Wesley College Department of Nursing

Wesley College operates as a private, independent liberal arts and sciences college and offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations ACEN Accredited
  • Location Dover, Delaware
  • Programs BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, CNS, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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Wesley College, a small private, not-for-profit college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, was founded in 1873. The college was named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

After receiving his or her degree, the graduate is then eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) and in turn, be eligible for RN licensure with his or her state. Graduates can then pursue the Master of Science in Nursing degree.

BSN Program Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Combined SAT Score 1000 or greater
  • Cumulative High School/College GPA 2.5 or greater
  • Satisfactory Pre Admission Examination
  • NLN-PAX 115 or greater
  • ATI TEAS-V- test score of proficient

Clinical Requirements (not all inclusive)

Students are required by clinical agencies to obtain certain immunizations. Students in the Nursing major are required to provide a full immunization history at the beginning of the program as well as consistently update their vaccine record throughout the BSN program. Those who do not meet the immunization requirement will not be accepted into the BSN Program and if admitted, they will not be allowed to progress if failure to update the vaccine requirements. The students who do not have the Hepatitis B series are highly encouraged to complete it.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

This program prepares graduate level nurses to become an advanced level practitioner and to assume the role of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) as a clinical nurse specialist in community health nursing, health promotion and wellness. The graduate is eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam, which completes the licensure process of an APRN in the state of Delaware. After completing the MSN, the Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education program is available for the graduate. Students are prepared to become nurse educators in a higher education setting. Also, at the end of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing Certification Exam for Nurse Educators.


The Wesley College Department of Nursing offers a track program called the RN to BSN/MSN. This program is designed for the already licensed registered nurse who has an associate's degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing. The advanced practice role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist maintains a focus on the adult-gerontology population. After completing the entire program, students may earn both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. Graduates are then eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist board certification examination, which aligns with the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education.

Post Master's Certificate in Adult Gerontology for the CNS

The post-master's certificate for adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist program requires additional coursework to meet eligibility requirements to sit for the national certification examination as an adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist.

Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education

The online Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education is for nurses who are prepared for clinical roles at the advanced practice level. A teaching practicum is required and included in the curriculum that consists of 15 credits.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  1. Current, unencumbered US Registered Nurse license
  2. Nursing degree from accredited nursing program
  3. Cumulative GPA 3.0; conditional admission for GPA <3.0
  4. Two letters of reference
  5. Resume


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #36-#47 in Regional Colleges North
  • #210 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #263 of 1,592
  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #696 of 725
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Delaware #2 of 6

Approval, Accreditation and Eligibility

The Delaware State Board of Nursing approved the BSN program.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the BSN, MSN and Post-master's Certificate in Adult-Gerontology programs.

Wesley College is accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The Adult-Gerontology CNS program meets all of the AACN’s educational eligibility requirements for the ACCNS-AG certification exam.

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