About the Program

Kentucky Wesleyan College offers a two-year Pre-Nursing Program for students seeking admission to the University of Louisville’s School of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program.

The two year Pre-Nursing program at Kentucky Wesleyan offers an attractive program option if you want to become a nurse, but would also like to participate in a traditional undergraduate college experience.

Upon entering your final semester of the pre-nursing program at Kentucky Wesleyan, you may apply to the University of Louisville BSN program, choosing either the School of Nursing – Owensboro Extension or the Louisville location for the remainder of your bachelor’s program. When you complete the program, you will be awarded a BSN degree from the University of Louisville

As a Pre-Nursing student, you can participate in Kentucky Wesleyan athletic programs, fraternities or sororities, clubs and other activities during your two years at Kentucky Wesleyan.

Degree Options

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Pre-Nursing Program is designed to meet the academic requirements and prerequisites of the University of Louisville’s first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Kentucky Wesleyan Pre-Nursing students take courses in Chemistry, Biology, Behavioral Sciences and Human Nutrition in addition to general education courses.

If you decide to pursue a different health profession or a totally different major, the required Pre-Nursing course work will be applied to other Kentucky Wesleyan majors.

If you are interested in obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College and pursuing a career in nursing, alternate degree paths are available.  Please contact Dr. Kayla Keller to discuss your options (Dr. Keller’s contact information is at the bottom of this page).

Nursing School Preparation

Pre-Nursing students must take the required undergraduate courses as well as a CNA course to be considered for admission to the University of Louisville Nursing Program. You must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a C or better in all English, Nutrition, and Science classes to be considered for admission.

Kentucky Wesleyan College Guaranteed Space Agreement

The University of Louisville, School of Nursing, will guarantee two spaces in an academic year (July 1-June 30) to the upper division nursing program, located in Owensboro, for the Kentucky Wesleyan College pre-nursing program.  Kentucky Wesleyan College pre-nursing faculty will make the decision regarding who receives these spaces from their program each semester.

Prior to receiving a guaranteed admission, these students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must receive a C or better in NURS 338 Pathophysiology and NURS 395 Pharmacology
  • Have a minimum (overall) grade point average of 3.1 at the time of application deadline to upper division
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.1 in Nursing program (the set of core nursing program courses as determined by the School of Nursing)
  • Have a minimum program and cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the completion of their lower division course work.
  • Submit an applicant data sheet with their essay by the upper division application deadlines
  • Satisfactorily pass a criminal background check

Kentucky Wesleyan College will submit names to the School of Nursing, Office of Student Services by the upper division application deadline each semester (May 1-Fall / September 15-Spring).


Entering Pre-Nursing students are eligible for financial aid and academic scholarships, as are all four-year Kentucky Wesleyan students.

Contact Us


Dr. Kayla M. Keller
Assistant Professor Chemistry
Pre-Nursing Program Coordinator
Yuk Hak Hahn 211

Kentucky Wesleyan College
3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301