Pre-Health Advising





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Pre-Physician Assistant

General Tips for Students Interested in Nursing Programs

  • Admission to nursing schools is very competitive. Although some transfer school state a minimum GPA of 2.5 or 2.75 for admission, most students will find themselves eliminated from admission unless the maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in pre-nursing course work, and do not repeat required courses.
  • Schools require a C or better (not C-) in all required courses. A maximum of 2 repeats for the entire pre-nursing course work might be acceptable as long as it is balanced with a GPA above 3.0 in courses required for admission.
  • Students should apply to their school of choice at least one year prior to their planned admission to the nursing program. Separate application must be made to the nursing school and it is suggested that students complete this application process at the beginning of the semester before they wish to transfer.
  • Students need to be proactive with their plans to transfer. UW-Oshkosh, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee and Columbia College of Nursing will admit students into the CON program in fall or spring. Some programs require an additional 2.5 years in the nursing program after admission (in most cases). UW-Madison School of Nursing admits in Fall only.  Bellin and Marian may admit during both semesters, but specific pre-requisites vary for each program and students must discuss their admission plans with the transfer college advisor early in the transfer process.
  • Most nursing programs will accept PSY 250 or (PSY 360 AND 362) for the Growth and Development requirement.
  • Electives must be carefully selected to meet SS/HU/FA/ES requirements for transfer.
  • UW-Milwaukee transfer: Students contemplating transfer to UW-Milwaukee might be better served by completing pre-requisites in 3 semesters (or start in summer for 4 semesters) and transferring to Milwaukee for pre-nursing courses taught there. Some of the courses are also taught at UW-Washington County in the evening and summer. It is possible to complete all the special pre-requisites in one semester. Discuss options with your advisor.

Information on Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Many nursing programs require or highly encourage students to become CNAs prior to admission to their programs. Therefore, it is advised that students consider taking a CNA course at some point during their attendance at UW-Waukesha.  

State-wide listing of CNA programs

Scholarships & Other Funding Opportunities