Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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A rewarding, in-demand career in nursing awaits you. Baldwin Wallace’s four-year, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program will give you the clinical, leadership, communication and critical thinking skills to excel as a registered nurse.

You’ll learn from professors who are nurses with years of clinical as well as academic experience. You’ll develop a compassionate, holistic and team approach to patient care while gaining the skills to prepare you for leadership roles in nursing.

Nursing Clinicals Start Second Year

As a student in Baldwin Wallace's four-year nursing program, you'll begin clinical rotations during your second year that will continue every semester of the program. BW's outstanding reputation across Northeast Ohio's healthcare hub gives you clinical opportunities with world-renowned research hospitals and medical centers — Cleveland Clinic Health System, University Hospital Health System, Southwest General Health Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, St. John Medical Center, Akron General Medical Center and Akron Children's Hospital.

Integrated, Innovative Approach to a BSN Degree

BW’s concept-based nursing curriculum will give you a deep and integrated understanding of nursing concepts. It offers outstanding preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

  • Photo of BW Nursing Lab

    Hands-on learning is at the center of BW's undergraduate BSN program. Our state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab provides an outstanding foundation for the extensive clinical experiences you'll have at nationally renowned medical centers.

  • Photo of BW Nursing Classroom

    BW nursing faculty are registered nurses with decades of experience ranging from emergency room nursing to community health care.

  • Once the purchase is finalized, this building at 201 Front St. in Berea will be converted for use by BW's thriving physician assistant and nursing programs.

    BW unveiled a newly renovated 25,000 square-foot building dedicated to its nursing and physician assistant programs that features classrooms, labs and open spaces where students can learn, study and socialize.

  • Photo of 201 Front Nursing Lab

    The 201 Front St. building features tech-enhanced classrooms and spacious clinical labs where students practice simulated patient care.

Nursing Career Opportunities

Studying nursing at BW helps you build career-marketable skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for RNs is expected to grow 12 percent from 2018-2028, which is much faster than the average job growth. The 2019 national median pay for nurses is $73,300 annually.

The diverse roles of nurses include staff nurses, legal-nurse consultants, researchers, case managers, educators, community health nurses, and directors of nursing programs at hospitals, community agencies, school systems, long-term care and assisted living facilities, and hospices.

4-Year Undergraduate Nursing Program

Baldwin Wallace's four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is for students who DO NOT currently have licensure as a registered nurse.

Admission Considerations

BW's undergraduate BSN program is a direct admit program. To ensure student access to clinical rotations, BW's undergraduate BSN program will enroll a maximum of 48 first-year students for each incoming fall nursing cohort to ensure space is available for all students who complete program prerequisite courses and requirements to begin clinical rotations and nursing courses during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Transfer students will be admitted on a space-available basis. Prospective BSN transfer students should consult their BW admission counselor to evaluate the next transfer opportunity.

In an effort to avoid over-enrolling the BSN program, the Admission Committee may utilize a waitlist.
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Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the BSN program follows BW's undergraduate liberal arts tuition schedule. View tuition — as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities — for first-year and transfer students. An additional fee of $700 is administered for each of the student's final five semesters in the nursing program ($3,500 total over five semesters). Items covered by the fee include: books (in the final five semesters), stethoscope, lab supplies, lab coat, uniforms, graduation items, and exit exams.

BW Nursing Grads Earn near-perfect NCLEX-RN Scores

The new undergraduate BSN program includes the same coursework, lab and clinical experiences as Baldwin Wallace's accredited 15-month accelerated BSN program offered to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing. The average first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate for all BW ABSN cohorts exceeds 95 percent.

Accredited BSN Program

Baldwin Wallace’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Baldwin Wallace’s undergraduate BSN program provides a direct pathway to becoming a nurse. You’ll take three semesters of foundation-building prerequisite courses before beginning nursing major courses and clinical rotations during the spring semester of your sophomore year.

BW's sequential nursing curriculum (view 4-year sequence of courses) enables you to constantly build on your understanding of nursing concepts. Upon graduation, you’ll be career-ready with versatile skills across multiple platforms – care provider, designer and manager – and be poised for advancement.

