Pathways to the Nursing Profession at Wheaton
Wheaton College offers a number of pathways to pursue a nursing career. One path is the Liberal Arts-Nursing major. This majors leads to both a B.S. from Wheaton and the appropriate clinical degree (BSN) from the CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing school. Since 1982, this program has prepared students for the nursing profession by providing a solid Christian liberal arts foundation, including pre-nursing courses, during the three years the student is at Wheaton. The final year or two is spent at the nursing school. During the time in nursing school, tuition and fees are paid to the respective nursing program and students apply for financial aid with that institution as well. Completion of the Wheaton degree is contingent upon successful completion of the nursing program as well.
The second pathway is to pursue a non-nursing major at Wheaton and then apply to a graduate entry nursing or accelerated BSN program upon graduation. A majority of students choose this option.
The length of time to complete the nursing training is contingent upon the type of program pursued. Questions about the opportunities to pursue nursing at Wheaton can be directed to the Health Professions Office. Please consult the Wheaton College On-line Catalog regarding course prerequisites to fulfill the requirements for the Liberal Arts Nursing major.
The following schools have a relationship with Wheaton College regarding the application process to the various nursing programs. The nature of the agreements Wheaton has are school-specific.
- Liberal Arts Nursing major (3-1 Program)
- Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing
- Transition to Nursing program
- The IWU program is 14 months and has two entry time options (January and June)
- Liberal Arts Nursing major (3-2 Program)
- The following schools require a baccalaureate degree for admission. (Previously Wheaton had a 3-2 relationship with these schools.)
- All four of these schools offer other degrees and dual degrees (MSN/MPH).
- Students are welcome and encouraged to apply to other nursing programs outside of those with specific agreements. The Health Professions office can help students navigate this process.
The nursing profession desires to have more highly educated nurses and nurse leaders. Nursing schools have been in transition in order to educate better prepared nurses and nurse leaders for the future.