The Health Professions program administers the Liberal Arts/Nursing major (LA/N) and provides advising and support services for pre-nursing students who are non-LA/N majors.
Healthcare practitioners are needed in the United States and throughout the world to address the needs of those suffering from illness and disease and to promote health and wellness to all individuals. A career in Nursing opens the door for a fulfilling life journey of care and ministry for those in need.
Since 1982, our program has prepared students for the Nursing profession by providing a solid Christian liberal arts foundation, including pre-nursing courses, during the years the student is at Wheaton College. Students who wish to pursue a career in Nursing can choose from two pathways. Students most often choose to apply for a graduate Nursing program after completion of a non-nursing Bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College, while some others choose to pursue a dual-degree (BS in Liberal Arts-Nursing and BSN) program in partnership with a second CCNE or ACEN accredited institution.
Pathways to Nursing
- Pursue a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field at Wheaton College
- Apply to a Graduate Nursing Program
Students should work in consultation with the Health Professions office to ensure that they are choosing courses best suited for admission to a graduate program in Nursing.
- Pursue three years of study in Wheaton’s Liberal Arts-Nursing Major
- Apply and continue for an additional one or two years at a CCNE or ACEN accredited School of Nursing (see suggestions below)
- Receive a BS in Liberal Arts-Nursing from Wheaton, and a BSN from the second institution
Students who wish to choose the Dual-Degree option should do so under the direction and consultation of the Health Professions Office.
Wheaton College has special relationships with the following graduate nursing programs:
- Rush University - We are considered an Affiliated College of Rush University.
- Johns Hopkins University
Wheaton College also has school-specific Dual-Degree (3-1 or 3-2) agreements with such CCNE or ACEN accredited schools as:
- Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing
- Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff Nursing School
Wheaton College also has a supportive relationship with Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Students pursing either of the Wheaton College pathway options may apply to the Masters in Nursing program, students in the Liberal Arts-Nursing major may apply to the Senior Year in Professional Studies program, and students earning any bachelor’s degree at Wheaton may apply to the Graduate Entry program.
Students are welcome and encouraged to apply to other nursing programs outside of those with specific relationships or agreements, with the consultation of the Health Professions Office.