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Twelve Months to a New Career

If you have a bachelor's degree, BW's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program can put you in a rewarding career in just one year. BW combines classroom rigor with comprehensive clinical rotations. You'll gain leadership, communication and critical thinking skills suited to today’s complex health care system. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students enter the program with many academic and professional backgrounds. However, all students must have successfully completed specific prerequisite coursework.

Innovative Approach That's Workplace Focused

BW employs concept-based learning, a dynamic approach that focuses on key concepts that can be applied to multiple clinical settings. As a result, nursing students develop a deep understanding of interrelated concepts and how to organize information in logical ways. In the workplace, they are collaborative, team-oriented problem solvers. BW graduates enter health care organizations as nurses who are versatile and skilled across multiple platforms – care provider, designer and manager – and are poised for career advancement.

Outstanding NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

Graduates of the Baldwin Wallace University Accelerated BSN program enjoy a superior passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam:

Class of 2015 ­– 100 percent
Class of 2014 ­– 92.31 percent
Class of 2013 ­– 94.74 percent

By comparison, in 2015 the Ohio first-time pass rate was 81.21% and the national average was 84.51%.

Alumni Success

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

Approval and Accreditation Status

The Baldwin Wallace University Accelerated BSN program is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Comprehensive Nursing Program Priced Competitively

BW offers a single, comprehensive price for the 12-month Accelerated BSN program. Total cost of the 2016-17 program is $34,500. Inclusive in the cost of the package is tuition, books, one uniform set, stethoscope, lab coat, all skills laboratory supplies, intensive NCLEX-RN preparation and review course, and NCLEX-RN practice examination. The nursing program package pricing represents a total savings to the student of more than $4,000. Financial aid available to Accelerated BSN students is primarily loans including the Federal Direct student loan program. These loans have features that include low interest rates, deferred payment options and flexible repayment schedules.


BW's nursing program is an intensive 12-month program that requires 58 credit hours. The program begins in August each year and covers three semesters ­– fall, spring and summer. Each semester is divided into two shorter terms.

This is an intensive, full-time program with a demanding schedule of courses and clinical experiences. Due to the rigor and demands of the didactic coursework and laboratories, clinical practice experiences, ongoing homework and studying, Accelerated BSN students should understand that there is little time to work during the course of this one-year program.

Fall 1 
NUR 100 Foundations of Nursing Practice4 cr
NUR 101 Clinical Foundations Practicum2 cr
NUR 105 Pathophysiological Concepts for Nursing Practice3 cr
NUR 106 Pharmacological Concepts in Nursing Practice3 cr
Fall 2 
NUR 110 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice I5 cr
NUR 115 Professional Nursing Clinical I2 cr
NUR 112 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice3 cr
Spring 1 
NUR 210 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice II5 cr
NUR 215 Professional Nursing Clinical II2 cr
NUR 212 Research and Evidence-based Practice in Nursing3 cr
Spring 2 
NUR 310 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice III5 cr
NUR 315 Professional Nursing Clinical III2 cr
NUR 312 Leadership and Ethics in Professional Practice3 cr
Summer 1 
NUR 410 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice IV5 cr>
NUR 415 Professional Nursing Clinical IV2 cr
NUR 412 Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing Practice3 cr
Summer 2 
NUR 450 Professional Nursing Practicum4 cr
NUR 455 Professional Nursing Seminar2 cr
 58 cr

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Betty Napoleon, Ph.D., RN, CCM
Chair, Department of Nursing

Sandra Harris
Assistant Professor and Preceptor Liaison
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Diploma in Nursing, St. Alexis School of Nursing

Sandra Harris teaches medical surgical and critical care nursing as well as courses in nursing theory, leadership and ethics and nursing trends and issues. She also coordinates the preceptor experience in the program's final capstone clinical course. Harris came to Baldwin Wallace University from the Cleveland Clinic where she was a research nurse coordinator engaged in various research projects, including ones funded by the National Institute of Health Studies. Harris also has many years of instructional experience on the faculty at Huron School of Nursing where she taught leadership, critical care, medical surgical and pediatric nursing. Prior to this, Harris was an intensive care unit staff nurse at Fairview General Hospital and Bedford Community Hospital, a nursing supervisor at Richmond Heights General Hospital an orthopedic nurse at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital and a rehabilitation nurse at MetroHealth Medical Center. She is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Jennifer Johnson
Assistant Professor and Skills Laboratory Coordinator
M.S.N., Michigan State University
B.S.N., Marshall University

