Nursing

Western Michigan University offers two nursing programs—a professional nursing program leading to a B.S.N and an R.N.-to-B.S.N progression track. Both programs integrate knowledge from liberal arts, sciences and the discipline of nursing, and are designed to prepare nurse generalists who comprehend the discipline and the profession of nursing and who are competent to provide, coordinate and evaluate patient care in the multiple social contexts in which health care is delivered.

WMU's B.S.N. program is the right option for you if you are a:

  • High school graduate who is going to college for the first time.
  • Transfer student coming to the WMU Bronson School of Nursing from
    another academic major program, college or university.

WMU's R.N.-B.S.N. program is the right option for you if you are a:

  • Registered nurse who has graduated from an associate or diploma program.

As a nursing student at WMU, you will learn to:

  1. Provide holistic, caring and culturally sensitive nursing care for communities, groups and individuals.
  2. Develop community health partnerships with clients and other health providers in order to shape health policy, promote health and prevent disease.
  3. Analyze and apply nursing research and scholarly inquiry to inform professional practice.
  4. Accept responsibility and accountability for behavior consistent with the profession’s code of ethics and standards of professional practice.
  5. Employ critical thinking to guide professional practice.
  6. Utilize effective human and technological communication in professional practice in order to enhance the health and well being of diverse individuals, families and communities.

The WMU Bronson School of Nursing is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The nursing school also has received endorsement from the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation, which means that upon successfully completing the program, you will be exempt from prerequisites should you choose to sit for the National Certification Examination in Holistic Nursing.

Beyond the classroom

Three nursing science clinical laboratories are located on the third floor of the Health and Human Services Building on WMU's Oakland Drive Campus in Kalamazoo. As a nursing student at WMU, you may use these labs to observe simulations, prepare assignments or practice skills.

If you are in high academic standing, you may also be eligible to join the Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

After you graduate

After earning a B.S.N. degree from WMU, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which will allow you to practice as a registered nurse.

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in nursing are working as:

  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Nurse managers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Hospice
  • Wellness centers

Where is this program offered?

WMU's B.S.N program is offered in Kalamazoo. The R.N.-to-B.S.N progression track is offered in three locations: