Wayne State University College of Nursing | 96% NCLEX Pass Rates

Wayne State University, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, offers BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees as well as graduate certificate programs.

  • 4.7 Avg
    Avg Rating: 4.7
  • 1 Votes  - 5 Avg
  • 1 Votes  - 5 Avg
  • 1 Votes  - 4 Avg
  • 96%
    NCLEX Pass Rates
  • On Campus
  • Public
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited coa Accredited acme Accredited
  • Programs RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, PhD, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, BSN-to-PhD, BSN-to-DNP, Accelerated BSN, BSN, DNP, MSN, Post-grad Certificate, MSN to PhD, NP, CRNA, CNM, Other
  • Location Detroit, MI
  • Telephone 1-313-577-4082
  • Website URL Visit Website
Save Money!
100% of reviewers agree that tuition and other associated costs are reasonable.
Reach Your Goals!
100% of reviewers believe academic standards help students reach their goals.
Great Support!
100% of reviewers believe support provided by teachers and staff are great.
 Students attending Wayne State University College of Nursing are prepared to become nurse leaders in research, education and clinical practice.

The College of Nursing offers educational opportunities in urban areas as well as assists the community to advance with healthcare promotion and wellness.

The faculty members at Wayne State University College of Nursing provide their students with exceptional opportunities through clinical experiences and research and are dedicated to the success of their students.

Programs Available

  1. Traditional BSN
  2. BSN as a second degree
  3. BSN for Veterans
  4. RN to BSN
  5. MSN
  6. DNP
  7. PhD


Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program is designed for incoming, first time, college students. The BSN nursing portion can begin after the student completes the pre-requisite courses. The student must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses in order to be considered for admission. The program is 3 years in length and the student will be prepared to take the NCLEX exam then become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in their state.

BSN for Freshmen

Freshmen entering their first year straight from high school can be eligible for the BSN program. This is a four year, full time, eight semester program. At completion, the student will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and be licensed as an RN.

Eligibility Process of BSN for Freshman Program

Applicants are eligible to apply to the BSN for Freshmen pathway if they meet the following criteria (not all inclusive):

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in high school coursework
  • Minimum 22 on the ACT and/or 990 on the SAT

As part of the secondary application, applicants must submit:

  • 250-500 word essay
  • Documentation minimum 10 hours community service

BSN Second Career/Degree

The BSN Second Career/Degree pathway is the track for individuals who have completed their bachelor’s degree in another field and now wish to start a career in nursing. The length of the program is 16 or 20 months.

Eligibility Process for BSN Second Career/Degree (not all inclusive)

  • Bachelor's degree or the equivalent
  • Prerequisite requirements with a grade of "C" or better in each course
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses

BSN for Veterans

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for Veterans is a program that helps to address the needs of veterans by giving credit to those who had prior military healthcare experience and training. The group of Veteran instructors, mentors, counseling and study groups are available and the majority of clinical rotations will be held at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center.

FAQ - The Veterans Program

“Do I have to have military healthcare experience to be eligible for the BSN for Veterans?”

Students with military healthcare experience can potentially be able to test out of two nursing courses. Healthcare experience is not required.

“Once accepted into the BSN for Veterans, will military obligations be taken into consideration?”

During enrollment in the program, military responsibilities will be honored.

“How long is the nursing program?”

The BSN for Veterans follows the sequencing of the BSN Second Career/Degree students. The program can be completed in 16-20 months, over five semesters. Prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the program.


The RN to BSN pathway is designed for those who currently hold an RN license, but would like to continue to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The student must hold an Associate's degree from a community college or a hospital-based Diploma program. There is no work requirement to be eligible for this program.

Admission starts in the fall and students are accepted annually. Students must maintain a “C” in all required courses.

Classes are located mostly at the WSU Oakland Center in Farmington Hills. Other classes may be located at the main campus in Midtown Detroit.

Eligibility for the RN to BSN program

  • Associate degree in nursing from a community college or a hospital based diploma program with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • Meet all WSU admission requirements
  • Complete and submit the online WSU Transfer Application by June 1
  • RN license prior to beginning coursework


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for nurses who have a desire to advance their practice as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Nurse-Midwife (NMW). Another specialty available is the Master of Science in Nursing in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) for those who desire to promote the health and well-being of populations and communities. Students who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and who are licensed registered nurses may apply for admission. Licensure in the State of Michigan is required within two months of admission. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average from the BSN degree program. A minimum 2.8 grade point average is required for consideration.

Clinical specialty applicants for the MSN degree must complete 47 to 53 credits of study in which at least 24 credits must be completed at Wayne State University. The MSN in Advanced Public Health Nursing candidates must complete approximately 30 credits. The degree requirements must be completed within six years. The time limit of six-years begins at the end of the semester in which the student is admitted to the program.

