Betty Napoleon, Ph.D., RN, CCM
Chair, Department of Nursing
(440) 826-8083, email@example.com
Welcome to the accelerated BSN program. This web page provides instructions on pre-enrollment requirements you must meet prior to beginning your program. You should begin these requirements now – some of them, such as your background check and the scheduling for your required immunizations/medical examination often require 4-6 weeks to complete.
- Pay Your Nursing Enrollment Confirmation
JANUARY 2017 NURSING COHORT
$1300 New Student Fee and Tuition Deposit
The accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program requires admitted students to pay a $300 new student fee and a $1000 tuition deposit. When a student is admitted prior to September 1, these two payments may be made separately. After September 1, the accelerated BSN program asks that they be made as a combined $1300 payment to secure your enrollment in this selective nursing program.
Pay your $1300 accelerated BSN enrollment confirmation online by credit card or electronic check. This payment is nonrefundable and will be applied to your first semester's tuition in the accelerated BSN program. When paying online, you will use the same online form whether paying the $300 new student fee, $1000 tuition deposit or a combined payment of both.
- If using the online payment form, enter $1300 if you are paying the new student fee and tuition deposit as a combined payment.
- If you have already paid your $300 new student fee, enter $1000 for the tuition deposit.
If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to Baldwin Wallace University with the notation "$1300 accelerated BSN new student fee/tuition deposit" and send to Baldwin Wallace University, Bursar Office, 275 Eastland Rd, Berea OH, 44017.
AUGUST 2017 NURSING COHORT
$300 New Student Enrollment Confirmation Fee
All new accelerated BSN students entering the Fall 2017 cohort must pay a $300 new student fee within two weeks of admission to secure their enrollment in this selective degree program. You will also be required to make a second payment of $1000 by April 1, 2017 to hold your place in the fall 2017 class.
Pay your $300 new student fee online by credit card or electronic check. The online form will ask for your BW student ID, which is printed on the enrollment confirmation card that was included with your letter of admission. The $300 new student enrollment confirmation fee is nonrefundable, and will be applied to your first semester tuition in the accelerated BSN program.
If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to Baldwin Wallace University with the notation "$300 accelerated BSN new student fee" and send to: Baldwin Wallace University, Bursar Office, 275 Eastland Rd, Berea OH, 44017.
More details will be posted once dates are confirmed. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming nursing students.
- Background Check
Download: Background Check Instructions
All students are required to complete a comprehensive background check, including finger printing, as part of the initial enrollment process. The search will take about 4 weeks to complete and must be completed well in advance of the start for the program. Nursing students are required to have a clear background check to be permitted to begin the program and practice in the clinical setting. Students whose background checks reveal a criminal history or arrest record of any sort that cannot be successfully adjudicated will not be allowed to begin the nursing program. This is a requirement of all affiliating hospitals and clinics.
Baldwin Wallace University contracts with Corporate Screening Services, Inc. for background checks, located at 16530 Commerce Court, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130. Phone: (800) 229-8606. Upon completion of the background check, the nursing program will work with Corporate Screening Services to confirm that a satisfactory background check was completed.
- Immunizations and Health Screening
Download: BW Health Form
Prior to beginning the accelerated BSN program, students must have personal health documentation on file in the nursing program office with proof of the following:
- Appropriate immunizations, or written validation of titers establishing immunity, for measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), mumps, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, chicken pox (varicella), hepatitis B and polio.
- Health status that qualifies the person to work directly with patients (Refer to “Required Functional Abilities for Nursing Students")
- Tuberculin (Tb) Testing: The two-step Mantoux Tb skin test is required to be completed by the student's healthcare provider as part of the BW health form. This is an annual requirement of the affiliating clinical agencies and will need to be repeated by the student during the program prior to expiration with documentation provided to the nursing program. Students who have a medical history of a false positive, allergy to the Mantoux test, BCG vaccination or are a converter are required to undergo Tb QuantiFERON testing (interferon-gamma release assay [IGRA]) for Tb infection through their provider, annually.
Students should be able to obtain any of the above immunizations from their family physician. Immunizations may also be available from county health agencies.
After enrolling in the accelerated BSN program, students must have an annual influenza vaccination administered during influenza season (October through March). This vaccination will be at the student's expense. The student must provide written validation to the nursing program that the vaccination has been received before the student will be permitted to continue in the clinical area beyond the first fall semester.
