510 – Basic Life Mechanisms
  • BIO 2870 – Anatomy & Physiology
  • CHM 1060 - General, Organic and Biochemistry OR CHM 1020 – Survey of General Chemistry (Inorganic)
  • ENG 1020 – Introductory College Writing
  • PSY 1020 – Elements of Psychology or PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology*
  • PSY 2410 – Health Psychology or PSY 2400 – Developmental Psychology*
  • NFS 2030 – Nutrition and Health
  • Quantitative Experience (QE)

*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.

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 WSU exactly as the courses listed above.

Starting fall 2020, prerequisite courses for the WSU College of Nursing Traditional BSN and BSN Second Career/Degree pathways for fall 2020 and beyond must be completed within seven years of the application deadline in order to count toward admission.

Curriculum - After admission to nursing program

Fall semester I

Courses Credits
Total 12
NUR 2010 - Health Assessment: History Taking and Physical Examination 3
NUR 2030 - Pathophysiology Related to Nursing Practice 3
NUR 2060 - Nursing Implications of Drug Administration 3
ENG 3010 - Intermediate Composition (IC) 3

Winter semester I

Courses Credits
Total 16
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
BIO 2200 - Microbiology 5

Fall semester II

Courses Credits
Total 13
NUR 3010 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elderly with Acute Illness (C) 5
NUR 3015 - Restorative Care: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Across the Life Span (C) 5
NUR 4300 - Nursing Informatics 3

Winter semester II

Courses Credits
Total 13
NUR 3020 - Restorative Care of Adults and Elderly with Chronic Illness (C) 5
NUR 4010 - Integrative Care of Children and Their Families (C) 5
NUR 4800 - Transcultural Health Through the Life Cycle 3

Fall semester III

Courses Credits
Total 9
NUR 4020 - Integrative Care of the Perinatal Family (C) 5
NUR 4040 - Leadership and Management in Nursing Practice (C) 4

Winter semester III

Courses Credits
Total 13
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

*General education competency requirements may be satisfied by examination. See WSU Testing, Evaluation and Research Services or call 313-577-3400 for further information. Completion of competencies by test does not result in credit hours applied toward the degree. Students must meet the required 121 credit hour minimum to complete degree requirements.

+The WSU biology department requires BIO 1050 as a prerequisite for Biology 1510 for students who do not place into BIO 1510.  Biology 1510 is a required prerequisite for admission to the College of Nursing.

The last 30 credits of coursework must be taken at Wayne State University.

The curriculum design is for informational purposes and is subject to change by the College of Nursing. Contact your Academic Services Officer to develop an individualized Plan of Work.


Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs


BSN Recruiter and Academic Services Officer - Prospective Students

Amanda Palma, MSEd, prospective students for all BSN pathways

BSN Academic Services Officers - Current Students

Gregory Sikora, MEd, current Traditional BSN, BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen students

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