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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.

  • BW Nursing students clinical trials at Southwest General Health Center (hospital) with instructor Jennifer Johnson, RN, registered nurse. Students Lauren Migalski, left and Cassandra Mance.

    BW's intensive program combines rigorous classwork and lab-work with extensive clinical experience that starts your first semester. BW nursing students complete a clinical rotation at Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. 

  • Working with patients in a variety of settings will prepare you for employment in this diverse career field. A nursing student completes blood pressure and glucose assessments at the annual BW health fair. 

  • Nursing students help explain the reasons why colon health is important as people view the giant walk-through display of a colon, have their blood pressure and glucose levels checked.

    BW nursing faculty are registered nurses with decades of experience ranging from emergency room nursing to community health care. Nursing students with assistant professor Sandra Harris explain the importance of colon health with a giant walk-through colon display. 

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).

First-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam:

Class of 2016 - December100%
Class of 2016 - August92%
Class of 2015100%
Class of 201492.31%
Class of 201394.74%

By comparison, in 2016 the Ohio first-time pass rate was 82.02% and the national average was 88.1%.

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 2017-18 program is $35,616. Included in the cost of the package is tuition, books, one uniform set, stethoscope, lab coat, 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.

Term 1
NUR 100 Foundations of Nursing Practice4 cr
NUR 101 Clinical Foundations Practicum2 cr
NUR 105 Pathophysiological Concepts for Nursing Practice3 cr
NUR 112 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice1.5 cr
NUR 118 Foundations of Clinical Nutrition for Nursing Practice1.5 cr
Term 2
NUR 110 Health and Illness Concepts in Nursing Practice I5 cr
NUR 106 Pharmacological Concepts in Nursing Practice3 cr
NUR 115 Professional Nursing Clinical I2 cr
Term 3
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 Nursing1.5 cr
NUR 218 Nursing Informatics1.5 cr
Term 4
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
Term 5
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
Term 6
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