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Accelerated Bachelor of Science
in Nursing Program (ABSN)

This is a post-baccalaureate, second-degree program for adults seeking eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse.

BW Nursing web pages

Application Deadlines and Admission Notification

Required Functional Abilities


Admission to the Accelerated BSN 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. The Admission Committee is particularly interested in candidates who have work or volunteer experience in a helping profession or healthcare/patient contact related experience. 

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. Competitive candidates for admission will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college work. The average science GPA for students enrolling in the Fall 2013 nursing cohort is 3.5. The Accelerated BSN Program welcomes students with degrees in any area, however students must have met specific science prerequisites to enroll in the nursing curriculum. 

Science Prerequisites

Students enrolling in the Accelerated BSN Program must have earned grades of A or B in each of the three prerequisite courses: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Microbiology

These three science prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university within the last five years.  They should be offered through a Biology Department and must have contained a laboratory component.  In addition, the science prerequisite courses may not be taken as online courses.  

Candidates who have not completed their science prerequisites may apply for admission to the Accelerated BSN Program, and may be conditionally considered for admission to the program pending successful completion of these courses prior to the Nursing Orientation in August.

Recommended courses students could complete while waiting to enter the Nursing Program that would strengthen a student’s performance while in the program:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medical Ethics
  • Math courses (ratios, proportions, fractions, decimals)

Applying for Admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program 

Application for Admission

Baldwin Wallace University waives your $25 application fee when you apply online.
Apply Online
Download Application
(Print a copy of the application)


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

International Transcripts  Candidates who have attended foreign institutions must have their transcripts translated and verified by World Education Services (www.wes.org), Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or other approved international educational evaluation organization.


Two Recommendations

Using the online Nursing Recommendation Form, please provide two professional or personal recommendations from people qualified to evaluate your background and potential for success in a nursing program.  Recommendations may come from a health care professional, supervisor, college professor, or someone who is familiar with your goals and abilities to successfully complete the Accelerated BSN program.  Recommendations should not be completed by any member of your immediate family.  Select people who are familiar with your achievements and goals in terms of leadership, motivation and dependability, potential for growth, communication skills, character and integrity.  At least one recommendation must be professional (including college instructors).  A direct link to the form is www.bw.edu/recommendation-nursing

A paper version of the recommendation forms is also available, if preferred.


Application Supplement Form

The Accelerated BSN Application Supplement Form provides instructions on submitting the personal statement required of all applicants, and 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 Nursing Program for an interview.  


International Candidates

Candidates for the Accelerated BSN Program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Clinical training and experience from another country brings depth to your application, but does not waive other prerequisite and application requirements.

Candidates who have attended foreign institutions must have their transcripts translated and verified by World Education Services (www.wes.org), Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) or another approved international educational evaluation organization.

All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required for all candidates for whom English is a second language.  Minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam, must be achieved on a test taken within the last 2 years. To register to take the TOEFL, go to www.ets.org/toefl/register.


Criminal Record

Candidates with a criminal record are not eligible for enrollment in the Accelerated BSN program at Baldwin Wallace University.  All students enrolled in the nursing program are required to complete both a civilian and a federal background check through the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI&I). Forms and details will be provided to all students who qualify for admission to the program.  Students will also be required to complete both the civilian and federal background checks in preparation for the NCLEX exam.

Application Deadlines and
Admission Notification

This is a selective admission process, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so there is no firm application deadline date.  The Admission Committee reviews applications when all credentials are complete, and selects candidates for the interview process beginning in the early fall and continuing until the next August cohort is filled. Candidates will be notified by letter of their admission decision.  In some cases, candidates are selected for an alternate list.


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 $300 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. Another $1000 tuition deposit is due on or before April 15. Both payments are credited directly to the cost of tuition.


Alternate List

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 should an opening become available. 

Pre-Enrollment Requirements

Once admitted to the Accelerated BSN program, students receive detailed instructions on a number of pre-enrollment requirements, including:

  • Successful completion of academic prerequisites. Official transcripts confirming successful completion of all bachelor degree requirements and the specific science prerequisite courses must be received by the Admission Office as soon as completed, and no later than a week prior to Orientation in August.
  • 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 on campus prior to 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.