Admission Questions

When is the application deadline?

The ABSN application cycle will open in August 2022 for candidates who want to enroll in the fall 2023 cohort. Applications to the ABSN program are reviewed on a rolling basis, but candidates are encouraged to apply early for interview preference.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply?

Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (4.0 scale) and a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) to apply. All collegiate coursework will be considered during the admission review process. Meeting the GPA minimum does not guarantee an interview or admission to the accelerated BSN.

Candidates with GPAs below the preferred cumulative 3.0 minimum may be asked to provide additional documentation outlining academic performance during the admission review process.

I completed a graduate program. Will this coursework be considered when calculating the cumulative GPA?

All university coursework, including graduate-level courses, are included when calculating the cumulative GPA.

Is there an interview process?

Qualified candidates are invited to participate in an interview with members of the admission committee and nursing faculty. Being selected for an interview does not guarantee admission. Interviews begin in November and continue throughout the spring semester until the cohort is full.

I am still completing my bachelor’s degree and will graduate before the nursing program starts. May I still apply?

Yes. Many candidates apply to the accelerated BSN while still completing their initial undergraduate degrees. Official transcripts depicting degree conferment is required before entering the accelerated BSN.

Which prerequisite courses are required for admission?

Seven prerequisite courses are required and must be completed before the start of the accelerated BSN. Please refer to our prerequisites page for additional information.

I have significant healthcare experience. Can this waive prerequisite requirements?

Currently, there are no waivers in place for prerequisite coursework. All candidates seeking the accelerated BSN must show successful completion of prerequisite coursework by early August prior to the program start.

I earned my bachelor’s degree from a foreign institution. What should I do?

Candidates with degrees earned from foreign institutions must have their academic transcripts evaluated and translated into English by World Education Services (WES). Other evaluation agencies may be accepted upon approval from the ABSN admission committee.

I previously attended another accredited nursing program. May I apply to BW’s accelerated BSN?

Candidates who previously attended another accredited nursing program will be required to submit a supplemental form in addition to other application materials. Please note that no previous coursework will transfer or replace courses within BW’s ABSN curriculum. Please contact a member of the admission staff for more details.

Do you require any entrance exams like the TEAS or HESI to apply?

No entrance exams are required as part of the admission process to the accelerated BSN.

I’m a current BW student or graduate. Do I have to submit my transcripts?

The admission office will work with current BW students and graduates to retain official BW transcripts. If official transcripts from other institutions were already submitted to BW for prior coursework, the admission office may be able to utilize those during the admission process.

Program Specific Questions

How long is the program and when does the program start?

The ABSN is 15 months and a new cohort begins each August. The accelerated BSN is only offered full-time and in person. Courses are taken in sequence throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters.

What degree is awarded upon completion of the program?

Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

What is concept-based learning?

The ABSN utilizes concept-based learning, a cutting-edge teaching and learning model that addresses the needs of the profession. Nursing students learn how to organize information in logical ways, thus challenging them to become increasingly skilled at critical thinking.

What can I expect from the clinical rotations?

Each student completes approximately 700 hours of clinical experience, and rotations are set up in groups of six to eight students. BW partners with a variety of healthcare facilities within the region including University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience within multiple settings including major hospitals, clinics and extended care facilities.

When do classes, labs and clinical rotations take place?

Classes and labs are arranged in a prescribed order during the program and are typically held Monday through Friday during daytime hours. Clinical assignments and community health experiences are scheduled according to the availability of the clinical sites and organizations, and may be held during the day, evening or weekend.

Is transportation provided to clinical sites?

Students are responsible for arranging transportation to classes and clinical assignments.

Can I work while attending this program?

Due to the intensity and rigor, students are encouraged not to work during the duration of this program.