Nursing (Liberal Arts)


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

These are options for preparing for the nursing profession at Wheaton:

  1. LA/N as a first major - 3-2 program
  2. LA/N as a second major - a four year major is selected; all the requirements for LA/N as a second major must still be fulfilled, including enrollment in nursing school
  3. Pre-nursing student (non-LA/N major) with an interest in the nursing profession will select a four year major and will enroll in courses towards completing 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.

These are specifically 3-2 programs:

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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