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Nursing Advising Information

Nursing Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student. A student interested in applying to the major should contact the Program Coordinator of the School of Nursing to review requirements of the program admission process. Requirements are published in the Nursing Handbook and are outlined below. A transfer student interested in this major is strongly encouraged to meet with faculty at time of transfer.

  • General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the Office of the Registrar.

    For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.


    Students are encouraged to express an interest in the nursing major upon application for admission to WLC. Enrollment in the program is limited, and admission is competitive. This information regarding the application process is intended for traditional freshmen. All transfer students will work with an Admissions counselor and the Nursing faculty chair to devise a personalized plan of study.

    Meeting the minimum criteria for admission may not be sufficient to be admitted to the nursing major. Required criteria:

    • Minimum of a cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application.
    • Successful completion of Chemistry 161 with a C or higher is required by the time of application
    • Students must also have completed Biology 202, Psychology 101, Psychology 120, and Biology 240 by the end of the semester in which they are applying to the program
    • Admission and progression in the nursing major requires a C or higher in all collateral and required nursing courses. An individual course may be repeated only once. No more than a total of three required courses may be repeated. All credit for required courses must have been earned in the 5 years preceding progression into the nursing major. 
    • The applicant must provide a one-page statement indicating reasons for choosing nursing and Wisconsin Lutheran College. This should include a description of long-term goals, illuminating critical thinking, caring, communication, and personal characteristics. 
    • Completion of a background check and drug screen is required as part of the application process. 

    Other information:

    • Certified Nursing Assistant certification and CPR certification must be completed prior to the first clinical placement. Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout the entire nursing program
    • In addition to the college health requirements, nursing students must also provide documentation of various immunizations and be free of communicable disease, including tuberculosis.
    • Prior to enrolling in Introduction to Nursing, the student is expected to have experience with word processing.
    • Students will be expected to use electronic databases and computerized medical records in various types of nursing care settings. If the student is not familiar with applications of computer programs before admission to the nursing major, short courses are available in the area.

    Students not accepted may choose to be placed on a waiting list and will be notified of their rank on that list. If openings occur, admission will be offered to students by rank. Students on the waiting list may also reapply for admission to the nursing program the following year. They will be considered in the next pool of applications but will not be guaranteed admission. 


    Goal and Purpose Statements

    The academic goals of the Wisconsin Lutheran College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are congruent with the college's academic vision, which includes Christian faith and living, communications skills, mathematical skills, technological proficiency, scientific reasoning, behavioral analysis, aesthetic sensibility, intellectual diversity, wisdom, and leadership.

    The BSN program purposes are proposed as follows:

    1. Provide a four-year college program leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing, in which students are able to achieve the knowledge, skills, and Christian values necessary for professional clinical practice and leadership in health care.
    2. Ensure an educational foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences as well as in the humanities, all of which are essential to professional nursing practice.
    3. Foster an attitude of intellectual and critical inquiry and to inculcate professional values and characteristics.
    4. Develop an understanding of the research process which promotes the use of nursing and health care research in nursing practice.
    5. Prepare the nursing student to exercise leadership and self-direction in planning, initiating, implementing and evaluating current and emerging roles in nursing, as well as the emerging needs of health care systems.
    6. Integrate God's truths and foster the ability of students of nursing to deal with professional decisions and dilemmas through the application of Christian principles found in God's word.
    7. Foster a love of learning and a desire for continuing education in the field of nursing toward the goal of advanced and terminal degrees in the field.
    8. Prepare the student to sit for the NCLEX examination and practice as a professional Registered Nurse.
    9. Provide a foundation for graduate study.

    Nursing Program Philosophy

    “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men.” Galatians 6:10

    The philosophy of the baccalaureate nursing program is consistent with the mission, purposes, and academic vision of Wisconsin Lutheran College. The nursing program is grounded in Christian motivation and ethics with an emphasis on ministry and service. Professional development is facilitated in four domains - spiritual, intellectual, ethical, and social. The program emphasizes service to others in the form of health ministry and servant leadership. Students acquire a foundation for theory-based professional nursing practice which will promote health and healing within their communities.

    The baccalaureate program in nursing will focus on the development and enhancement of values, knowledge, and basic skills necessary for students to enter into professional nursing practice, facilitated within a conceptual framework of Caring and Culture Care which is a reflection of the college's Biblical framework and essential for providing meaningful, consumer-centered health care across diverse cultures. Nursing is a unique caring profession which exists to serve God's peoples worldwide and, in doing so, considers the culture, society, economics, and politics that influence the health of individuals and communities.

