Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Nursing, Associate of Science in Nursing (273P, 273)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/nursing

Program Coordinator

Lora W. Moore, lora.moore@wku.edu, (270) 780-2508

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program assists Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in ASN Program completion by offering online didactic delivery, scheduling options, challenge exams and credit for prior learning. The ASN Program prepares the graduate as a generalist to give nursing care in a variety of health care settings and provides the knowledge base for career mobility. ASN Program graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX exam to become a registered nurse.

Admission Requirements for Associate of Science in Nursing:

Applicants seeking admission to the ASN Program:

  1. Submit the nursing program application by the designated deadline.
  2. Submit application for admission to Western Kentucky University if not already enrolled.
  3. Submit current LPN license. 
  4. Take the required admission assessment test.  
  5. Participate in an admission interview process if requested.  
  6. Applicants with less than 10 earned university credit hours must submit ACT examination results.  
  7. Applicants with 10 or more earned university credit hours must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or greater or a minimum grade point average of 2.75 calculated using only the ASN program’s required non-nursing courses.
  8. Applicants who have completed college course/degrees at institutions other than WKU must submit a copy of his/her transcript to the ASN program with application as well as request an official transcript be sent to the WKU Office of Admissions, Potter Hall, Room 117, 270.745.2551 in order to receive transfer credit for required courses.

Upon admission to the ASN Program, and after successful completion of NUR 150PSY 220 / PSYS 220, and BIOL 131, the licensed practical nurse will be awarded eight hours academic credit for NUR 104NUR 105, and NUR 106.

LPNs may receive credit on the basis of departmental examinations for NUR 165NUR 215, and NUR 254. LPNs must contact the ASN Program office for examination details. Additionally, LPNs may receive credit for prior learning for NUR 156NUR 166, and NUR 216 after successful completion of each clinical course’s didactic component.

Program Requirements (61 hours)

The ASN Program consists of coursework in nursing, supportive sciences and general education courses. The degree requires a minimum of 61 semester hours including 42 semesters hours in Nursing courses plus 19 hours of other courses which include: BIOL 131, BIOL 207, PSY 220/PSYS 220, ENG 100, a 3 hour Quantitative Reasoning course, and one 3 hour Arts and Humanities (AH) course. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all NUR prefix courses, BIOL 131 and BIOL 207. 

Required Courses
NUR 104Calculations for Nursing1
NUR 105Fundamentals of Nursing6
NUR 106Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical1
NUR 150LPN to RN Transition1
NUR 155Medical-Surgical Nursing I6
NUR 156Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical2
NUR 157Medical-Surgical Nursing I Skills Lab1
NUR 165Mental Health Nursing3
NUR 166Mental Health Nursing Clinical1
NUR 208Medical-Surgical Nursing II5
NUR 209Medical-Surgical Nursing IIClinical3
NUR 215Maternal-Newborn Nursing2
NUR 216Maternal-Newborn Nursing Clinical1
NUR 254Pediatric Nursing2
NUR 255Medical Surgical Nursing III3
NUR 257Nursing Seminar & Practicum4
Additional Courses
BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 207General Microbiology3
PSY/PSYS 220Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology3
ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
Select a Quantitative Reasoning course3
Select an Arts and Humanities (AH) course3
Total Hours61