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BSN Holistic Admission Nursing

Holistic Admission Process

The goal of WSSU’s BSN Holistic Admission Process is to identify applicants who are compassionate and dedicated with diverse experiences, a broad knowledge base, and skills necessary to grow into nurses who are safe, competent, critical thinkers prepared to meet the constantly evolving health needs of the community.

Acceptance into the nursing program is based upon the admission criteria. Meeting the minimal admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the Upper Division of Nursing. *Based on the competitive nature of the program, some qualified applicants may not be admitted. A ranking system will be used to determine admission to the Division of Nursing. The ranking system awards points for each admission criterion. Please review information below and follow the guidelines explicitly to facilitate the processing of your application. Failure to comply with all directions and requirements will result in the application not being reviewed.

  • Please Note: The BSN Admission Criteria are updated*, as highlighted in Bold, to provide broader access and timeline to the eligible applicants.  

* The New BSN Admission Criteria Is Effective January 2024 Pending All Required Approval. 


  • 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 pre-requisite nursing science courses and the NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing.
    • Students are allowed 2 attempts to successfully make a grade of C or better.
    • C _ in the pre-requisite nursing science courses taken at WSSU will be considered.
    • NUR 2313 - Introduction to Professional Nursing cannot be transferred. Course can only be taken at WSSU. 
    • All science courses must have been completed within the past 10 years at the time of application submission.
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA 2.6
  • Minimum Science GPA 2.6
  • ATI TEAS test score

Students applying to the Traditional BSN Option are required to successfully complete the Professional Nursing (NUR 2313) course before starting the TBSN program.

Students applying to the Accelerated BSN Option will take Introduction to Professional Nursing (NUR 2313) once admitted into the program.

For more information about admissions and the different program pathway options, please visit the WSSU Catalog.

  1. Meet with your academic advisor, preferably the semester prior, to ensure readiness to submit the application for entry into the Nursing Program.
  2. Register and complete the ATI TEAS test. Use the TEAS Registration Instructions for guidance. 
      1. Test results with any Academic Preparedness Level will be considered; however a minimum level of “Proficient” is preferred.
        You may take the TEAS exam up to three (3) times with a minimum of 30 days between attempts in a one-year time period. The TEAS exam score is valid for one year.
      2. After completion of the exam, applicants must upload test results/Individual Performance Profile in the application portal. The Individual Performance Profile must show the scores for ALL sections of the test as well as the total score and academic preparedness level (see sample picture below).

    Sample ATI TEAS Test Report

  3. Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended. Transcripts must show final grades for general education and nursing pre-requisite courses completed, courses in which you are currently enrolled, current GPA, and conferred degree if applicable. (DO NOT SUBMIT DEGREE AUDITS). WSSU transcripts are not required for upload. 
    1. Failure to disclose all institutions attended, including any concurrent enrollments, may result in retraction of admission and/or dismissal from the nursing program.
    2. If the applicant is admitted to the nursing program, all official transcripts must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for processing before the end of the first semester in the nursing program.
  4. Submit application for review.

    *If you complete the first page, you will be able to exit the application and come back to it later.

  • Traditional BSN Application: 
      • Tentative Early Admission Application Option - Open: October 15 – December 1st
        • Early Admission Application Deadline: December 1st at midnight.
      • Regular Admission Application Option- Open: October 15 – March 1st
        • Regular Admission Application Deadline: March 1st at midnight.  
  • Accelerated BSN Application Open: July 1 – September 1
    • Application Deadline: September 1 at midnight.

*All admission requirements, including completion of the ATI TEAS, must be submitted on or before the application deadline date. 

*Applications submitted past the deadline might not be accepted.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please send all correspondence to nursingosa@wssu.edu.