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Preparation for a Career in Nursing


Wilmington College and Mount Carmel College of Nursing have developed a joint program for students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Sicence in Nursing degree and become registered nurses. In this program students complete a set of courses at Wilmington College’s campus in Wilmington and then are evaluated for transfer to Mount Carmel. Admission of up to eight qualified Wilmington students per year into Mount Carmel’s Advanced Placement Program is guaranteed. At Wilmington, students take basic science and general education courses (see list below). After transferring to Mount Carmel, students complete the more applied requirements of the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing curriculum and graduate from Mount Carmel. To qualify for transfer to Mount Carmel students must recieve no grade lower than “C” in any required course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.00. Mount Carmel’s Advanced Placement Program begins in May and is five semesters in length. Please see the Mount Carmel website for full details of the Mount Carmel portion of the program.

In addition to the required courses listed below, students enrolling in the program are expected to take a course in Mathematics and Wilmington College’s First Year Experience Seminar. Taking these two courses will allow students who change their minds and decide to stay at Wilmington to move more easily into a standard Wilmington College major.


Another route from Wilmington College to a nursing career is to complete a Wilmington College degree and then progress to an Accelerated Nursing Training Program. These programs accept students who have Bachelor’s degrees in areas other than nursing and train them to be nurses. Some of these programs award a second Bachelor’s degree to their graduates, others award Master’s degrees. The Health Science Concentration of the Biology Major would provide ideal preparation for an accelerated nursing program.

Two examples of accelerated nursing programs can be found at the links below:


A total of 56 hours with grades of “C” or better is required in all courses with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.

Required courses:

BI131G-NS Human Nutrition (4)

BI230 Biological Sciences I (4)

BI231 Biological Sciences II (4)

BI343 Microbiology and Immunology (4)

EN101 Writing II (4)

GL125 First Year Seminar (4)

HS344 Human Anatomy (4)

HS345 Human Physiology (4)

PY130 Introduction to Psychology (4)

PY231 Developmental Psychology (4)

RP330G-HU Comparative Religions (4)

SY130 Introduction to Sociology (4)

Required course: one of the following:

EC334 Business Statistics 1 (4)

MT131 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Required course: one of the following:

BI352 Bioethics (4)

RP239 Values and Ethics (4)