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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, RN, CCM
Chair, Department of Nursing
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Sandra Harris, RN 
Assistant Professor
Preceptor Liaison
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University

Jennifer Johnson, RN
Assistant Professor
Skills Laboratory Coordinator
M.S.N., Michigan State University

Danita Wabeke, RN-OB
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Dwyer, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
B.S.N., University of Akron

Myrna George, RN
Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty
M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University

Diane Griger, RN
Adjunct Clinical Faculty
M.S.N., Boston University

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

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