Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Traditional Option

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Wichita State University prepares students for entry-level professional nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings and provides a foundation for graduate study in nursing. The BSN prepared nurse receives education to:

  • provides direct and indirect patient care;
  • coordinates, design, and manage the care of patients;
  • be members of the profession;
  • be patient advocates;
  • practice in a variety of heath care settings;
  • care for a diverse population
Key Program Features
  • Earn professional qualification. Students completing this program are qualified for entry-level nursing positions in all healthcare settings as well as graduate level study.
  • Receive national preparation. The BSN degree prepares students to take the national RN licensing exam and become registered nurses.
  • High National RN Licensing Pass Rates. Our students have consistently been above the national average for passing the RN licensing exam.
  • Clinical Experience. This program provides students hands-on training through laboratory, simulation, and clinical experiences. Over 1000 hours of clinical experience is completed during the program.
  • Capstone. Students spend a dedicated 5-week clinical rotation, with an RN, in a clinical setting, prior to graduation. Capstone begins the transition from student to practice.
Traditional Admission Criteria

Criteria goes into effect December 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 application cycle

Minimum criteria must be met in order to be admitted to the traditional nursing program:

  • Fully admitted to Wichita State University at time of application
  • No more than 6 credits of general education courses left to complete at the start of the nursing program
  • Meet application deadline of February 1 (fall start) or September 1 (spring start)
  • Meets one of the following score requirements:
    • TEAS minimum passing scores (See TEAS Test webpage)
    • ACT composite of 27 or higher
    • SAT composite of 1125 or higher
  • Fully completed application packet submitted by application deadline
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75
  • If student has taken courses at WSU, they must have a minimum 2.00 institution GPA
  • 3.00 cumulative GPA in the following science courses
    • Chemistry*
    • Anatomy and Physiology*
    • Microbiology*
    • Pathophysiology
    • Clinical Pharmacology
  • *Must be complete and on transcript at time of application

Selection Rubric







GPA x 10
Example: 3.65 x 10 = 36 points

Max 40 points

Science grades 1st attempt

A 10

B 7

C 0

Max 30 points

Points are awarded based on grades in Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology.

Science 2nd attempt

A 7

B 3

C 0

Science 3rd attempt

A 3

B 0

C 0

Healthcare experience

Details on qualifying experience in application packet

Max 3 points

Diversity experience

Details on qualifying experience in application packet

Max 2 points

Previous Bachelor’s Degree

Yes - 2

No - 0

Max 2 points

Must be awarded and on transcript at time of application

Typed Essay – Topic:

Why I want to be a nurse

Maximum of 250 words

Max 3 points

Accuracy and grammar in the entire application packet


Packet submitted correctly on first attempt (1 pt)

Consistent use of proper grammar (0.5 pts)

No spelling errors (0.5 pts)

Max 2 points

Program FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
Question Answer
Program Entry Point Spring and Fall
Program Length 4 years (2 years pre-professional, 2 years professional courses)
Study Plan Options Full-time, (Day, Nights, Weekends)
Application Deadline February 1st – fall entry; September 1st – spring entry
Class Size 60
Application Ratio 1:2
Minimum GPA to apply Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all college work and a grade of C (2.0) or above in prerequisite courses.
Examinations Required TEAS (Test of Academic Skills) Exam