Direct Admission to the Professional Nursing Program

Direct admission to the professional nursing program in the Bronson School of Nursing at Western Michigan University is very selective and highly competitive. Limited seats are available each fall semester. Students are considered for direct admission as the Bronson School of Nursing receives applications from WMU admissions. Those wishing to be considered for direct admission should apply no later than the Dec. 31 of their senior year of high school.

To be considered for direct admission, high school graduates must:

  • Apply to WMU by the early application date, as defined by the University, and be accepted.
  • Demonstrate excellent academic performance in their high school curriculum, particularly in sciences.
  • Have high ACT (or equivalent) scores.

Selection criteria for direct admission to the professional nursing program include at least all of the following:

  • High school GPA of at least 3.6 or higher.
  • Composite ACT score at or above 26.
  • At least one year of high school chemistry (grades will be evaluated).
  • At least two years of high school biology (grades will be evaluated).

High school graduates who are selected for direct admission to the professional nursing program will be notified as to their acceptance in the early spring of their admission year.

Once admitted to the professional nursing program in the fall of their freshman year, direct admission students must:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 University cumulative GPA.
  • Earn a B (3.0) or better in each of the prerequisite sciences courses (CHEM 1510 and 1520, CHEM 1530 and 1540, and BIOS 1910 and 2400).
  • Earn no less than a C (2.0) in all other courses.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses within one year.

Failure to maintain these standards will result in removal of direct admit status and will require reapplication to the professional nursing program on a competitive basis with other applicants.