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 or 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
- 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
What are Wheaton's school-specific relationships with the nursing schools?
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).
The nature of the agreements Wheaton has are school-specific. If the nursing profession or nursing schools change their program or requirements, Wheaton must reflect those changes by adjusting and adapting our pre-nursing program.
- Liberal Arts Nursing major (3-2 Program)
- 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"
- Generalist Entry Masters (GEM)
- Johns Hopkins University
- Still considers Wheaton a Partner Institution
- Master's Entry into Nursing
- Case Western Reserve
- Case Western has a collaborative relationship with Wheaton.
- LA/N majors in the 3-2 program have also been accepted
- All five of these schools offer other degrees and dual degrees (MSN/MPH).
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP):
- In collaboration with Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, Wheaton students may pursue the DNP degree (MN/MSN/DNP).
- Case Western was the first to offer the DNP degree (1979).
- A DNP is also offered at Rush, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, and Emory.