As a registered nurse (RN), you will be at the heart of a team dedicated to excellence in managing and delivering healthcare. This program provides the skills to integrate social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and pathophysiology into your clinical decision making. You will learn to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and mobilize resources to promote, maintain, and restore health. Critical thinking and problem solving using the nursing process are emphasized, preparing you for a leadership role. The practice of nursing includes adherence to established professional standards—consistently demonstrating caring, respect, and cultural sensitivity. There is a strong demand for nurses, in a wide variety of care settings.
All registered nurses are required to take a national exam to obtain a license to practice. Compared with all programs nationwide, Western graduates have been consistently successful in passing the exam.
Beginning with the Fall 2019 term, the Nursing program will move to a Petition Process to determine acceptance into the core Nursing courses. Read the information in the Admissions Requirements section below, or visit the Nursing Petition Requirements page for details.