BW is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Accelerated BSN cohort. The application deadline for the Fall 2014 cohort is February 1, 2014.
Applying for Admission to the Accelerated BSN Program
Admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is selective. The Admission Committee carefully reviews the academic preparation and achievements of each candidate for admission. This is a post-baccalaureate, second-degree program for adults seeking eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. Because of the unique approach to teaching and learning employed throughout the nursing program, no transfer credit is accepted.
Applicants to the Accelerated BSN program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Candidates for admission must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all college work. The Admission Committee is particularly interested in candidates who have work or volunteer experience in a helping profession or healthcare/patient contact related experience.
Candidates for the program must have met the following science prerequisites with a minimum 3.0 aggregate GPA in these courses and no grade lower than “C” in each. The average science GPA for students enrolling in the Fall 2013 nursing cohort is 3.5.
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II (two courses)
or one Anatomy course and one Physiology course
Science prerequisites may be satisfied by:
a) previous course work from BW or another regionally accredited college or university,
b) completion of Baldwin Wallace science-intensive coursework, or
c) through arrangement with the Nursing Program, demonstrated competency via an equivalency exam administered by the Nursing Program. This option has been offered in limited cases, when a candidate has successfully completed the prerequisite courses in the past and/or has work experience that supports current knowledge. It is the recommendation of the Nursing Program that candidates retake courses that may have been completed more than 10 years ago.
Candidates with a criminal record will not be eligible to enroll in the Accelerated BSN program at Baldwin Wallace University. All candidates must have a clear Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) report and a clear Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report.
The Ohio Board of Nursing recently posted an article in their newsletter regarding criminal background that offers more information. While it does not refer to BW directly, it gives potential nursing students who have a criminal record more information to consider.
Application for Admission
Official College Transcripts
Transcripts must be mailed directly from each college/university you attended to the BW Admission Office, including courses that may be recorded on another school's transcript. All coursework attempted is part of your academic record and considered in the application process, even if that coursework is no longer consistent with your academic goals. Often there is a small transaction fee, so it is a good idea to check with each school before sending your request. Transcript Request Form
Submit two recommendations, using the Accelerated BSN Recommendation Forms, completed by personal or professional references. At least one recommendation must be professional (including college instructors).
Application Supplement Form
The Accelerated BSN Application Supplement Form provides instructions on submitting the personal statement required of all applicants. It also includes additional questions required by the program that are not part of the general application form.
Once all application credentials are received by the Admission Office, the Admission Committee will review each candidate's application, and strong candidates will be contacted to meet with a member or members of the Admission Committee for an interview.
Application Deadlines and Admission Notification
This is a selective admission process. The Admission Committee reviews candidates on a rolling basis and will begin interviewing and making offers of admission as early as October, and continuing until the class is filled. All Accelerated BSN candidates must have their application and all required credentials submitted to the Admission Office no later than February 1. Candidates will be notified of a decision in writing by March 15.
Prerequisite Courses Not Completed
Candidates are encouraged to apply early, and may still be in the process of completing their science prerequisites while their application is being reviewed by the Admission Committee. In some cases, candidates may be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of their science prerequisites. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the Nursing Orientation in August.
Enrollment Confirmation Fee
Admitted candidates must pay a $200 nonrefundable enrollment confirmation fee within two weeks to hold their place in the class. This fee will be applied directly to tuition when the student enrolls in the Baldwin Wallace University Nursing Program.
Due to limited enrollment, some qualified candidates will be placed on an alternate list. The Accelerated BSN Program will review the enrollment capacity for new students throughout the spring and notify candidates prior to June 15 should an opening become available.
Once admitted to the Accelerated BSN program, students receive detailed instructions on a number of pre-enrollment requirements, including:
- Satisfactory physical examination signed by a medical professional including documentation of all required immunizations (e.g., MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B) and Required Functional Abilities. Nursing requires a unique combination of physical, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and social abilities in order to provide safe and effective care of patients. Students must be able to meet the required functional abilities below, with or without reasonable accommodations, throughout the program. Clinical facilities may identify additional required functional abilities at their discretion.
- Evidence of a successful civilian and federal background check through the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation.
- Passing a urine drug screen (administered during Orientation in August).
- Passing a math competency exam (administered during Orientation in August).
Students failing to satisfy any of these requirements will not be enrolled in the Accelerated BSN program.