Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baldwin Wallace University

Students enrolling in the Accelerated BSN program must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. While the degree can be in any area, all candidates must have completed the following three prerequisite courses with grades of A or B in each course:

  • Human anatomy and physiology I with lab
  • Human anatomy and physiology II with lab
  • Microbiology with lab

The prerequisite courses listed are minimum requirements. Additional biology and chemistry courses are recommended. Candidates must have completed all three prerequisite courses, with a grade of B or better in each course, prior to enrollment in the accelerated BSN program.

Candidates still completing prerequisite coursework may apply

Candidates may apply and have their applications reviewed by the admission committee while they are still in the process of completing their prerequisites. In some cases, candidates may be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of their prerequisites. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the nursing orientation.

All prerequisite coursework must be obtained from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.

The three science prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last five years at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. They should be offered through a biology department and must have contained a laboratory component.

International candidates who have completed medical programs in other countries must complete the prerequisite coursework at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.

Five-year time limit

All prerequisite courses are to be completed within the last five years, and candidates must have a working knowledge of these courses.

Anatomy and physiology 1 and 2

Not all schools offer A&P as a combined two-course sequence with labs. One semester of human anatomy with lab and one semester of human physiology with lab may be substituted for the two combined anatomy and physiology courses with labs.

Courses in comparative anatomy, mammalian anatomy and physiology and/or vertebrate anatomy will not meet the prerequisite requirement of human anatomy and physiology. Likewise, courses such as anatomy and physiology for non-science majors, anatomy and physiology for physical education majors and anatomy and physiology for non-health science majors will not meet the Baldwin Wallace nursing prerequisite requirement.

Retaking prerequisites

If a student has retaken courses for a better grade, both the original and retaken grade will be included in the GPA calculation, and the better grade will be noted.

No previous credit replaces or transfers into the accelerated BSN curriculum

No previous coursework will transfer to replace courses in the nursing program. There will be no advanced standing permitted in the accelerated BSN program.

Additional recommended coursework

While not required for admission, these recommended courses may strengthen a candidate’s application and support successful performance in the program:

  • Medical terminology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Introduction to pharmacology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medical ethics
  • Math courses (ratios, proportions, fractions, decimals)