BW is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Accelerated BSN cohort. This is a post-baccalaureate, second-degree program for adults seeking eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse.
Applying for Admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
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.
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.
Because of the unique approach to teaching and learning employed throughout the nursing program, no transfer credit is accepted.
Candidates for the program must have met the following science prerequisites with a minimum 2.75 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 previous course work from Baldwin Wallace University or other regionally accredited colleges or universities. BW offers these three prerequisite courses in an intensive format during the summer.
It is the recommendation of the Nursing Program that candidates retake science prerequisite courses that were completed more than 10 years ago.
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.
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
Candidates who have attended foreign institutions must have their transcripts translated and verified by World Educational Services.
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, 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 Admission Committee for an interview.
Application Deadlines and
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 candidates as they are recieved 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 $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 should an opening become available.
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 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.