Additional Admission Criteria (not all inclusive)

  1. Baccalaureate nursing degree from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program with a GPA of 3.0 or above. A qualified admission may be authorized if an applicant's GPA is between 2.80 and 2.99, the GPA is 3.0 or above in the upper division baccalaureate course work, and there is substantial evidence of extra-scholastic qualifications of such merit as to warrant special consideration
  2. Professional competence as documented by three references
  3. Current Michigan Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. Out-of-state or international students must submit current RN license with application and after admission must submit Michigan licensure within two semesters. All applicants educated outside of the U.S. must be certified by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) to obtain Michigan licensure
  4. A personal statement of goals for graduate study
  5. If the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required, the minimum total score required is 101 (minimum 25 listening, 25 Reading, 25 writing and 26 speaking). Or, students can submit IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, with a required minimum overall score greater than 7 (minimum of 8 in speaking, minimum of 7 in writing, and greater than 7 in reading and listening)
  6. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSN program

Clinical Specialties

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  • Nurse-Midwife (NMW)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-PC)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P-MHNP)

Nurse-Midwife (NMW)

Length of program: The MSN Nurse-Midwife (NMW) specialty program is a 48 credit hour, 10-course program of study, including more than 600 hours of clinical experience.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the NNP certification examination through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Graduate Certificates

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
  • Nurse-Midwife (NMW)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-PC)

Nursing Education (NE)

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education (NE) is a program for nurses who would like to teach in an academic or clinical setting. This program helps learners gain a theoretical framework for teaching in nursing and related competencies.

The NE has a time limit within three years. No transfer credits will be accepted for a graduate certificate. A minimum honor point average of 3.0 must be achieved. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Nurse Anesthesia

Wayne State University also offers a Nurse Anesthesia program.  This 18-month certificate program with Detroit General Hospital (DGH), is housed in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  The Master's degree program includes 24 to 36 months of graduate education and clinical practice.  Students desiring admittance must be a Registered Nurse with a BSN, or possess a baccalaureate in a related science, and be employed in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) before applying to the program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Established in 2008, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare the nurse at an advanced level of nursing practice and evidenced-based science. The program emphasizes the development of the student's capacity to impact the clinical setting as a leader and educator and to utilize clinical research to improve and transform healthcare.

Clinical Specialties

Clinical specialty options are designed for students in the BSN to DNP or the MSN to DNP pathways.

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner- Acute Care (AGNP-AC)
  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner- Primary Care (AGNP-PC)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  • Nurse-Midwife (NMW)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-PC)
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (P-MHNP)

Requirements for RN practice experience prior to the start of the specialty clinical course sequence vary by specialty. Please contact the Director of Advanced Practice and Graduate Certificate programs or the clinical specialty coordinator for more information.

“How long will it take for me to graduate?”

The average length of the program is approximately 2 - 2.5 years for the full-time student as well as for the student who holds a master's degree and is certified in a clinical specialty. Students who do not hold a clinical specialty and attend full time will take 3½ - 4 years. Those who are in the program of BSN to DNP and attend full-time will take approximately 4 - 4½ years.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program helps to prepare researchers and scholars to provide the leadership to the profession and discipline of nursing.  The program was founded in 1975 and continues to emphasize the development of the student’s capacity to make significant, original contributions to nursing knowledge.

Application for Graduate Admission (not all inclusive):

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  2. Resume or Curriculum Vita
  3. Complete the Statement of Goals
  4. Provide references from doctoral-prepared individuals

Distance learning

The distance learning program offers an array of synchronous learning classes. Video-conferencing is the main focus of this synchronous learning experience. Students are located throughout the State of Michigan and the State of Ohio. Students have the ability to share their presentation with all participants in their class. Beyond sharing presentations, students are able to take tests and participate in class remotely. Students have rare times that they may have to travel to the campus and will know in advance.


February 2017 - The Wayne State University College of Nursing became one of 28 schools that received a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhD’s. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program will provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhD’s in three years.

College of Nursing Rankings

The Wayne State University College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs have again ranked among the top in the nation.

US News & World Report Rankings

2018 Best Graduate Schools named the college’s MSN program No. 48 in the country, up from No. 70 the previous year.

The DNP program is ranked No. 38 in the country, up from No. 62. 


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs.

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) accredited the MSN midwifery program.

The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Anonymous
    Apr 29, '17, 8:46 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 4 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 4 stars

    Program: MSN
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2003
    Focus: Nurse Practitioner

    My Experience

    Attended NP program (Master's) but not recently. Program geared to working RN's as classroom sessions were mostly scheduled in the evenings. Classroom facilities, simulation lab, online access to resources, and libraries are topnotch. Nursing school is well connected to a large number of NP alumni practicing in the Metro Detroit area who serve as preceptors. Ongoing affiliation with major area hospital systems that offer a diverse and high quality clinical exposures. Various opportunities for scholarships and funding sources for graduate education at the time I was there. Surroundings are relatively safe for an urban setting with adequate parking for graduate students who commute.

    About The Staff

    Faculty have various expertise but some are more research focused with less numbers of faculty engaged in actual clinical practice. School of nursing staff and university staff as a whole can be disorganized and takes time to respond to inquiries.

    Things To Know

    A good value in Metro Detroit with respectable reputation in training for the health sciences.

Add Review