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We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about the BSN program for the Eau Claire site and Marshfield site. Review the list below and if you have any additional questions or concerns feel free to contact us.

Nursing Admission Process FAQs

What are the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program?

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 

When are applications due for admission to the BSN program?

Applications to the BSN nursing program are due December 1st and May 1st for both the Eau Claire and Marshfield site programs. Students are encouraged to apply during the semester in which 30 credits will be completed.

Can I take pre-nursing requirements at another university or community college?

Some or all of the pre-nursing courses can be taken at other institutions. Students must complete at least 30 semester credits for the pre-nursing phase of the nursing program and these credits can be transferred in from another institution but must be equivalent to our required courses as determined by UW-Eau Claire's Admissions Office.

If you know you will be taking courses at another institution, contact the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Marcia St. Germaine at 715-836-5515 or stgermml@uwec.edu) before beginning your coursework to plan for integration and equivalency of the courses required at UW-Eau Claire.

What are the required prerequisite Nursing courses that must be taken?

*In order to be eligible to apply to program, applicants must have 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

  • 4 credit with lab - CHEM 103 General Chemistry
  • 3 credit - CHEM 150 Survey of Biochemistry
  • 4 credit with lab - BIOL 214 Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • 4 credit with lab - BIOL 314 Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • 3 credit - BIOL 250 Microbiology
  • 3 or 4 credit MATH 246 - Statistics or Psych 265
  • 3 credit - PSYCH 230 Developmental Psychology (across the lifespan)

How competitive is the BSN program? Will I be able to get in?

The BSN program is competitive and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the professional program. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, meeting minimum criteria for admission, including grade point averages, may not be sufficient to be accepted into the nursing major. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences does not keep a rolling waiting list from semester to semester. A new application is required for each application deadline date.

I would like to transfer into the BSN program. What courses will transfer in?

Please refer to the Transfer Credit Information page on the UWEC Records and Registration website (http://www.uwec.edu/Admissions/transfer/transferguides.htm) and use the Credit Transfer Wizard to determine which courses may transfer to UWEC by entering the course number. If you have further questions about transfer credits, please contact the Admissions Office at 715-836-5415 for General Education courses and contact Marcia St. Germaine at 715-836-5515 or stgermml@uwec.edu for questions about prerequisite Nursing courses.

Can I complete an application to the BSN nursing program online?

The application for general admission to the UW-Eau Claire campus is completed online but the application to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is separate and cannot be completed online. Applications for the BSN program must be picked up at information sessions regarding the nursing major or mailed to students. A student must be accepted into UW-Eau Claire before applying to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

I am interested in the accelerated BSN program, when will this program begin again?

At this time, the accelerated nursing program is on hold and applications are not being accepted. If you are interested in more information regarding our traditional nursing program, please contact Marcia St. Germaine, Student Services Coordinator, at 715-836-5515 or stgermml@uwec.edu.

I am interested in coming to UWEC and would like to take a tour of the nursing building. How do I arrange a tour?

Nursing tour dates and times vary from semester to semester and will also be conducted during the summer months. If you are interested in an informational session and tour of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences building, please register online here.

Nursing Program FAQs

What is the traditional undergraduate Nursing program?

The traditional undergraduate Nursing program is a 6-semester program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Most students begin the traditional BSN program as sophomores. A competitive secondary application process is required for admission into the traditional BSN program.

How many students are admitted to the traditional undergraduate Nursing program?

40 students are admitted each semester to the Eau Claire site and 16 students are admitted each semester to the Marshfield site.

What are the admission requirements and what does the first year coursework look like?

We have a page dedicated to these very questions. Check it out!

Is Nursing Assistant Certification required for admission into Nursing?

Certification as a Nursing Assistant is not required for admission, but beginning Spring 2010 CNA certification will be required prior to starting the clinical courses. To assist you, we've compiled some resources for nurse aide certification in Eau Claire, Marshfield, and throughout Wisconsin.

How competitive is it to get admitted to the Nursing program?

The BSN program is competitive and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences may find it necessary to deny admission to a qualified applicant because of enrollment limits in the professional program. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, meeting minimum criteria for admission, including grade point averages, may not be sufficient to be accepted into the nursing major. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences does not keep a rolling waiting list from semester to semester. A new application is required for each application deadline date. We receive approximately 80-110 applications per semester. The GPA for admission has ranged from 3.35 to 3.7 over the last several admission cycles.

How long is your waiting list? Do you keep a waiting list?

We do not keep a waiting list. Students who are not admitted to the Nursing program may reapply at the next admission cycle.

What is the schedule for admissions into Nursing?

Applications to the BSN nursing program are due December 1 and May 1 for both the Eau Claire and Marshfield site programs. Students are encouraged to apply during the semester in which 30 credits will be completed.

When do clinicals start?

Clinical courses begin in the 2nd semester of the professional nursing program, typically during the 2nd semester of the sophomore year.

Where are the clinicals held?

The UW-Eau Claire Nursing program uses a wide variety of acute care and community-based clinical sites. The regional hospitals in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Marshfield are highly used for clinical. Smaller out-lying hospitals are also used, as well as public health departments, extended care facilities, residential facilities, schools, and numerous additional community agencies and organizations. Several diverse clinical opportunities are also available at various points in the curriculum. Faculty regularly take students to Rosebud, South Dakota, and the El Paso, Texas area. Clinical experiences begin in a spacious, well-equipped, and technologically advanced skills lab/ clinic/ and clinical simulation area. Students have many computer-assisted supports available to them through-out their curriculum and are encouraged to use the skills lab on an ongoing basis to continue developing the technical skills for practice.

Can I study abroad as a part of the Nursing program?

Study abroad opportunities are available to Nursing students through summer and winterim programs to Costa Rica, Africa, and Nicaragua, as well as several other destinations. A senior semester is available in Harlaxton, England. In addition Nursing students may apply for any of the traditional study abroad programs, though this may extend the student's program by an additional semester.

Can I visit the Nursing program?

Scheduled "Nursing Spotlight" information sessions and tours are available on a regular basis. Reservations are required. You may be able to coordinate your Nursing Spotlight tour with a general campus information session and tour. If you have any questions about Nursing Spotlights or building tours, please contact Melissa Gullickson at (715) 836-5000 or by email at gullicml@uwec.edu

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