Wayne State University

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

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Wayne State University is a public institution that was founded in 1868.

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


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 (not all inclusive)

  • Associate degree in nursing from a community college or a hospital based diploma program with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • 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
  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. Personal statement of goals for graduate study
  5. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission

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)

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)

This is a program for nurses who would like to teach in an academic or clinical setting.

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.

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP)

NOTE: In 2019, the program will transition to the DNAP curriculum and will have admitted its first DNAP cohorts in the fall of 2019.

Wayne State University Nurse Anesthesia program, housed in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) building and located near the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been approved by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Programs to transition to the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Program (DNAP) effective Fall of 2019.

The program degree is 36 months in length designed to offer RNs an advanced education allowing graduates to meet the requirements for the National Certification Examination (NCE) and exercise full scope of practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

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

  • 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.

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)

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Complete the Statement of Goals
  • 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 (2020)

  • #205 in National Universities
  • #112 in (tie) Top Public Schools
  • #93 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #43 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #35 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice (tie)
  • #22 (tie) in Nursing-Anesthesia
  • #34 in Nursing-Midwifery
  • #302 (tie) Best Global Universities

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Liberal Colleges in America #126
  • Top Public Universities in America #149
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #384
  • Best Colleges in America #404
  • Best College Locations in America #451
  • Best Value Colleges in America #762
  • Most Liberal Colleges in Michigan #2
  • Top Public Universities in Michigan #6
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Michigan #8
  • Best Colleges in Michigan #11
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Michigan #13
  • Best College Locations in Michigan #15
  • Best Value Colleges in Michigan #21
  • Best Colleges in Detroit Area #3
  • Best Value Colleges in Detroit Area #7

Forbes (2018)

  • #606 Top Colleges
  • #223 in Public Colleges
  • #240 in Research Universities
  • #151 in the Midwest

College Factual ranked the university #11 slot in their Best Colleges for the Money in Michigan (2018).

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

Wayne State University ranked 201st among more than 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education surveyed by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) (2017).


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).

Wayne State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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