Admission to the nursing program is competitive. Applicants who wish to apply as a nursing major are strongly encouraged to apply by the November 15 Early Action or Early Decision deadlines. Nursing applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis. Students applying for direct-entry nursing will be considered for general admission to Wheaton should they not qualify for nursing admission.

Per Massachusetts Board of Nursing Registration regulations, all students must submit satisfactory proof of secondary education. In addition, the following are preferred minimum standards for admission to the nursing program:

  • College preparatory curriculum with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 4 years of College Prep Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Advanced Math [e.g., Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus]) with grades of “B” or better
  • 4 years of College Prep Science, including 2 years of lab science (Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Science [e.g., Physics, Anatomy]) with course grades of “B” or better
  • Strong application essay and demonstrated interest
  • Letters of recommendation from a math or science teacher and school counselor
  • Extracurricular activities or work experience

SAT/ACT scores are optional.

For students admitted to begin the program in Fall 2023, clinical experiences are expected to begin in Spring 2025.