As a guest of the health care facilities that provide clinical experiences, students are subject to the policies of the agency, which include meeting the above standards for immunizations, and the ability to work directly with patients (Refer to “Required Functional Abilities for Nursing Students" contained in the Baldwin Wallace University accelerated Bachelor of Science health form). Because clinical experience is an essential element of the Accelerated BSN program, the inability to work in direct patient care will result in the student not continuing in the program.
- CPR Certification
CPR basic life support (BLS) certification must be completed and on file with the nursing program prior to orientation or they will not be permitted into the clinical setting, which then will impact progression in the program. All hospital affiliations for the BW accelerated BSN program require nursing students to be certified in CPR. Bring your CPR card to the nursing office when you come in to pick up program materials or, at the latest, bring it to orientation. Copies of CPR cards are not accepted — you must present the original.
CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) certification must be American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers with AED (automated external defibrillator). Red Cross or other versions of CPR certification are not acceptable. It must be AHA.
Sources of Certification
CPR certification classes are readily available. The American Heart Association provides a website where you can search for course dates and locations. The online version is acceptable, but you will still need to find a location to complete the hands-on practicum.
CPR certification is good for two years. The expiration date on your card must occur after October 15, 2017, or else the nursing program will not accept it for program purposes. Your CPR card must be valid throughout the program. There is no time allowance for retesting during the program.
- Drug Testing
Substance abuse is incompatible with the practice of nursing. The nursing program at Baldwin Wallace University recognizes its responsibility to maintain a drug-free educational environment and to ensure that students provide safe, high quality nursing services while engaged in official school educational activities. In keeping with this goal, the faculty support the policies set forth by the University relative to the use of drugs and alcohol.
All newly accepted students will be subject to substance abuse testing as part of the pre-enrollment health requirements. Substance abuse drug testing will be performed at no charge to the student and will involve an observed collection procedure. Any student testing positive for illegal substances will not be permitted to enter the nursing program. Throughout the program if student drug or alcohol usage is detected in the classroom, clinical, or other campus settings, the student will be referred for appropriate follow-up according to the BW policies outlined in the BW student handbook.
As guests in the health care facilities at which the nursing program affiliates, students will be subject to the policies of the agency, which may include random urine testing. If student drug or alcohol usage is detected in the clinical setting, the student will be tested at the clinical agency in accordance with agency policies. Detection of drug or alcohol usage while in the clinical setting will result in immediate dismissal from the nursing program.
All students returning to the accelerated BSN program after an absence will again be subject to substance abuse testing.
- Financial Aid
Complete the 2015-16 FAFSA.
Program Costs and Financial Assistance
View details on program costs and how to finance your nursing education.
- Professional Liability Insurance
Baldwin Wallace provides professional liability insurance for nursing students while they are at a clinical site at no cost to the student. This policy provides coverage while on site at the clinical setting only. This coverage does not extend beyond the active clinical experience under the auspice of this nursing program.
- Personal Medical Insurance
Proof of medical insurance coverage must be provided to the director of the nursing program prior to orientation. Students must provide their own personal health insurance while a student at Baldwin Wallace. Neither the University nor clinical affiliates cover student health-related incidents.
- Books and Supplies
Books are covered in the cost of the program and will be distributed through the BW Bookstore prior to orientation day. One uniform, a lab coat and a stethoscope are also provided. Students will need to be fitted for uniforms at the bookstore and place a uniform order early in the summer in order that uniforms are received prior to orientation day. Additional uniforms may be purchased through the bookstore. Students are responsible for the purchase of their shoes. Shoes must be white with a soft, non-slip sole. Shoes must have a closed back. Crocs, sandals, clogs, etc. are not permitted in the clinical setting.
Baldwin Wallace provides student parking for nursing students while they are on the BW campus at no cost to the student. All students are required to follow University parking regulations. Students are responsible for any citation fines, payable at the cashier's office in Bonds Hall. Unpaid fines are attached to the student bill after ten days.
- Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Baldwin Wallace is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities. The disability services for students (DSS) office is the campus office that works with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations. Students who have or think they may have a disability (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical or systemic) are invited to contact DSS to arrange a confidential discussion at (440) 826-2147 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find additional information about how to get connected with DSS.