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Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2024 Cohort

BW's accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) is actively seeking candidates for its fall 2024 cohort. While applications to the ABSN program are reviewed on a rolling basis, preferred application review will begin November 15, 2023. Candidates must apply through NursingCAS to be considered for admission.

Accelerated Nursing Program in Ohio

A rewarding, in-demand career in nursing awaits you. If you have a bachelor's degree, Baldwin Wallace's accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) can put you in a rewarding new career in just 15 months. Through a combination of classroom rigor and comprehensive clinical rotations, you'll gain leadership, communication, critical thinking and clinical skills suited to today's complex healthcare system. Upon completion, you'll be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

ABSN Student

Students enter BW's accelerated BSN with many academic and professional backgrounds. However, all students must have successfully completed specific prerequisite coursework. Individuals interested in studying nursing who do not have a bachelor's degree may qualify for Baldwin Wallace's undergraduate, four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

You'll learn from professors who are nurses with years of clinical as well as academic experience. You'll develop a compassionate, holistic and team approach to patient care while gaining the skills to prepare you for leadership roles in nursing.


Accredited Nursing Program

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Nursing Program Rank

Ranked #2 Nursing Program in Ohio

BW's nursing program was named second best in Ohio according to rankings released by Nursing Schools Almanac.

ABSN Highlights

ABSN Prerequisites


The accelerated BSN enrolls a new cohort each August. Admission to the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is selective. Candidates are evaluated on a rolling basis with application review for each cohort beginning up to a year in advance.

Selection is based on a combination of factors including academic performance (GPA), letters of recommendation, personal statement, life/work experience, and an interview with the admission committee. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (4.0 scale) and a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) to apply.

Candidates have degrees from all academic areas but must have completed the required prerequisites prior to enrollment. All collegiate coursework will be considered during the admission review process. While a minimum GPA of 2.8 is required to apply, the average GPA of students selected for admission is above a 3.0.

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Alumni Success

BW nursing alumni are employed in healthcare organizations across Northeast Ohio, including Southwest General Health Center, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Guidestone, MetroHealth Medical Center, Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children's Hospital in specialties such as medical surgical nursing, trauma nursing, burn care nursing, neonatal intensive care nursing, pediatric nursing, skilled nursing, coronary intensive care nursing and psychiatric nursing. Additional BW graduates are enrolled in nurse practitioner graduate programs.

portrait of Cody McNulty

"I don't regret a single moment in BW’s nursing program. BW's instructors prepared me to provide top-notch patient care and work under pressure, which I experience in the ICU every day."

Cody McNulty '20

Critical Care Nursing Fellow
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center

portrait of Asi Dzietror

"Transitioning from the military can be intimidating and nerve-racking. Losing a steady income and figuring out how to translate military experience into a viable career in the civilian world can be challenging. BW’s ABSN offered an opportunity to pursue a totally different career in a relatively short amount of time."

Asi Dzietror '19

Surgical Telemetry
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

portrait of Laura Palazzo

"Clinicals challenged me to think critically about real-world patients, hone assessment skills and put all of the medical pieces together to become a caring nurse who develops better plans, encourages improved outcomes and empowers people to a greater quality of life."

Laura Palazzo '19

High Risk Labor and Delivery Float Pool
University Hospitals

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"I most enjoyed the opportunity to learn with a small and diverse group of students. Everyone brought unique experiences along with diverse interests and backgrounds to our cohort, making for a supportive and fun learning environment.

Aubrie Lyons '18

Neuro/Ortho RN
Providence Hospital System - Missoula, Montana

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