Nursing Program Admission and Progression

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Process for Applying

Application to
Nursing Major

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:

  • Sophomore standing (30 credits completed)

  • Minimum of 2.75 on pre-nursing requirements (Biology 202, Chemistry, Nutrition, PSY 101, PSY 120, Theology, COM 101, ENG 101). Courses may be repeated only once. No more than three required courses may be repeated. All credit for required courses must have been earned in the 10 years preceding progression into the nursing major.

  • All of the required courses thereafter must be at least a C to qualify for progress in 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.

  • 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.

  • Annual criminal background checks are routine for any healthcare position and will be completed prior to application to the nursing program. Periodic ongoing background checks may be required by clinical sites, and failure to pass the background check will result in dismissal from the Nursing Program.

In addition to the college health requirements, nursing students must also provide documentation of: immunization to Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, varicella and rubella; A negative Mantoux test must be performed annually prior to each clinical year.

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 local 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.