ADMISSION GUIDE FOR RN TO BSN MOBILITY
Registered Nurses pursuing core academic requirements in the RN to BSN curriculum at Wallace Community College are students of WCC and are identified as BS1 (our code for Registered Nurses pursuing RN to BSN) majors. This allows one to take advantage of the lower tuition rate offered by the two-year college system and receive specialized advisement in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution. The one year sequence of nursing courses offered by four-year institutions is comprised of specialized nursing courses to provide content not required for basic Registered Nurse education at the associate degree or diploma level. Those nearing completion of their required academic courses will be advised to make application to their preferred four-year institution and to that school of nursing prior to the respective admission deadlines. Entry points and application deadlines vary from institution to institution, so it is imperative that students remain in contact with their WCC advisor and the four-year liaison to which they will be referred.
Students enrolled in or preparing for entry into the Associate Degree Nursing program at WCC are also encouraged to keep the RN to BSN Mobility option in mind as academic coursework is completed. Each student’s course load, financial assistance, and additional personal responsibilities differ while they are pursuing their initial nursing education to become a Registered Nurse. With that in mind, many students take additional coursework leading to the core bachelor’s level academic requirements while pursuing the ADN program. While enrolled in the ADN program, it is feasible for students to complete the ADN program having most or all bachelor degree level academics, sit for licensure and become a Registered Nurse, and enroll in the final year of an RN to BSN program within a short timeframe. For those choosing to focus on one level of nursing at a time, it is important to know that the academic courses required for the ADN level are applicable to the requirements of the four-year universities and thus, lessen the requirements needed upon returning to school while working as a Registered Nurse.
Basic steps for Registered Nurses returning to pursue an RN to BSN option (Wallace ADN graduates or other RNs from the community):
Basic steps for current WCC students:
- Apply for admission/readmission to WCC — go to the “Admissions” tab on the Wallace website, www.wallace.edu, and choose “Forms” to print off an admissions form for mail submission, fax, or personal delivery to either the Wallace Campus at Dothan or the Sparks Campus at Eufaula. Nurses new to WCC may also use the on-line application from this location. For your program of study and degree option on page three of the application, choose General Studies (AS degree) and write BS1 or RN to BSN on the “major” line.
- If you attended any other institution/s prior to or following enrollment at WCC, use the admissions tab at www.wallace.edu to access and complete a “transcript request form” under the “Registrar’s Office” link. Indicate that you want an advising copy of all transcripts sent to Kathy Buntin, Associate Dean, Health Sciences, who will serve as your advisor.
- If you are new to WCC or attended other institutions following you last enrollment here, use the Transcript Release Authorization found under the “Forms” link mentioned above, to request official transcript copies to complete your WCC admissions application. Once received, please follow the guidance above to have copies sent to your advisor.
- Once the readmission process has been completed, please notify Kathy Buntin at 334-556-2292 or firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be your advisor and will make contact to assist in your initial registration activities.
- If you are a "pre-nursing” (PNU or PNB) student at WCC who desires to complete additional academic courses concurrently with meeting ADN academic requirements, please follow the course selection guide for the four-year institution of choice. The PNB degree plan, “pre-nursing with an ADN and BSN goal,” offers general guidance in course selection, as well as some specific entities related to certain programs. Both PNU and PNB guide toward an Associate in Science degree, therefore assisting students to achieve dual awards for their course of study. If one desires more specific note guidance in the PNB plan and needs a change of major from PNU, they should visit the Office of Admissions and Records at the Wallace Campus in Dothan or the Sparks Campus in Eufaula and complete a "CHANGE OF MAJOR/CATALOG" form. This form is also available from www.wallace.edu Admissions Registrar’s Office Forms. Use the note guidance provided in your degree plan as you work with your nursing advisor to prepare for nursing program application. In addition, contact Kathy Buntin, Associate Dean, Health Sciences, for specific questions about the RN to BSN program.
- If you are a student who is already enrolled in the ADN program at WCC and have taken or desire to take additional academic courses concurrently with ADN requirements, the degree plan of choice for providing guidance in requirements of the RN to BSN program is "Associate Degree Nursing w/BSN Goal" or "NUB." Use the note guidance provided in your degree plan as you work with your nursing advisor. In addition, contact Kathy Buntin, Associate Dean, Health Sciences, for specific questions about the RN to BSN program and to begin contact with the four-year transfer school of choice.