Undergraduate Nursing

As a student in pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Nursing, you will have the opportunity to achieve entry-level knowledge and experience in a variety of health care settings. You and your fellow Nursing majors will prepare for service in a rapidly changing health care environment. Along the way you’ll gain valuable experience in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings working with clients across the life-span.

You will see firsthand that a liberal arts education, founded in the Dominican tradition, serves as the foundation for nursing majors. You’ll complete rigorous courses prior to entering the Nursing major. These required classes include chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pathology, statistics, and psychology. You’ll also study literature, art, religious studies, philosophy, history and global studies. 

Program Highlights

Upon your admission* into the Henry Predolin School of Nursing, you’ll embark upon five semesters of nursing courses taught by faculty with significant expertise in their field. The School of Nursing enjoys partnerships with more than 50 clinical agencies to provide a wide-range of clinical experiences for students. These partnerships include the four hospitals in the City of Madison.

The program is rigorous, but you will enjoy the support that comes with a faculty-to-student ratio that remains one of the lowest in the state in the state of Wisconsin - a clinical faculty-to-student ratio of 7:1. Your study will also include access to our 21st century clinical simulation lab to enhance your clinical practice.

Student leaders gain valuable experience by joining the Henry Predolin Student Nurses Association, the largest such student association in Wisconsin. The Henry Predolin SNA regularly sends more delegates to the annual statewide conference than any other school. You may also wish to gain invaluable global health experience, with international travel with faculty to underserved areas such as Cambodia, Guatemala, and St. Lucia.

At Edgewood College, it is our priority to produce well-rounded, capable, and experienced nurses. NCLEX passage rate for first time test takers graduating from Edgewood College’s nursing program remains 100% for our most recent cohort. 

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing serves as the foundation for wide variety of career options. As a graduate you may seek employment in a hospital setting, community setting, public health, school nurse, corrections, long term care, or home health. A BS degree is required for entry into graduate programs to prepare you for a career as a nurse educator, nurse practitioner, nurse manager/administrator or certified nurse anesthetist.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility for admission to the Traditional Undergraduate BS in Nursing program requires a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75, and a minimum 2.75 GPA in all required science and math courses.* All required math/science courses must have been completed within five years of admission. A grade of C or better is necessary in each required science and math course.

In addition, applicants must have either completed or be currently enrolled in 45 or more college credits in the semester they apply to the School of Nursing.

These 45 credits must include the courses (or their transfer equivalent) listed below:

  • ENG 110 College Writing
  • MATH 121 Statistics
  • Two semesters of college level foreign language (or two years of high school foreign language with a C average)
  • PSY 101 General Psychology

These 45 credits must also include four of the following science courses (or their transfer equivalent) listed below [the fifth science course may be completed in the first semester of the program]:

  • CHEM 110 Introductory Chemistry (this course must be completed at time of application)
  • BIO 155 Human Cell Biology and Genetics (this course must be completed or in progress at time of application)
  • BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 312 Microbiology, including lab component

For students transferring into nursing, BIO 155 is not a prerequisite for admission into the program if Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology have been successfully completed and approved for transfer. Students who have met those specified requirements should contact their advisor to request a special arrangement waiver.

Students possessing a baccalaureate degree in another field from an accredited institution are considered to have fulfilled all of Edgewood College’s General Education requirements, except foreign language, religious studies, and COR courses. Post-baccalaureate students, however, must still meet all School of Nursing pre-requirements for supporting courses in the major.

*New Policy for Spring 2015: To be eligible to enroll in prerequisite nursing courses at Edgewood College, prospective transfer students must present a cumulative 2.75 gpa overall and in all prerequisite math and science courses (transfer equivalents to statistics and the science courses listed above) from their previous institutions at the time of admission to the college.

Edgewood offers a Guaranteed Admission Program for matriculating freshmen. Ask your freshman admissions counselor for more information.

Application Process

Candidates for admission to the Traditional Undergraduate BS in Nursing Program are required to submit applications through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) at http://nursingcas.org/. Students must submit all official college transcripts to NursingCAS directly. For transfer students applying directly to the School of Nursing, the NursingCAS application also serves as the general application to Edgewood College. PLEASE NOTE: New transfer students (e.g., transfer students not yet admitted to Edgewood College) must also submit official high school transcripts directly to the Admissions Office to be formally admitted to Edgewood College:

Undergraduate Admissions
Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711

Selection Process

The School of Nursing Admissions Committee is composed of nursing faculty. This Committee reviews applications and assesses the relevance of experience. Admission is also based on faculty interviews, during which the applicant will be evaluated for the ability to express thoughts accurately, clearly and in a concise and effective manner.

