How to Apply
Prospective nursing majors should apply as first year, transfer, or nontraditional adult students, respectively.  Apply online at no cost.  Once a student has applied to Wesleyan, she will then apply online to the Nursing Program by February 1 prior to enrolling in junior-level nursing courses. Please contact the Admission Office at 1.800.447.6610 or 478.757.5206 for any questions on how to apply to Wesleyan College. For more information about prerequisite courses or how to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, contact Sirena Fritz or Kara Koran.

Admission Requirements
Admission to Wesleyan College does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. The student must apply for admission to the Nursing Program no later than February 1 prior to enrollment in junior year nursing courses. The Nursing Program is full-time. Class and clinical times can vary throughout the week. Minimum criteria for admission:
  • Admission to Wesleyan College
  • Completion of all concentration classes or their equivalents and have no more than six hours of required proficiency and general education classes outstanding.
  • Overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all pre-nursing general education core and concentration classes.
  • Satisfactory score on the Health Education System, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment Exam (A2).
  • Good academic standing at Wesleyan College.
  • A grade of “C” or higher in pre-nursing Math, Science, and Psychology courses.
  • Submission of the Nursing Program Student Application.
  • Students who fail to meet one of the minimum required criteria for admission may be considered on a space available basis.

Additional admission policies for transfers and students who already hold a baccalaureate degree:
  • Pre-nursing courses completed at another regionally-accredited college or university will be evaluated by the registrar to determine which courses are the equivalents of Wesleyan’s pre-nursing curriculum.
  • Courses in human anatomy and physiology taken more than five years before the enrollment at Wesleyan College will not satisfy the pre-nursing course requirements. At the discretion of the relevant program director, students may elect to challenge by examination Wesleyan’s human anatomy and physiology courses.
  • Nursing courses completed at another institution will not be accepted by Wesleyan College.
  • Transfer students and students who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Baccalaureate degrees that are applied in nature or are from an institution outside the United States will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing:  120 semester hours
The student must demonstrate proficiency in modern foreign language, writing, and mathematics.

Writing, Modern Foreign Language, and Mathematics Requirements (determined by testing or completion of course work): (0-12 hours)
  • WRI 101 Fundamentals of College Writing…………………..0 or 3 hours
  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I............................................0 or 3 hour
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II……………………………….0 or 3 hours


  • SPA 150 Spanish for Advanced Beginners…………………..0 or 3 hours
  • MAT 126 Modeling with Algebra or 130 College Algebra…..0 or 3 hours

The student must complete the General Education requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While the course requirements vary slightly, students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing achieve the same General Education outcomes as those who complete the Bachelor of Arts. For more detail on the General Education requirements, refer to the Bachelor of Arts General Education section.

To fulfill the distribution requirement for Developing, Exploring and Expanding students must complete the following with different prefixes: 1 course from Fine Arts, 2 courses from Humanities, 3 courses from Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and 1 course from Social & Behavioral Sciences/ Professional Studies.

General Education Courses for Foundation Building (2 courses):

  • WIS 101 Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experience I (3)
  • WIS 102 Wesleyan Integrative Seminar Experience II (3)

General Education Courses for Developing Competencies (3 courses):
Courses are listed by areas of knowledge within each competency

1. Writing Competency:

  • ARH 126 The Critical Eye (3) – Fine Arts
  • ARH 230 Masterpiece (3) – Fine Arts
  • THE 245 Shakespeare on Page and Stage (3) – Fine Arts
  • ENG 111 Analyzing Literature (3) – Humanities
  • ENG 161 Creative Writing (3) – Humanities
  • ENG 265 Professional Writing (3) – Humanities
  • EDU 207 Dynamics of Children’s Literature (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • HIS 210 The West in the Ancient and Classical Eras (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies

2. Speaking Competency:

  • THE 110 Theatre Practice and Criticism (3) – Fine Arts
  • COM 202 Public Speaking (3) – Humanities
  • ENG 217 African American Literature (3) – Humanities
  • BIO 203 Research Methods in the Natural Sciences (4) – Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • HMS 101 Introduction to Human Services (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • PSY 260 Drugs and Behavior (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies

3. Quantitative Reasoning Competency:

  • MUS 181 Foundations of Music (3) – Fine Arts
  • *MAT 220 Statistical Methods (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies

General Education Courses for Exploring, Expanding, (6 courses):
Courses are listed by areas of knowledge within each learning objective

