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Wheaton College offers a 3-2 Liberal Arts/Nursing Program leading to both a B.S. from Wheaton and the appropriate clinical degree (BSN, MSN) from CCNE and NLNAC accredited nursing schools. 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. Assistance is given the student in transferring to an affiliate program from the 3-2 program of the Liberal Arts/Nursing major. The last two years or more are spent at the nursing school.

Please consult the Wheaton College On-line Catalog regarding course prerequisites to fulfill the requirements for the Liberal Arts Nursing major. 

Pathways to the Nursing Profession at Wheaton

The Health Professions program administers the Liberal Arts/Nursing major (LA/N) and also provides advisement and support services for pre-nursing students who are non-LA/N majors. The Pre-Nursing program at Wheaton College is comprised of these pathways. Students may select:

  • LA/N major as a first major - 3-2 program
    • This program leads to both a B.S. from Wheaton and the appropriate clinical degree (BSN, MSN) from CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing schools. Wheaton provides a solid Christian liberal arts foundation, including pre-nursing courses, during the three years the student is at Wheaton. Clinical education occurs the last two years or more at the nursing school (Emory, Vanderbilt).
  • LA/N as a second major - all requirements for the major must still be fulfilled including enrollment in nursing school
  • Non-LA/N major with an interest in the nursing profession and a desire to complete admissions requirements for application to nursing schools

Nursing School Affiliates

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. Some schools have phased out their BSN and/or ABSN programs. Some have initiated Direct Entry Masters programs. Many schools offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP). In collaboration with Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing >> at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, students may pursue the DNP degree (MN/MSN/DNP). A DNP is also offered at Rush, Johns Hopkins >>, and Vanderbilt.

The nature of the agreements Wheaton has are affiliate-specific. If one of Wheaton's nursing school affiliates changes their program, Wheaton must reflect those changes by adjusting and adapting our pre-nursing program.

  • Liberal Arts Nursing major (3-2 Program)
    • Nell Hodgson Woodruff Nursing School, Emory University
      • For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
      • For the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
      • Vanderbilt has a formalized arrangement with Wheaton
  • The following schools now require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Previously Wheaton had a 3-2 relationship with these schools.
    • Rush University
      • Still considers Wheaton students "affiliates"
    • Johns Hopkins University
      • Still considers Wheaton a Partner Institution
    • Case Western Reserve
      • Case Western has a collaborative relationship with Wheaton.
      • LA/N majors in the 3-2 program have also been accepted
  • All of these schools offer other degrees and offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Case Western was the first to offer the degree (1979).

In the last five years, our relationship with Rush University College of Nursing >>, Chicago, IL, has changed. In 2007 they began to transition by phasing out their BSN and ABSN programs. They no longer offered a 3-2 program. They initiated their Generalist Entry Masters program (GEM). Now a bachelor's degree is required for admission.  Our relationship with Johns Hopkins >> changed in 2013. A bachelor's degree is required for admission.

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