As part of your BSN degree in nursing program, you will learn more about essential career-advancing skills such as communication, critical thinking, and leadership. Nursing is a quickly growing field; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that registered nurse employment will increase by 15% from 2016 – 2026.

The BSN degree in nursing program is designed to be flexible and convenient to meet the needs of today’s students. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. We are non-profit, regionally accredited and nationally ranked as one of the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report

  • Eight-week terms with six start dates during the year
  • Learn from faculty with practitioner experience
  • Accept up to 90 credits in transfer
  • Credit awarded for military experience


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Programmatic Accreditation

The Nursing Program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON)

Iowa Board of Nursing
Riverpoint Business Park
400 SW 8th St., Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309

The baccalaureate nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) (400 SW 8th st., Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309; 515-281-3255).

The baccalaureate nursing program at Iowa Wesleyan University located in Mount Pleasant, Iowa is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is continuing accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Career Outlook

2018 Median Yearly Pay
Available Jobs in 2016
Growth of Jobs 2016-2026

Student Comments

Iowa Wesleyan was very convenient, working with my crazy schedule of being a 12-hour rotating shift nurse with an active family!Claire Harapat ‘12



This program is designed for practicing nurses that have achieved RN licensure.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the BSN Degree in Nursing program you must have:

  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on all previous college work (on a 4.0 scale).
  • RN Licensure
  • Mandatory requirements (completed before starting the Nursing classes)
  • Grade of C or better in all nursing support courses


In this course, students will be introduced to college-level writing. Assignments will move from first-person essay to more traditional academic writing such as rhetorical analysis and persuasive essays. The course also examines visual texts and focuses on revision and reflective writing. The course promotes as learning outcomes an understanding of rhetorical foundations such as audience, voice, and genre; development of effective writing process that includes scaffolding and peer review; demonstration of research skills and accurate citation of sources; and participation in academic conversations that produce polished, final writings in a portfolio.

In this course, students will be introduced to college-level research. Assignments will focus on researching and creating knowledge about one’s field or major through reflective writing, professional and scholarly resources, interviews with members of one’s field. Essays will move from an initial sketch of the student’s interests in the field to a report on the current job market to a research-driven essay examining a problem in the field and eventual revision and expansion with more scholarly sources. The course promotes as learning outcomes an understanding of discourse communities and professional networking; demonstration of thorough research techniques, knowledge gathering, implementation, and accurate citation of sources; and participation in professional conversations that produce work approaching those of incoming experts in the field.

This lecture/laboratory course introduces the student to the basic cell processes. It will also cover the anatomy and physiology of the tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology at the chemical, cellular, tissue, organ, system and organismal levels. Prerequisites: 4 hrs of Chemistry.

This lecture/laboratory course introduces the student to the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the anatomical and physiological interrelationships of these systems, and explain the components, structure and functions of the human body. Prerequisites: BIO 241.

An introductory course dealing primarily with the biology of bacteria, although other microorganisms are also studied. The importance of beneficial as well as disease- causing microorganisms is presented. Laboratory techniques for culturing and nutritional differentiation are studied and performed. Students will be able to isolate, culture, and identify various microorganisms. Prerequisites: 8 hours of biology, 4 hours of Chemistry.

A mathematically based introductory course in chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical relationships, quantitative relationships, and gas theories. Laboratory will emphasize concepts covered in lecture. Upon successful completion, students will be able to solve qualitative and quantitative problems involving stoichiometric relationships, will have an understanding of kinetic molecular theory and how it applies to the behavior of gases, and will possess the basic conceptual vocabulary necessary to understand chemical information.

An introduction to probability and statistics. Students satisfactorily completing this course will demonstrate skills in assignment of probability using permutations and combinations, distributions of random variables and statistics, and large sample theory, introduction to estimation and tests of significance. Includes Excel lab.

This course provides a broad overview of the science of psychology including its main sub-disciplines, such as abnormal psychology, motivation, personality, memory, learning, emotions, therapy and biopsychology. By completing this course, students should be able to demonstrate an increased understanding of themselves and others, show appreciation for the nature and range of the science of psychology, identify the career possibilities that are available in the field of psychology and show themselves proficient in the scientific methods employed in psychological research.

This course considers the development of an individual from conception through adolescence. By completing this course, students should be able to describe their own childhood and explain the influence it has had on shaping their adult personality, identify the main content areas in the study of human development and describe and critique the impact of governmental policies on children so as to become informed participants in shaping public policy.

An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of sociology. Special attention will be given to examination of individuals and groups in society; social class and conflict; social institutions such as family, education, religion, political organization; and social change. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to explain the above-mentioned social topics and to analyze the dynamics of various social situations.

BSN Degree in Nursing

Bridge to Professional Nursing is designed as a transition to baccalaureate nursing education. The student who successfully completes this course will be able to integrate the concepts of nursing, person, health, and environment into professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: Completion of RN to BSN Degree in Nursing program prerequisites and RN licensure.

Nursing Care in the Community focuses on professional nursing practice that assists the community as a client. Content includes concepts of environmental health, epidemiology, and care of the community. The student will understand community as a client is defined as an individual, family, aggregate, or group. Through the BSN degree in nursing program, the student will be able to integrate critical thinking, the nursing process, research, and holistic care as it pertains to the community.

Prerequisites: NUR 301

Nursing Leadership and Management focuses on the study of nursing organizational, leadership and management theories and their supporting concepts as they relate to professional nursing. The student will be able to integrate critical thinking, decision- making, delegation, communication, power and conflict resolution as it contributes to the leadership role of the professional nurse.

Prerequisites:  NUR 301

Nursing Research is an introduction to the concepts and process of research and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in nursing. The focus is on understanding research and its foundation for nursing practice. As a consumer of research, the student will be able to understand the various types of research, and which type is used for exploring different phenomena. The student will also be exposed to evidence based practice, and it’s importance in healthcare.

Prerequisites: NUR 301 and MATH 171

Advanced Concepts of Pathophysiology examines pathophysiological and psychological aspects of alterations in major body systems. Emphasis is on the holistic nature of human responses to health alterations. Understanding disease processes promotes better decision making in assessing, planning, and implementing care of clients and is essential for professional nursing practice. Prerequisites: NUR 301

Nursing Capstone is the culmination of the RN to BSN students’ demonstration of their knowledge, skills, and attitudes with regard to the implementation of a quality improvement project. Prerequisites for a BSN Degree in Nursing: Completion of all RN-BSN courses.

Wesleyan Studies

Wesleyan Studies is the general education curriculum at IW.

ENG 109 College Composition (WI)
ENG 110 College Research (WI)
COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking

Math – complete Math for Life, Elementary Stats, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus
Science – complete one Natural or Physical Science course with lab

Complete two classes, one theory-based and performance-based

Complete two classes from a choice of Religion/Philosophy/History/English/Economics. Must be from two different categories.

Complete one class from a pool of Psychology or Sociology options.

WS 300 Global Issues

Note: Some requirements in Wesleyan Studies may be met by completing the prerequisites of the nursing program.
Learn more about the details of Wesleyan Studies


To graduate with a BSN Degree in Nursing you must have:

  1. A 2.75 GPA must be maintained to progress within the nursing program
  2. Complete all Wesleyan Studies, support, and major courses and requirements with an overall GPA of 2.75
  3. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with at least 30 upper-level credits
  4. Complete at least 30 credit hours from Iowa Wesleyan University
  5. Receive a minimum grade of a B- in all nursing courses

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements


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