1) How much of the pre-nursing coursework do I need to complete to apply to the Weber State University (WSU) program? 
      A student can apply without having completed any of the coursework. You must have two things to apply to the WSU nursing program:
      1)  A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. The higher your GPA, the more points you will receive.
      2)  An ACT score of 22 or higher. You can circumvent this rule with completion of 25 or more credit hours from the prerequisite and support courses, a USU Letter of Completion or a previous degree.
 

2)       Where and when do I apply to this program?  
      The application becomes available online in October. You may access the application and checklist at the following Web site:   www.weber.edu/nursing
 
3)       Why do you have classes listed as prerequisite and support courses?  What is the difference?
      The prerequisite courses must be completed by the time you are admitted to the program and begin the nursing curriculum.  For example, if you applied to the program February 1st, 2009 and were accepted to the program, you would begin the nursing coursework in August 2009.  All prerequisite courses would have to be completed before or during the summer semester 2009.  The support courses can be completed prior to admittance but can be taken with the nursing coursework.
 
4)       How do I get my Letter of Completion?
      When you have completed all the general education requirements and they have been posted on your transcript, you will need to contact Yvonne Kobe, Biology Advising Office, BNR 101, and a Letter of Completion Request form will be filled out.  This request will go through the College of Science and then on to the Registrar, who will write the letter.  You should include a copy of the Letter of Completion in your application packet.  The original will be sent directly to WSU.
 
5)       What is a Letter of Completion?  
      The Letter of Completion states that you have met the general education requirements of Utah State University.
 
6)       I understand that Doug Watson, admission advisor from Weber State University, comes to USU four times a year.  How do I know when he will be visiting?  
      Yes, Doug Watson visits USU four times each year to meet with pre-nursing students and give them advice.  He also visits in October when the applications become available and he will explain how the points will be appropriated.  The only way the Biology Advising Office can let you know about these visits is if you subscribe to our pre-nursing email list.  You will need to visit the following URL to put your name and email on this distribution list:
         http://lists.usu.edu/mailman/listinfo/pre-nursing_list
 
7)       How many students get into this program each year? 
      WSU Logan Campus has 30 spots available for CNAs applying to the RN program.  They have 10 spots available for LPNs applying to the RN program. 
 
8)       I took the Biomedical Core at WSU when I was in high school.  Does this meet the anatomy and physiology requirement for nursing? 
      The Biomedical Core does meet the requirement for the nursing program.  USU does not consider the Biomedical Core to be equivalent to Biology 2420-Human Physiology or Biology 2320-Human Anatomy.
 
9)       What if my GPA is 2.99 -- will I be considered?  
      Your application WILL NOT be considered.  You will need to work to improve your GPA. 
 
10)   How do I become a CNA (Certified Nurse Aide)?  
      This is a certification that can be obtained through Bridgerland Applied Technology College.
 
11)   Is there a way to know how many points I have? 
      Once you have completed some of the coursework, you can make a phone appointment with the WSU Advising Office at 1-800-350-7042 or healthprofessions@weber.edu and they can determine an approximation of your points.
 
12)   Is it easier to get into the Weber Campus compared to WSU Logan Campus?  
      The number of applicants to each program changes each year.  There is no way to know where students will apply. See statistics below:   
                                               
WSU-Logan Campus CNA->RN
 
 
 
  Year
Applicants
Qualified Applicants
Accepted
Alternates
Support GPA
CUM GPA
2008/2009
128
117
30
11
3.55
3.66
2007/2008
70
60
30
12
3.73
3.64
2006/2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005/2006
108
97
24
8
3.61
3.61
2004/2005
97
91
32
6
3.67
3.7
WSU-Ogden Campus  CNA->RN
 
 
 
2008/2009
495
417
90
34
3.55
3.54
2007/2008
408
353
100
30
3.58
3.56
2006/2007
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005/2006
348
279
110
51
3.55
3.57
2004/2005
264
229
70
35
3.83
3.84
 
 
13)   I am interested in becoming an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) before applying to the RN program.  Do you offer that program at USU?  
     No.  The LPN certification is offered through Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 435-750-3102.
 
14)    Is it advantageous to become an LPN and then apply to the RN program? 
      USU has 30 spots available for CNAs applying to the RN program and 10 spots available for LPNs applying to the RN program.  There is no way to know how many students will apply each year to the WSU Logan Campus, so no way to know if there would be an advantage. The LPN program coursework is the first year of nursing classes.
 
15)   I am graduating from the LPN program, how do I apply to the RN program?  
      Please contact the WSU Advising Office.  LPN applicants have different application dates and requirements.
 
16)   Is it true that I will be starting into the second year of nursing coursework if I have my LPN? 
      Yes, the LPNs have completed anatomy, physiology, microbiology, psychology, and nutrition prior to applying to that program.  The LPN program includes the first year of nursing coursework.  Please talk to WSU about getting into the RN program.
 
If you have further questions, please add your name to the Pre-nursing email list:   http://lists.usu.edu/mailman/listinfo/pre-nursing_list .  We will notify you of weekly Information Sessions beginning in Fall 2008 for students applying to the nursing program.  Please be aware that the nursing program is a Weber State University program. The Biology Advising Center and University Advising’s role is to offer alternative solutions, career options, and help determine appropriate course work ­­­­­­while a student tries to get in the RN program.  We are not involved with WSU nursing applications, the application process or the point system.  You will need to talk with the WSU pre-nursing advising office with all questions regarding these topics.
 
Weber State University has an additional FAQ sheet.  Please visit:   http://www.weber.edu/Nursing/FAQ.html
 
 
 
Biology Advising Office, December 4, 2008