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4-Year BSN: What to Expect

The Wittenberg 4-Year BSN program is for students who are not yet registered nurses.

Wittenberg University offers a rigorous four-year program through which students earn the Wittenberg Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and prepare to take the national registered nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). Students reap the benefits of strong liberal arts and professional education experiences while participating in all facets of traditional university student life. During all four years you are a Wittenberg student, live on Wittenberg's campus with full access to Wittenberg support services, and fully participate in Wittenberg student life including athletics. Admission to this program is competitive and currently limited to 35 students. The percentage of successful candidates depends on the number of total applicants.

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Information for Incoming Pre-licensure Nursing Students

Fall Schedule: Once you 1) submit your admission deposit and any prior college transcripts, 2) declare the Pre-Nursing major, and 3) complete the math and language placement tests, the Director of Nursing will register you for fall classes to ensure that you get into the required courses. This process occurs far in advance so it’s important to complete your information and respond to emails. You don’t need to complete your course preferences or do anything else. You can access your Fall Semester schedule on MyWitt in mid-July. Fall housing, roommate assignments, and other important Residence Life information will be available on MyWitt in mid-June.

Spring Schedule: About midway through Fall Semester you’ll meet with your nursing academic advisor. After meeting you will register yourself online for Spring Semester.

Before Year One

Visit with the Nursing Faculty. When you explore Wittenberg or visit campus, visit with the nursing faculty ( Nursing students are unique among other Wittenberg students. They declare the major immediately upon deposit and have early academic advising every term.

Take college credit classes. This helps you in so many ways:

  • College Credit Plus (CCP) is free of cost to your family while you’re in high school. After high school, transferrable community college courses can be taken at a reasonable cost. Need help selecting courses? Contact
  • Learning what college-level work requires.
  • Taking one class at a time instead of a full-time course load.
  • Lightening academic load during difficult semesters or competitive sports season.
  • Improving your chances of selection into nursing.
  • Opening opportunities to study abroad, study a minor, or double major.

By May 1

Year One

Students complete rigorous general education coursework including psychology, sociology, statistics, English, chemistry, and two semesters of language. Registration holds will prevent you from registering for required classes. During Fall Semester students are identified as Pre-nursing. Students who declare the Pre-Nursing major are automatically considered to have "applied" for nursing selection.

Selection. Declaring the pre-nursing major indicates your interest in participating in selection; there is no separate application process. Selection for nursing occurs in December after Fall Semester grades are posted. Selection is competitive based on Wittenberg GPA, total completed college credits, Wittenberg credits, date of deposit, and date of declaring the major. To participate in selection, students must have a cumulative 2.0+ Wittenberg grade point average (GPA; note that transfer credits do not affect the Wittenberg GPA) and a calculated 2.5+ GPA for all nursing curriculum courses regardless of where completed. Students are notified before Spring Semester of the selection results.

After selection to Nursing and well before the first clinical nursing course students must complete:

  • Acknowledgement of Nursing Student Handbook, code of conduct, confidentiality, and other policies
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR)
  • Criminal background check - this must be within 120 days of Fall so wait until Summer
  • Health requirements & immunizations
  • Physical examination
  • Proof of professional liability insurance
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training
  • Assessment of readiness for clinical

Years Two, Three and Four

Students who are accepted into Nursing complete challenging nursing classes, topic-specific nursing exams, and additional general education classes. Nursing classes consist of required lecture, simulation lab, and clinical learning experiences. Students must earn a minimum 78% examination average in each class to progress. Final course grades are calculated as:

  1. The final grade for the course will be the theory grade if the simulation lab and clinical performance are "Satisfactory." Students are required to achieve an average of 78% in the examination category of grading; if at least a 78% is earned in examinations, and the simulation and clinical performance is “Satisfactory”, the final grade will reflect the average of the scores earned in examination and other theory components.
  2. Regardless of the examination or cumulative theory grade, the final grade for the course will be an "F" if the simulation or clinical performance is "Unsatisfactory."
  3. Any one of the following constitutes a course failure in nursing: a) A grade below C (78%) in any nursing course, b) An unsatisfactory simulation or clinical grade, or c) Withdrawing under condition 3a or 3b.

Nursing classes may be repeated only once; reinstatement applications are considered on a space-available basis. Applying for reinstatement does not guarantee reinstatement. In general each nursing class is pre-requisite for the following nursing classes, which means that the nursing curriculum cannot be hastened. Wittenberg BSN students complete a minimum of 126 credit hours and complete all Wittenberg general education requirements, including 30 hours of community service. Wittenberg Nursing must verify that each candidate for the national nursing license examination (NCLEX-RN) has completed all program requirements.

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