Exploring Courses (5 courses)
Learning Objective 1. How current thought, actions, and behaviors are informed by historical events and phenomena

  • ARH 235 Outside the Mainstream (3) – Fine Art
  • MUS 150 From Bach to Rock (3) – Fine Arts
  • FRN 211 Intermediate French I (3) – Humanities
  • SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I (3) – Humanities
  • WST 200 Women, Culture, & Society (3) – Humanities
  • ECO 206 History of Economic Thought (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • HIS 120 Early Civilizations (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • HIS 130 US History to 1877 (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • HIS 135 US History since 1877 (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies

Learning Objective 2. How the natural world functions

  • *BIO 110 Principles of Biology I (4) – Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • *CHM 101 General Chemistry I (4) – Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Learning Objective 3. How individuals function and interact within and among communities
  • COM 103 Communication Theory (3) – Humanities
  • PHI 223 Ethics (3) – Humanities
  • REL 100 Theories and Methods in Religious Studies (3) – Humanities
  • REL 120 Christianity (3) – Humanities
  • REL 290 Readings in Religious Studies (3) – Humanities
  • BUS 105 Contemporary Business (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • BUS 106 Business and Society (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • EDS 114 Understanding Learning (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • POL 115 American Government (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • POL 222 Comparative Politics (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • POL 240 Introduction to Political Thought (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies
  • *PSY 101 General Psychology (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies

Expanding Courses (1 courses)
Learning Objective 6. how living in a diverse and interdependent world presents both challenges and opportunities

  • ARH 216 Art of the Spirit (3) – Fine Art
  • COM 216: Intercultural Communication (3) – Humanities
  • ENG 205: Perspectives on World Literature (3) – Humanities
  • PHI 215: African Philosophy
  • REL 251: Eastern / World Religions (3) – Humanities
  • REL 253: Islam (3) – Humanities
  • SPA 220/320: Medical Spanish (3) – Humanities
  • POL 230 International Relations (3) – Social & Behavioral Sciences/Professional Studies

Required Pre-Nursing Concentration Courses (4 courses) 15 hours

  • *BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • *BIO 211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • *BIO 245 Microbiology (4)
  • *PSY 240 Human Growth and Development across the lifespan (3)

IV. Required Nursing (NUR) Courses: 60 hours
Note: These courses are open only to those students admitted to the BSN degree program. The student will take these courses in the 3rd (junior) and 4th (senior) years of the program.

Fall:  Junior Year (3rd year) - 16 hours

  • NUR 300 Foundation of Professional Nursing………………………..……2 hours
  • NUR 301 Physical Assessment & Health Promotion………………………4 hours
  • NUR 302 Holistic Nursing I: Clinical Nursing Skills……………………...4 hours
  • NUR 303 Human Pathophysiology through the life span………………….3 hours
  • NUR 304 Evidenced -Based Practice………………………………………3 hours

Spring: Junior Year - 15 hours

  • NUR 311 Pharmacology……………………………………………………4 hours
  • NUR 314 Holistic Nursing II: Intro to Care of the client……………….….5 hours
  • NUR 315 Holistic Nursing III: Basic Care of the inpatient client……….…6 hours

Fall: Senior Year (4th year)- 15 hours

  • NUR 403 Holistic Nursing IV: Advanced Care of the Inpatient Client……6 hours
  • NUR 404 Holistic Nursing V: Care of the Client in Specialized Settings…5 hours
  • NUR 405 Holistic Nursing VI: Women’s Health Across the Life Span……4 hours

Spring: Senior Year- 14 hours

  • NUR 413 Leadership & Management in Nursing..........................................4 hours
  • NUR 414 Holistic Nursing VII: Care of Client in the Community................4 hours
  • NUR 415 Holistic Nursing VIII: Capstone Nursing Practicum.....................6 hours

V. Electives:  0-10 hours
Total semester hours for BSN degree= 120

VI. The student must complete 120 semester hours (or the equivalent) with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) or higher and a grade point average of 2.50 or higher in the nursing (NUR) major.

1. CHM 101 requires MAT 130 (College Algebra) or placement at the MAT 140 (Pre-calculus Mathematics) level or higher.

2. Each student will take a writing proficiency test prior to enrollment to determine whether or not she must take Writing 101. WRI 101 must be taken during the first or second semester of enrollment.
3. Each student will take a mathematics test prior to enrollment to determine whether or not she must take Math 130.  If it is determined that the student must take MAT 130, she must take the course during the first semester of enrollment.