Jennifer Johnson joined the nursing program as a medical surgical and intensive care step-down faculty member and skills laboratory coordinator from Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio where she was a telemetry charge nurse. Johnson’s clinical expertise spans medical surgical, hospice, community health, ventilator and cardiac catheterization nursing in a variety of hospitals in Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. She instructed BSN students at Grand Valley State University for a number of years before coming to Baldwin Wallace. Johnson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honorary.

Myrna George, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
M.Ed. (Educational Administration), John Carroll University
B.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
Diploma in Nursing, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital School of Nursing

Myrna George is the clinical faculty member supervising students in their community health nursing rotation. Previously, George served as the director for the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center’s licensed practical nursing program and the Parma School of Practical Nursing. She has many years of experience in industrial nursing, camp nursing, chronic illness and gerontology nursing, vocational nursing education and nursing supervision.

Elizabeth Dwyer, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
B.S.N., University of Akron
A.A.S. in Nursing, Lorain County Community College

Elizabeth Dwyer is a clinical faculty member for medical surgical nursing. She also is currently employed full time as a staff nurse in coronary care nursing at Southwest General Health Center. Dwyer has worked in the intensive care unit, coronary care unit and emergency room at Parma Hospital. Prior teaching experience includes clinical instruction in fundamentals of nursing and medical surgical nursing at Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College and Maricopa Community College in Arizona. Dwyer also served eight years as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Diane Griger, RN
Lecturer and Adjunct Clinical Faculty
M.S.N., Boston University
B.S.N., Boston College

Diane Griger brings to the Baldwin Wallace University nursing program over 30 years of teaching experience at the BSN, diploma and associate degree levels. Prior to joining the BW nursing faculty, Griger was a tenured professor in maternity nursing at Lakeland Community College. She also taught maternity nursing at Ursuline College and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, New York. She is a nurse volunteer and counselor at Womankind in Cleveland.

Christine Kuchenrither, RN
Adjunct Clinical and Nursing Skills Laboratory Faculty
M.S.N., University of Akron

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Lorain County Community College Prior to joining the faculty at Baldwin Wallace University, Ms. Kuchenrither was clinical research coordinator at North Ohio Research, Inc. where she enrolled and managed research volunteers and conducted Phase II-IV clinical drug and medical device trials in the fields of cardiology, pulmonary and endocrine medicine. Prior to this Ms. Kuchenrither was a clinical nuclear stress nurse at University Hospitals Elyria Memorial Hospital and adjunct clinical nursing faculty in medical surgical nursing at Lorain County Community College.

Lori-Anne Schulte-Laird, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S.N., P.M.H.N.P., University of Cincinnati
B.S.N., Bowling Green State University

Lori-Anne Schulte-Laird teaches pediatric nursing. She possesses noteworthy expertise in this field as well as behavioral health nursing. Schulte-Laird is the director of integrated care and director of nursing at OhioGuidestone (formerly Berea Children’s Home), a comprehensive, nonprofit organization that provides solutions to children, families and communities across Ohio. Prior to this, Schulte-Laird worked as a staff nurse in the pediatric unit at Aristocrat Berea, and in the neonatal intensive care units at MetroHealth Medical Center, where she also served as a NICU life flight transport nurse.

Erica Tegowski, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S.N., University of Phoenix
B.S.N., Mercy College of Northwest Ohio

Erica Tegowski is a clinical faculty member for medical surgical nursing. She is currently employed on a geriatric medical-surgical unit at University Hospitals of Cleveland and also serves as a clinical faculty member with the nursing program at Cuyahoga Community College.

Christina Thomas
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S., St. Joseph's University
B.S.N., University of Pennsylvania

Christina Thomas is a clinical faculty member in medical surgical nursing. Prior to coming to Baldwin Wallace, Thomas served many years as an oncology and bone marrow transplant nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and later was the sedation and MRI coordinator at the same facility. She subsequently functioned as the nurse manager in the inpatient oncology unit and outpatient infusion center at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. Thomas is chemotherapy certified through the Association for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses.