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Admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program is selective. This is a post-baccalaureate, second-degree program for adults seeking eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. Baldwin Wallace University welcomes each student’s application for admission and will carefully review the academic preparation and achievements of each applicant. During this process, students must provide evidence of their preparation and fit for future success at Baldwin Wallace University consistent with academic standards and code of conduct statements for the University, program or profession. The admission committee is particularly interested in candidates who have work or volunteer experience in a helping profession or healthcare/patient contact related experience. All aspects of an application are considered, and used as the primary means for informing an admission decision.

All application materials should be submitted to:

Admission Office
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea OH 44017
nursing@bw.edu
Fax: (440) 826-3830

Because of the unique approach to teaching and learning employed throughout the nursing program, no transfer credit is accepted.

Applicants to the ABSN program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Competitive candidates for admission will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college work. The average science GPA for students enrolling in the fall 2015 nursing cohort was 3.5. The Accelerated BSN program welcomes students with degrees in any area, however students must have met specific science prerequisites to enroll in the nursing curriculum.

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BW is currently accepting applications for the nursing cohort beginning in fall semester (August 2017).

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Science Prerequisites

Students enrolling in the Accelerated BSN program must have earned grades of A or B in each of the three prerequisite courses:

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

These three science prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university within the last five years. They should be offered through a biology department and must have contained a laboratory component. In addition, the science prerequisite courses may not be taken as online courses.

Courses in comparative anatomy, mammalian anatomy and physiology and/or vertebrate anatomy will not meet the pre-requisite requirement of human anatomy and physiology. Likewise, transfer 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 pre-requisite requirement.

Candidates who have not completed their science prerequisites may apply for admission to the Accelerated BSN program and may be conditionally considered for admission to the program pending successful completion of these courses prior to the nursing orientation in August.

Recommended courses students could complete while waiting to enter the nursing program that would strengthen a student’s performance while in the program:

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