4. Each student will take a Spanish test prior to enrollment to determine whether or not she must take SPA 101 and/or 102. Both courses can be taken during the first or second year.

Additional Notes for Transfer Students:
1. Instead of taking WISe 101 and 102, transfer students will complete, ENG 101 English Composition: Essays (3), and one course from the list of acceptable replacements for WISe 102 from the following: (A course taken from this list cannot be used to fulfill two requirements.)

  • ARH 216 Art of the Spirit (3)
  • ARH 235 Outside the Mainstream (3)
  • COM 216 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • ECO 210 Women and Economic Development (3)
  • ENG 111 Analyzing Literature (3)
  • ENG 217 Readings in African-American Literature (3)
  • HUM 260 Women’s World Literature (3)
  • REL 253 Islam (3)
  • POL 225 Women and Politics (3)
  • WST 200 Women, Culture, and Society (3)

2. Human anatomy and physiology courses taken more than five years before enrollment at Wesleyan College will not satisfy the pre-nursing course requirements. At the discretion of the relevant program director, students may elect to challenge by examination Wesleyan’s human anatomy and physiology courses. Challenge examinations are graded on a credit/ no credit option, in order for credit to be granted for pre-nursing an examination grade of 70 or higher must be obtained.
3. Students who are proficient in modern foreign languages other than Spanish may request substitutions for SPA 101 and 102.
4. Students may request the substitution of BIO 112: Principles of Biology II – Diversity of Biological Systems (4) for CHM 101: General Chemistry I (4).

Program Goals

The program prepares the successful graduate to:

1. Synthesize knowledge and content from the prerequisite core of science, mathematics, the liberal arts (humanities, fine arts, modern foreign language and the social sciences) to the practice of professional nursing.
2. Provide holistic care to clients of all ages in a variety of settings.
3. Integrate evidenced-based practice (EBP) as the foundation for nursing interventions and care delivery.
4. Analyze issues that impact nursing, health and the global community.
5. Synthesize concepts of leadership and management into the practice of nursing.
6. Integrate the role of the professional nurse with an awareness of self and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Clinical Practice Requirements

Nursing courses will require varied clinical practice opportunities throughout the program. These practice settings are located in and around Macon, Georgia and will be scheduled at various times, including nights and weekends. Students must have their own transportation to the clinical practice settings. Additional course fees will apply.

Prior to participating in a clinical experience, each student must provide documentation of the following:

  • Satisfactory completion of health requirements including a complete health history, current physical examination, current immunizations, and tuberculosis screening.
  • Satisfactory results of criminal background check and drug screening.
  • Current American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers certification (obtained at Wesleyan College). Clinical practice requirements involve costs not covered by tuition, room, and board and will be the responsibility of the student. Students will also be responsible for purchasing supplies such as uniforms.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The program earned Initial Approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing in July 2012, and will seek Full Approval during 2015 when the first cohort of nursing students graduates. Wesleyan College received approval of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the spring of 2013. In 2013, the Wesleyan Nursing program will apply for national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body for both baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. 

fritzsSirena Sawyer Fritz, MSN, R.N. to the positions of BSN program director and assistant professor of nursing. Fritz began her academic career at Georgia College and State University in 1995 as an adjunct clinical faculty member. Since 2010 she has served in the role of nursing programs chair at Macon State College. Fritz also worked as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and HCA Coliseum Medical Centers. 


Teresa Kochera, DNP, RN, PCCN, CNL serves as associate professor of nursing and nursing simulation director. Most recently Dr. Kochera served as adjunct faculty for the Medical College of Georgia and as associate professor of nursing at Macon State College. Dr. Kochera continues clinical practice in the middle Georgia area specializing in progressive care and clinical nurse leadership.


Holly Hollis, EdD (c), MSN, RN has joined the Wesleyan nursing faculty as assistant professor of nursing.  Hollis began her teaching career at Gordon State College, serving as an assistant professor of nursing since 2007. Prior to that, she worked as an ICU nurse at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Facilities & Faculty
“Our Munroe Science Center is, of course, crucial to this new degree program, since we already have the laboratory and classroom space in Munroe that can be dedicated to this purpose. Clinical practice sites will include the Medical Center of Central Georgia as well as other acute and primary care health facilities in the region,” said President Ruth Knox. Supporting faculty – biology, chemistry, psychology, and general education – are already in place.