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BSN Admission Requirements

Get prepared

Admission to the BSN program is competitive, but when you walk across that stage to accept your diploma it will all be worth it. Although the application for the BSN program doesn't start until the end of your freshmen year (when completed 30 credits), it's good to get a review of what you need to meet the requirements. Review the admission requirements below and let us know if you have any questions.


Students wishing to pursue a nursing degree register as pre-nursing students. Formal application to the professional program must be made. 

Students are encouraged to apply during the semester in which 30 credits will be completed. Deadline dates for filing admission applications to the nursing program are DECEMBER 1 and MAY 1. Students must select Eau Claire Campus or Marshfield Site. 

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the nursing program, applicants must have:

  • been accepted as a pre-nursing student in the University in good standing
  • completed at least 30 semester credits, not including courses for nursing assistant certification, with a total cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00
  • completed at least three required natural science courses, two of which are laboratory science courses, with a grade point average of at least 2.50
  • earned a grade of "C" or better in all courses required for nursing
  • completed all application materials

Note: Remedial coursework (e.g., Math 20) does not count towards the 30 required credits for admission. Chem 105 & Chem 106 together meet the nursing general chemistry requirement and constitute one course for the purpose of the nursing admission criteria.

Other data used by the Admissions Committee are derived from a variety of sources that include admission applications to the University and the nursing program, high school transcript showing rank in class, previous college records, and standardized tests such as ACT or SAT. International, non-native speakers of English applying to an undergraduate nursing program must have a TOEFL score as follows: TOEFL Written >560; or TOEFL (CBT) >220; or TOEFL (iBT) >83. 

CNA, CPR and Health Records
  • Evidence of Health Care Provider level CPR certification and all required health and background check information must be submitted at the time of admission to the program (not needed at the time of application). View the list of Eau Claire CNA sites and Marshfield CNA sites-coming soon.
  • Evidence of current or previous certification as a Nursing Assistant must be submitted prior to registering for NRSG 267.
Post Admission Information

Technology Requirements

All undergraduate students in the traditional BSN program track are required to have individual in-class access to a wireless-enabled laptop. No particular laptop is specified, with the exception that it not be a Chromebook (does not work with some of our software) and that it meet the following characteristics/capabilities:

Processor Core i5 2.5 Ghz
Operating System Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (or Mac with ability to run Boot Camp, an application that allows computer to run both Windows and Mac
Software Microsoft Office, 2016, Up-to-date virus protection
Memory 8 GB RAM
Hard Drive 256 GB, SSD (Solid State Drive)
Network Interface 100/1000 gigabit ethernet
Wireless Capability 802.11 AC or N compatible
Battery Extended life battery (at least 6-8 hours of capacity since not all classrooms have electrical plug-ins)


It's never too early to get started

If you're wondering what a typical first year class load looks like for a nursing student at UW-Eau Claire you can find that here. Also, we have some recommendations on classes that you can take while in high school to help best prepare you for a major in nursing. If you have any questions about the information below, feel free to contact us.

High school preparation

  • 4 units English
  • 1-2 units chemistry 
  • 1 unit physics 
  • 1-2 units biology 
  • 2 units of Spanish, French, German, or other language 
  • 2 units algebra, 1 unit geometry 
  • 1-2 units history
  • 3 units social studies
  • 1 unit speech 

Sample first year course work

Fall Semester

  • 4-5 Credits - Chem 103, General Chemistry or Chem 105 and Chem 106
  • 5 Credit - Writ 116, Critical Reading & Writing
  • 3 Credit - Psyc 100, General Psychology 
  • 3-4 Credit - Communication/Language or Humanities course

Spring Semester

  • 3 Credit - Chem 150, Biochemistry
  • 4 Credit - Biol 214, Anatomy and Physiology I
  • 3 Credit - Psyc 230, Human Development
  • 3-4 Credit - Communication/Language course
  • 1-3 Credit - Humanities course or Elective

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the BSN Program at UW-Eau Claire please review steps involved in the application process below.

  • Current UWEC students can skip to step 2
  • A valid UWEC ID and email address will be issued upon acceptance to the University when appropriate fees are paid
  • A UWEC ID and email are required to complete the nursing application
  • Click here to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Part A: Obtain Nursing Application materials
  • Each semester UW-Eau Claire Pre-Nursing students are sent an email inviting them to attend an application meeting (meeting is usually held in March and October). Applications are distributed at the application meeting. Those who are unable to attend the meeting due to work or class conflict may pick up the application in the nursing building (Room 127) beginning the day after the application meeting was held
  • If not on campus, request materials to be sent via U.S. Postal Services by emailing your name and address to Marcia St. Germaine (Eau Claire site) or Dr. Rachel Merkel (Marshfield site)
Part B: Written Application
  • Application form
  • Please complete all sections of the written application form for submission by the appropriate deadline date
  • Supporting documentation should be attached to this application
  • Deadlines: May 1 for spring semester, December 1 for fall semester
  • Submit the written portion either by U.S. Mail or personally deliver to:

University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Attention: Melissa Gullickson
Pre-Licensure Nursing Advising Center
Nursing Building- Room 127

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