    The following caritas described by Watson (1998) are tangible and specific goals for the Christian nurse:

    1. Practice of loving kindness and equanimity within caring context.
    2. Being authentically present
    3. Cultivation of one's own spiritual practices, open to others with sensitivity and compassion.
    4. Developing and sustaining a helping-trusting, authentic care relationship.
    5. Creative use of self as part of the caring process
    6. Engaging in genuine teaching-learning experience, staying within others/frames of reference.
    7. Creating healing environment at all levels
    8. Assisting with basic needs, with an intention caring consciousness
    9. Opening and attending to spiritual dimensions of one's own life-death

    This theory stresses the importance of the lived experience of the nurse, as well as the client. The nurse is fully present to the client, not hidden behind professional detachment. The nurse is changed through the caring relationship with the client.

    Contemporary professional nursing incorporates both autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages and developmental stages, families, groups and communities, and aggregate populations in all settings and in all circumstances of health or illness. Nursing facilitates the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of well, ill, disabled and/or dying people. Patient advocacy, promotion of safe environments, participation in shaping health policy and in patient and health systems management, research, and education are also key nursing roles. (International Council of Nurses)

    The baccalaureate nursing program at Wisconsin Lutheran College is structured on four concepts central to the discipline of nursing: person, environment, health, and nursing. These concepts are inherent in all knowledge, research, and practices related to nursing.

    Person Each person is a unique creation of God endowed with dignity and self-worth. The person or client possesses physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual needs which are met in varying degrees through interactions with God, other persons, and the environment. During an individual's life span, each person develops a personal system of values which give meaning and purpose to life.

    Environment The environment is composed of all factors which influence the health and care patterns of individuals, families, and cultural groups. The environmental totality of an event, situation, or particular experience gives meaning to human expression, interpretations, and social interactions within physical, sociological, cultural, and political settings.

    Health Health is viewed as a dynamic state of being. “Health refers to unity and harmony with the mind, body, and soul. Health is also associated with the degree of congruence between the self as perceived and the self as experienced” (Watson).

    Nursing Nursing is an art, a science, and a profession. Historically, nursing as an art has been shaped by its Christian heritage. The focus of nursing is the generation of knowledge related to persons and their environments for the purpose of providing meaningful, consumer-centered health care across diverse cultures. Nursing is a unique caring profession serving God's peoples worldwide. Nursing considers the culture, society, and economics that influence the health of individuals, families, communities, and society. The focus of the profession is the care of individuals, groups, and communities through the application of discipline-specific and discipline-related knowledge.

    Program Objectives

    The program objectives for the nursing program at Wisconsin Lutheran College reflect the four domains of professional development - spiritual, intellectual, ethical, and social - and the liberal education, professional values, core competencies and knowledge, and role development components of baccalaureate nursing education as delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Within each domain it is expected that the graduate of the Wisconsin Lutheran College baccalaureate nursing program will:

    Spiritual Domain

    1. Apply spiritual and personal gifts to professional nursing practice.
    2. Integrate a personal framework of faith and spirituality in relationship-centered care to others.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to assess the spiritual and faith needs of patients, families, and aggregates.
    4. Advocate for and support patient's and family's decisions with respect and compassion.

    Intellectual Domain

    1. Employ scientific principles and theoretical nursing concepts in planning for and providing nursing care in complex settings and situations.
    2. Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences to facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision making in professional nursing practice.
    3. Participate in and use research to inform and modify nursing care practices.
    4. Direct appropriate change strategies to improve the provision of patient care services.
    5. Recognize the influence of political, social, economic, and technological systems on health care systems and patient care services.

    Ethical Domain


    1. Incorporate the beliefs, values, and desires of patients, families, and aggregates in the provision of nursing care.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to make ethical decisions about nursing care in complex sociological, economic, and biomedical situations.
    3. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional nursing practice.
    4. Exhibit professional values and a commitment to nursing practice within ethical and legal frameworks.

    Social Domain


    1. Collaborate with patients, families, professional colleagues, and the community to promote health and provide appropriate nursing care.
    2. Demonstrate a commitment to humanitarian service as a component of professional nursing in a sociologically and culturally diverse society.
    3. Communicate the nursing perspective within interdisciplinary relationships to facilitate quality care delivery.
    4. Exhibit developing leadership behaviors in the provision of relationship-centered patient care.
    5. Accept responsibility for self-directed lifelong learning, personal growth, and professional role development.


    What is SNA?

    The Student Nursing Association is an organization for students interested in the field of nursing.

    What do they do?

    On the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus, SNA provides various experiences, volunteer opportunities, and encouragement to all nursing students.

    Who can join?

    Anyone interested in the field of nursing is welcome to join.  Fill out this form if you're interested in joining.

    Why should I join?

    • Guidance through the nursing program at WLC
    • Leadership experiences
    • Hands-on community involvement
    • Improved nursing preparation