All students that meet course pre-requirements and GPA standards will be invited to interview. 

Based on the strength of their qualifications, this Committee selects the applicants for admission to the Nursing Program. The Committee reserves the right to evaluate and modify the selection criteria and admission procedures each year. Admission to the Traditional Undergraduate BS in Nursing program at Edgewood College will be offered to 42 qualified students each Fall and Spring Semester.

Students accepted into the program must accept admission by a date specified in their Offer of Admission Letter or forfeit their space to other qualified applicants.

Admissions Cycle

  • Spring Cycle: Students hoping to begin the program for the Spring Semester must complete their application between August 25th and October 1st.
  • Fall Cycle: Students hoping to begin the program for the Fall Semester must complete their application between November 15th and February 1st.
  • Applications and supporting materials should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the due date.

The cycle in which applicants are reviewed is determined by the timeliness of completing their application. For example, only applicants submitting all required materials prior to February 1st will be reviewed for eligibility to begin the upcoming Fall semester. Any students submitting applications/materials after the February 1st deadline will not be considered for the Fall admission cycle.

Due to space availability, highly-qualified students may be denied admission. However, qualified students not initially offered admission may be offered admission at a later date if space becomes available.

Criteria Determining Admission Decision

Overall cumulative GPA – Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on all previous undergraduate college work. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above will have priority over applicants with lower GPAs.

Science/Math cumulative GPA – Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on all required science and math courses, with no grade less than “C”. Students with science/math GPA of 3.0 or above will have priority over applicants with lower GPAs. Repeated math/science courses are taken into account and may affect admission.

Strength of faculty interview– Applicant will be evaluated for ability to express thoughts accurately, clearly, and in a concise and effective manner. All students that meet course pre-requirements and GPA standards will be invited to interview. 

Credits completed at Edgewood College – Students who have completed 10 or more credits at Edgewood College will have priority over applicants with fewer credits.

CNA certification – CNA coursework and certification examination IS NOT required to apply to the program but must be completed before entry into the first nursing course.

Language other than English – proficiency in another language IS NOT required but will be considered in the application process.

Curricular, extracurricular, community service, and personal activities – Outstanding achievements or degrees in other fields ARE NOT required but will be considered in the application process.


Admission Cycle Snapshots:

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Guaranteed Admission

Incoming freshman with a strong academic background in high school may be eligible for direct admission into the School of Nursing. Students who agree to participate in the Guaranteed Admission Program for the School of Nursing and meet the following criteria will be granted admission into the major:

  • Be admitted and enroll at Edgewood College as a new college freshman.
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.5 and minimum ACT score of 24 OR be admitted to Edgewood College as a Presidential or Dominican Scholar.

Visit our Financial Aid/Scholarship page to learn more about these scholarships.  Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@edgewood.edu or (608) 663-2294 with any questions about our direct admission requirements.

Transfer Equivalency Tables

Resources for Current Students

Goals for our Graduates

At the end of the program, graduates will:

AACN Essential I - Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • SoN Program Goal:  Integrate the liberal arts into the practice of nursing

AACN Essential II - Basic Organization and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety

  • SoN Program Goal: Apply skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety to provide high quality health care in a systems environment

AACN Essential III - Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice

  • SoN Program Goal: Translate current evidence into the practice of nursing

  AACN Essential IV - Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology

  • SoN Program Goal: Demonstrate knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology

AACN Essential V - Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments

  • SoN Program Goal: Integrate knowledge of healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory influences, on the healthcare system as they relate to quality care

AACN Essential VI - Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient    Health Outcomes  

  • SoN Program Goal: Perform communication and collaboration skills consistent with professional standards when working in interprofessional settings to improve health services

AACN Essential VII - Clinical Prevention and Population Health

  • SoN Program Goal: Assimilate health promotion and disease prevention strategies at the individual and population level.

AACN Essential VIII - Professionalism and Professional Values

  • SoN Program Goal: Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct in nursing practice.
  • SoN Program Goal: Formulate a personal professional practice model that addresses accountability, continuous professional engagement & lifelong learning.

AACN Essential IX - Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice

  • SoN Program Goal: Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the care of patients, including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments. 

Accreditation

The baccalaureate, master’s degree in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at Edgewood College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

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