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1906 College Heights Blvd #11052 Bowling Green, KY 42101-1052

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Effective Date: 8/1/2018 - 7/31/2019

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Science degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate NURSING (AS TO BSN) degree at Western Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression

Semester 1Credit Hours
ENG 101 (3) 3
Humanities Course 3
PSY 110 (3) 3
NS Course 3
MAT 150 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2Credit Hours
ENG 102 (3) 3
COM 181 (3) 3
STA 220 (3) 3
PSY 223 (3) 3
BIO 225 (4) 4
Total Credit Hours16

Semester 3Credit Hours
CHE 130 (3) 4
BIO 137 (4) 4
NFS 101 (3) 3
CIT 105 (3) or CIT 130 (3) or IMD 100 (3) or OST 105 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours14
Semester 4Credit Hours
Heritage Course 3
SB Course 3
BIO 139 (4) 4
NAA 100 (3) 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours16

Pre-Transfer Notes

The WKU Nursing program is a selective admission program and thus requires a formal application process with completion of 45-48 hours of the required prerequisites, to include that 11 of the 16 credit hours of science prerequisites are completed by application deadline date. NURS 102, Introduction to Professional Nursing and NURS 324 Pathophysiology, which are only offered at WKU (NURS 102 On Demand for transfer student when it is not feasible for them to travel to campus; NURS 324 On Demand coming soon, currently face-to-face only) are additional prerequisite courses that will need to be complete or in progress of completion at time of application (minimum grade of C is required for NURS 102, NURS 324, sciences, college algebra, nutrition, psychology, and statistics courses). AHS 115 or CLA 131 are not required but strongly encouraged as an elective. Complete application materials and information can be found at the WKU School of Nursing and Allied Health website: This program is not for RN prepared nurses. See website for the RN to BSN program for details.

Students must maintain a C or better grade in each science course and each course in the major, and a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

Those with questions about the WKU Nursing program may contact:
School of Nursing and Allied Health
College of Health and Human Services
Phone: 270-745-3391

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression

Semester 5Credit Hours
NURS 333 (3) 3
NURS 334 (2) 2
NURS 335 (3) 3
NURS 336 (1) 1
NURS 337 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours12
Semester 6Credit Hours
NURS 329 (2) 2
NURS 341 (3) 3
NURS 342 (3) 3
NURS 343 (3) 3
NURS 344 (1) 1
Total Credit Hours12

Semester 7Credit Hours
NURS 429 (2) 2
NURS 413 (3) 3
NURS 432 (3) 3
NURS 433 (3) 3
NURS 444 (4) 4
NURS 445 (2) 2
Total Credit Hours17
Semester 8Credit Hours
NURS 403 (4) 4
NURS 421 (3) 3
NURS 422 (4) 4
NURS 448 (3) 3
NURS 449 (2) 2
Total Credit Hours16

Program Notes

It is recommended taking NURS 324 during the last semester of prerequisites before applying to the BSN program..

Those with questions about the WKU Nursing program may contact:
School of Nursing and Allied Health
College of Health and Human Services
Phone: 270-745-3391

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