The Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University is a national premier nursing school based on excellence in education, research, and public service, as well as diversity in student population and program offerings. Consistent with the WSSU mission and the mission of the School of Health Sciences, the division provides professional nursing education that prepares a baccalaureate degree nurse generalist. The undergraduate curriculum provides experiences needed for students to develop effective communication and critical thinking skills while executing therapeutic intervention, health promotion and disease prevention, and evidence-base practice strategies. These experiences include theory, clinical practicums and public service essential for delivery of professional nursing care in a variety of settings and to diverse populations.
Prior learning experiences are considered in the criteria for admission of a student population diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, academic levels, life experiences and health care experiences. The Division provides an environment conducive to personal and professional growth and lifelong learning for students and faculty. Faculty and students engage in mutually beneficial relationships with the community and other health care providers in ways that complement the nursing division’s educational mission. These experiences foster the impartation of values such as kindness, compassion, justice, loyalty and also cultural competence and sensitivity.
Student Learning Outcomes
The undergraduate program prepares a graduate who will:
- Use critical thinking and technology in synthesizing knowledge from the biological, physical and behavioral sciences, the humanities and nursing in making nursing practice decisions about clients of all ages from diverse and multicultural societies.
- Utilize the nursing process and patient centered care to promote wellness through illness prevention, supportive and restorative care.
- Perform nursing roles of caregiver, teacher/counselor, collaborator, client advocate, leader/manager, designer and research consumer to enhance the quality of client care.
- Implement effective verbal, written and computerized communication techniques with clients and other health care providers to promote a culturally sensitive holistic approach to health care.
- Provide nursing care that recognizes individual dignity and worth as well as rights and responsibilities with regard to quality of life issues and participation in decisions affecting well-being.
- Integrate ethics, caring and safe nursing practice in providing accessible and cost-effective health care for persons, families, groups and communities in all economic levels.
- Implement evidence-based practice through interpretation, utilization, and participation in research.
- Demonstrate professional responsibility and accountability in the practice of nursing.
- Assume responsibility for continuing professional and personal growth.
General Education Requirements
A total of 60 general education courses that meet WSSU’s general education requirements for transfer students are needed. All students should have at least one course (3 semester hours) in each of the seven general education Areas of Knowledge - Culture and Foreign Language, History, Literature, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Fine Arts (minimum of 21 semester hours). For additional information regarding general education courses access the transfer student tab at the following link.
Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Students must meet specific admission criteria and must apply for admission to the upper division of the major. Meeting the minimal admission criteria as listed below, does not guarantee admission into the Upper Division of Nursing.
Minimum Admission Criteria
Undergraduate Students (pre licensure)
- Cumulative GPA 2.6 or better
- Verbal/Critical Reading SAT score 470 if taken prior to March 2016; 500 if taken after March 2016 or ACT English score 19
- Grade of C or better in lower division nursing course and nursing pre-requisite courses on the first attempt.
- Satisfactory completion of core curriculum in general education and pre-requisite course requirements.
Priority admission will be given to students with a grade of “C” or better in required life or physical science courses on the first attempt. A student who receives a failing grade in 2 or more required life or physical science course will be denied admission. Only required science courses taken within the past 7 years will be considered.
Admission Criteria for Candidates seeking entry for the RN to BSN (post licensure) option require:
- Unrestricted and active NC RN license
- Completion of prerequisite courses:
- Statistics (3 credits)
- Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II (6 credits)
- 8 hours required in the sciences with at least 5 credit hours in Anatomy and Physiology I and II
- Science courses for the RN- BSN have no expiration date.
- Successful completion of NCLEX
- A minimum of 51 hours of transferable credit in courses that are considered outside the nursing major
Effective February 1, 2022 Admission for Undergraduate Students (pre-licensure)
- Satisfactory completion of core curriculum in general education and pre-requisite course requirements (See WSSU Catalog for more information)
- A grade of C or better in the lower division nursing course (NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing) and all pre-requisite courses on the first attempt.
- NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing cannot be transferred. Course can only be taken at WSSU. *Applicants applying to the ABSN option, will not need to take this course prior to the nursing program. Accepted ABSN applicants will complete this course during the nursing program.
- All science courses must have been taken within the past 7 years at the time of submitting the application.
- A student who receives a failing grade in 2 or more required life or physical science course attempts will be denied admission.
- Minimum Cumulative GPA 2.8
- Minimum Science GPA 2.8
- ATI TEAS test score
- Personal Statement
- Two recommendations
For detailed information about admissions criteria, please visit the Holistic Admission Process.
One nursing course and six non-nursing courses are required. These courses must be successfully completed prior to Spring admission into the option with a grade C or better. The 22 credit hours earned from the six non- nursing courses will count towards the required 60 general education hours.