Wayne State University Nursing School Review

Wayne State University (WSU) is a public university in the heart of metropolitan Detroit. The university boasts to have culture diversity due to its urban location. It has excelled as a public university heavily involved in educational research especially in science areas. From 1868, the university has being doing the same noble job of delivering high quality higher education not only in Michigan but also in the United States of America and internationally.

Wayne State University-College of Nursing

The college of nursing at Wayne State University has a rich history from its inception in 1930 as a small department into an independent college of the university. The college offers nursing programs from the undergraduate level up to the terminal nursing degree. The programs have been approved and accredited by the Michigan board of nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Nursing programs at the college are:

BSN Traditional

The program is designed for recent high school graduates who want to get an entry into professional nursing. Basically, the curriculum for this program takes four years to complete with students being required to cover a total of 126 credit hours. Courses are taken on a 50-50 full time and part time basis for all semesters. The program does not accept transfer students from community colleges; however, the university has advanced placement for high school graduates who take nursing courses at their final high school year.

BSN Second Career

It is designed for students who have baccalaureates degrees in fields other than nursing. The program takes the form of an accelerated study mode where students finish the nursing courses in 16 months of full time study. Students receive recognition of their former credits and are only expected to take 6 courses at Wayne state University for their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and eligibility for the NCLEX-RN exam.


The Master of Science in nursing at Wayne State University offers BSN graduates to undertake advanced practice nursing study towards becoming a clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner. The program runs on both full time and part time modes and students have up to six years to complete 37 to 47 credit hours depending on the area of concentration chosen from the 10 listed below:

  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Acute and Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health Nursing
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Acute care
  • Psychiatric Mental Health-CNS & NP
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Primary care
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner


The PhD nursing program is open for both BSN and MSN prepared registered nurses. For the BSN graduates, they can opt to take extra courses to be awarded both the MSN and the PhD or choose to complete the PhD only. The program has therefore three distinct paths towards the PhD:

  • BSN to MSN to PhD (128 credit hours )
  • BSN to PhD (96 credit hours)
  • MSN to PhD (90 credit hours)


The doctor of nursing Practice is also available for both BSN and MSN students who or who don’t have clinical specialty. As part of the DNP program, BSN and MSN graduates who don’t have a clinical specialty must take one therefore, increasing their study time as opposed to specialized MSN graduates. It is possible to complete the program either on a full time or part time study format.

Graduate Certificates

Wayne State University has six graduate certificate programs under the school of nursing as outlined below:

  • Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Primary Care Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Acute Care Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery

Wayne State University
42 W, Warren Ave, Detroit,
MI 48201