BSN-Alternative Pre-Licensure Pathway

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The School of Nursing has permanently closed admissions to the Alternative Prelicensure Pathway BSN program as of June 2022. Students interested in the APP option are encouraged to pursue our newest BSN program: the three year/year-round course of study which encompasses 6 semesters of nursing courses. 

Why Choose Nursing?

If you are an LPN, EMT, paramedic, military medic/corpsman, or other health care worker with previous training in certain specialties, you can complete your BSN in as little as 20 months (five consecutive semesters) through Wright State’s BSN-Alternative Pre-Licensure Pathway.

This program option evaluates previous health care training to provide college credit if you are employed in one of the career fields mentioned above or have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and have direct patient care experience. A variety of specialized services are available.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Academics and Curriculum

View the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Sample Curriculum Pattern    

5 semesters (65 credit hours total)

Year 1 Fall
Course Number Course Name Credits (Total 13)
NUR 2124 Intro & Assessment (IW) 7
NUR 3100 Pathophysiology 3
HLT 3400 Pharmacology 3*     nursing support course
Year 1 Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits (Total 16)
NUR 3420 Mental Health 6
NUR 3480 Care of Adults 7
NUR 3200 Family Diversity 3
Year 1 Summer
Course Number Course Name Credits (Total 11)
NUR 3440 Obstetrics 4
NUR 3460 Pediatrics 4
NUR 3300 Foundations of EBP (IW) 3
Year 2 Fall
Course Number Course Name Credits (Total 12)
NUR 4420 Critical Care 6
NUR 4440 Public Health 6
Year 2 Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits (Total 13)
NUR 4460 Leadership Mgmt./Preceptorship 10
  Elective 3*     nursing support course

MC = Multicultural
IW = Integrated Writing
Additional courses may be needed to fulfill all graduation requirements. 120 semester hours required for BSN.


To be eligible to apply to the undergraduate nursing program, you must meet the following criteria:


Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree-seeking) student.


Complete by the application deadline date the following admission prerequisite courses or their equivalent with a grade of C or better, maintaining a minimum 2.75 prerequisite GPA:

  • Anatomy 2100 (Human Anatomy I)
  • Anatomy 2120 (Human Anatomy II)
  • English 1100 (Composition I)
  • Psychology 1010 (Introductory)
  • Psychology 3410 (Lifespan Developmental)
  • Chemistry 1020 (Organic)
  • Biology 1050*, 1070, 1120 or 1150
  • Statistics 1600

*BIO 1050 will only be accepted for the biology requirement for students admitted to Wright State prior to Fall 2022.

If you begin the anatomy and physiology series Fall 2015 or beyond, you must provide evidence of taking both anatomy and physiology courses at the same institution to ensure coverage of all necessary content prior to starting your series of nursing courses. This requirement will be only be waived if you provide documentation in the form of a course syllabus or other similar documentation that provides evidence of all required anatomy and physiology content.


Achieve a minimum composite score of 75 percent on the English language, the science, and the math modules on the HESI A2 Entrance exam.

See the Nurses Aid Training and HESI requirements chart to determine the need for HESI testing.


Complete all undergraduate coursework with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA.


Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process. It is to your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the application deadline. The results must be sent to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences, 160 University Hall, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.


Submit an Application for Admission (PDF) to the School of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences Student Affairs Office. Please attach copies of transcripts from all colleges previously attended and HESI result scores to the application. Complete applications and all supporting documentation, should only be submitted via email to

Application Deadline: May 15

Admission to the school is competitive due to constraints of the affiliating clinical facilities and program resources. The most qualified applicants are selected based on the following criteria: the achievement of a minimum score on the HESI A2 Entrance exam, admission prerequisite course work GPA, cumulative undergraduate course work GPA, and criminal records check.

  • The school has no waiting list. To be reconsidered for a subsequent admission period, you must reapply to the program and compete for admission with all other applicants for that period. 
  • If you are an admitted student, you may not defer entrance to the program; you must reapply.  Prior acceptance does not guarantee acceptance at a later date. 

In meeting the admission prerequisite courses or progression requirements:

  • You may repeat any science course once.
  • Only two science courses may be repeated.
  • All natural science courses must be current (taken within 10 years of acceptance to the program).

All applicants for admission to the nursing program receive consideration regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, creed, age, political views, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status.

Questions or concerns? Ask an advisor.

Progression Requirements

APP BSN - Student Checklist for Nursing Compliance Requirements

Upon receipt of your acceptance letter to the BSN program, set up your CastleBranch (CB) account. Then complete all of these items and load them into your CB account by August 1 if you are admitted for the Fall Semester.

*Review Prelicensure Program Requirements on the Handbooks and Requirements page for more information for these items:

  1. CastleBranch Instructions
  2. Student Checklist
  3. Student Physical Exam Forms
  4. CPR (BLS)
  5. Training Modules for Blood Borne Pathogen and Clinical Passport Training (GDAHA)
  6. Technical Standards - Please Read
  7. Technical Standards - Signature Sheet
  8. Nurse Aide Training (S.T.N.A.)


If you fail to submit all of these documents by the deadline, you may be ineligible to start the nursing program.

Clinical Uniforms

In addition, be sure to order and purchase your nursing uniforms. See Handbooks and Requirements for more information.

