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Submit Official College Transcripts

Transcripts must be mailed directly from each college/university you attended to the BW admission office, including courses that may be recorded on another school's transcript. All coursework attempted is part of your academic record and considered in the application process, even if that coursework is no longer consistent with your academic goals. Often there is a small transaction fee, so it is a good idea to check with each school before sending your request. Download transcript request form.

Provide Two Recommendations

Using the online recommendation form, please provide two professional or personal recommendations from people qualified to evaluate your background and potential for success in a nursing program. Recommendations may come from a health care professional, supervisor, college professor, or someone who is familiar with your goals and abilities to successfully complete the accelerated BSN program. Recommendations should not be completed by any member of your immediate family. Select people who are familiar with your achievements and goals in terms of leadership, motivation and dependability, potential for growth, communication skills, character and integrity. At least one recommendation must be professional (including college instructors). A paper version of the recommendation form is also available, if preferred.

Interview by Invitation

Once all application credentials are received by the admission office, the admission committee will review each candidate's application, and strong candidates will be contacted to meet with a member or members of the nursing program for an interview.

Criminal Record

When applying for admission to the accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program, candidates are asked whether they have ever been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony that was not expunged or sealed. Candidates with a criminal record that has not been expunged or sealed are not eligible for enrollment in the nursing program at Baldwin Wallace University. All students who enroll in the nursing program are required to complete both a civilian and a federal background check through the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI&I). Forms and details will be provided to all students who qualify for admission to the program. Students will also be required to complete both the civilian and federal background checks in preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam. Although students with an expunged record may be eligible for enrollment and clinical placement in BW’s program, an expunged or sealed record may impact a student’s eligibility to qualify for a professional license following completion of the program. Eligibility for a professional license varies by state and may be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the professional licensing board.

International Candidates

Candidates for the accelerated BSN program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Clinical training and experience from another country brings depth to your application but does not waive other prerequisite and application requirements.

Candidates who have attended foreign institutions must have their transcripts translated and verified by World Education Services, Education Credential Evaluators or another approved international educational evaluation organization.

All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required for all candidates for whom English is a second language. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam, must be achieved on a test taken within the last two years. Register to take the TOEFL.

Application Deadlines and Admission Notification

This is a selective admission process, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so there is no firm application deadline date. The admission committee reviews applications when all credentials are complete, and selects candidates for the interview process beginning in the early fall and continuing until the next cohort is filled. Candidates will be notified by letter of their admission decision. In some cases, candidates are selected for an alternate list.

Pre-Enrollment Requirements

Once admitted to the accelerated BSN program, students receive detailed instructions on a number of pre-enrollment requirements, including:

  • Successful completion of academic prerequisites. Official transcripts confirming successful completion of all bachelor degree requirements and the specific science prerequisite courses must be received by the admission office as soon as completed, and no later than a week prior to orientation in August.
  • Satisfactory physical examination signed by a medical professional including documentation of all required immunizations (e.g., MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B) and required functional abilities. Nursing requires a unique combination of physical, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and social abilities in order to provide safe and effective care of patients. Students must be able to meet the required functional abilities below, with or without reasonable accommodations, throughout the program. Clinical facilities may identify additional required functional abilities at their discretion.
  • Evidence of a successful civilian and federal background check through the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation.
  • Passing a urine drug screen (administered on campus prior to orientation in August).
  • Passing a math competency exam (administered during orientation in August).

Students failing to satisfy any of these requirements will not be enrolled in the accelerated BSN program.

Prerequisite Courses Not Completed

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, and may still be in the process of completing their science prerequisites while their application is being reviewed by the admission committee. In some cases, candidates may be conditionally admitted pending successful completion of their science prerequisites. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the nursing orientation in August.

Enrollment Confirmation Fee

Admitted candidates must pay a $300 nonrefundable enrollment confirmation fee within two weeks to hold their place in the class. This fee will be applied directly to tuition when the student enrolls in the Baldwin Wallace University nursing program. Another $1,000 tuition deposit is due prior to the program start with a date included in your letter of admission. Both payments are credited directly to the cost of tuition.

Alternate List

Due to limited enrollment, some qualified candidates will be placed on an alternate list. The accelerated BSN program will review the enrollment capacity for new students throughout the spring and notify candidates should an opening become available.