HESI A2 Entrance Exam

Nurses Aid Training & HESI Testing Requirements for Traditional Prelicensure and Alternative Prelicensure (APP) BSN Program, Updated June 2021
Previous Educational/Direct Care Experience Nurses Aid Training Course Completion Required Prior to Starting First Nursing Course? HESI Test Results Required for Application?
LPN No Yes
Military medic, EMT, paramedic Yes, or written verification of nurse aid experiences Yes
Bachelor’s degree with healthcare experience Yes No
Other Health related experiences or careers To be determined on and individual basis by the acting chair Yes
Direct Admits Yes No
  • What is the HESI RN Admission Assessment Exam?

    The Evolve Reach RN Admission Assessment Exam (A2) is a computer-based test consisting of a number of separate modules.

  • What content will be included in the test?

    The test has three modules

    1. English Language, which includes reading comprehension, vocabulary and general knowledge and grammar.
    2. Math focuses on math skills needed for health care fields, including basic addition subtraction, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, household measure, general math facts, etc.
    3. Science
      1. Biology covers biology basics, water, biological molecules, metabolism, cells, cellular, respiration, photosynthesis, etc.
      2. Chemistry contains test items that cover matter, chemical equations, and reactions, the periodic table, atomic structure nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, etc.
      3. You will not be tested on anatomy, physiology or physics.
  • When can I register and take the test?

    For the May 15 application deadline: You must register for the test by May 1. The test must be taken no later than May 8. Normally, you can take the test within a week after registration.

    For the September 15 application deadline: You must register for the test by September 1. The test must be taken no later than September 8.

  • What is Wright State University’s Department ID?


  • How do I register for the test?

    To register for your Elsevier I HESI exam, you will need an Evolve student account. If you do not already have one, you can create it at:

    Click on the “Register for Distance Testing” link located under HESI Secured Exams. Click on the “Register” button and then “Redeem/Checkout.” You will then create an account. Once you have completed that, you will be taken back to “My Cart” and must hit “Submit.” You can access your login credentials by clicking “My Account” and selecting “Account Settings”. When you return to My Evolve you will see a HESI Assessment section in your Content List. Click the link for “Student Access” to get started.

    You will be then taken to the HESI Assessment Homepage. From there click on “Register for Distance Testing Exam” and do the following:

    1. Enter your school’s ID #: Wright State University Dept. ID is 198996
    2. Select the appropriate exam: A2 (V1 for the first time taking the exam or V2 for the second time taking the exam)
    3. Verify and check the box that reads “My Evolve profile is the same as it appears on my government-issued photo ID.”
    4. Confirm info by selecting the checkbox at the bottom of the page
    5. Click “Submit” button

    You will receive an email Confirmation Notice indicating that you may schedule your exam. Please carefully review the information contained in your Confirmation Notice. If any of the information is incorrect, or if the information has changed, please contact Elsevier Review and Testing at Failure to do so could result in forfeiture of your testing appointment and associated fees. PLEASE NOTE: You will receive your Eligibility ID within 1-3 business days of our receipt of your eligibility request.

    Once it is processed, you will receive an email confirming your eligibility and providing instruction that directs you to the Prometric website to schedule and pay for the exam.

    If you have problems while registering for the exam (i.e., error messages), please contact Evolve at 800.950.2728 x6935.

  • What is the cost of the test?

    Please visit website for current price of test.

  • Where can I take the exam?

    You can take the test at any Prometric testing center. There is a testing center on Dayton Xenia Road in Beavercreek. Once you follow the registration process listed above, you will receive an email confirming your eligibility and providing instruction that directs you to the Prometric website to schedule and pay for the exam.

  • How can I prepare for the test?

    You can purchase Admission Assessment Exam Review, 3rd Edition (ISBN 978-1455703333) or purchase an online course. The study guide can be purchased at the Wright State bookstore. To purchase the text online and register for the online review go to

    Also, you can purchase McGraw-Hill’s Nursing School Entrance Exams, 2rd Edition (ISBN 978-0071810494).

  • How far in advance of entering the nursing program can I take the test?

    Wright State University College of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences has no age limit on the test scores. You may take the test at any time.

  • How much time is allotted to take the test?

    Students are permitted four hours to complete the test.

  • What score must I achieve to be eligible for admission to Wright State University College of Nursing and Heath?

    You must achieve a composite score of 75 percent on each subject area of the test.

  • What if I am unsuccessful my first attempt on the HESI A2?

    There are two versions of the exam. You are allowed to test once on each version within a 6-month period. You may register for the exam and only take the sections that need an improved score, but you will be required to pay the full price for the exam.

    If you do not pass the HESI RN Assessment Exam on your second attempt, you are no longer eligible to apply for admission to the college.

HESI A2 Registration Directions

Program Outcomes

Successful completion of the B.S.N. meets the educational requirements for the RN license in Ohio as regulated by the Ohio Board of Nursing

Successful completion of the B.S.N. meets the educational requirements for RN licensure in all other states, but other requirements may vary from state to state. If you are planning to pursue RN licensure in a state other than Ohio, please contact the licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

The B.S.N. graduate will:

  1. Meet the requirements for graduation which encompasses the arts, the sciences, and nursing for the basis of professional nursing practice. (Essential I)
  2. Use basic organizational and systems leadership skills for client safety and quality client care. (Essential II)
  3. Integrates current relevant evidence in professional nursing practice. (Essential III)
  4. Implement health care information technology in the management of client care. (Essential IV)
  5. Analyze legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care. (Essential V)
  6. Use effective interpersonal and interprofessional communication and collaboration to improve client health outcomes. (Essential VI)
  7. Implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions at the individual and community levels to improve population health. (Essential VII)
  8. Exhibit professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (Essential VIII)
  9. Practice at a baccalaureate nurse generalist level with clients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings; considering the variation, complexity, and resources necessary for the provision of care. (Essential IX)

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