View information on admission, prerequisite courses, steps for entry into the second-year nursing curriculum, student-athlete considerations and recommended high school coursework.

BSN Professors Teach and Mentor from a Solid Clinical Foundation

Faculty in BW’s BSN program are registered nurses with decades of experience, degrees and certifications. They’ll work one-on-one with you to prepare you for success in your studies, clinical settings and the NCLEX-RN exam, which is required to become a registered nurse.

4-Year Nursing Program Builds In-Demand Skills

Earning a BSN degree from Baldwin Wallace’s four-year nursing program offers distinct and ongoing career advantages. Among them, employers prefer RNs with a BSN because of their advanced skills and professional attributes that span leadership, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, case management, health promotion and the ability to work across a diverse array of healthcare settings.

Nursing Simulation Lab

You’ll learn complex nursing skills in BW’s state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab before applying them with real patients in clinical settings. This outstanding learning environment decreases stress, ensures safety, and will help you feel comfortable and confident as you progress throughout the curriculum.

What You'll Learn

Some of the many skills you’ll gain in BW’s BSN degree program are an ability to:

  • Incorporate appropriate technologic advances into high-quality nursing care.

  • Apply critical thinking in the development, implementation and evaluation of standards for professional nursing practices.

  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to improve healthcare for all individuals.

  • Apply leadership principles in diverse professional nursing roles.

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments in the application of standards to inform and influence healthcare trends and decision-making.

Professional Licensure

The BW Nursing Baccalaureate program graduate meets the requirements to apply for the registered nurse license in the state of Ohio. See the list of registered nurse professional licensure requirements in Ohio and registered nurse licensure/certificate requirements outside of Ohio.

Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small group experiences, individual attention and faculty mentoring are central to BW's undergraduate nursing major.

BW BSN students experience exceptional learning

Baldwin Wallace nursing students benefit from the university's outstanding access to top-ranked medical centers and healthcare organizations. BW is an easy 20-minute drive from Cleveland and its extensive offering of hospitals, clinics, sports medicine facilities, and government and community health organizations.

Expanded, Newly Renovated Facility for BW Nursing

BW will be unveiling a newly renovated 25,000 square-foot building dedicated to its flourishing nursing and physician assistant programs. The state-of-the-art facility will include tech-enhanced classrooms and spacious clinical labs, as well as open spaces where students can learn, study and socialize.

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)

BW nursing students have the opportunity to join the NSNA. The mission of the NSNA is to:

  • Bring together and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, as well as those enrolled in baccalaureate completion programs.
  • Convey the standards and ethics of the nursing profession.
  • Promote development of the skills that students will need as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession.
  • Advocate for high quality, evidence-based, affordable and accessible healthcare.
  • Advocate for and contribute to advances in nursing education.
  • Develop nursing students who are prepared to lead the profession in the future.

Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program

The BW Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program is open to Ohio residents who are entering Baldwin Wallace in the fall as a first-year student or transfer student and are interested in nursing. Students are eligible to apply to the program which also offers the Choose Ohio First scholarship, awarding annual, renewable scholarships of up to $5,000.


BW nursing graduates have successful career opportunities at schools, community agencies and healthcare facilities across Northeast Ohio and beyond. They practice in areas such as medical surgical nursing, trauma nursing, burn care, emergency room, neonatal ICU, pediatric nursing, psychiatric nursing, skilled nursing, and ICUs (surgical, coronary and neuro).

Other alumni have completed or are enrolled in graduate programs to become advanced practice nurses such as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nursing educators and clinical specialists.



Full-Time Faculty

Yvonne M. Smith, Ph.D., APRN-CNS
Chair, Department of Nursing

Kathy J. Meyers, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, ELNEC
Associate Program Administrator
Associate Professor

Angela Douglas, M.S.N., APRN-CNP, CNE, ATC
Assistant Professor

Yolanda Flenoury, M.S.N, APRN-CNS, CDCES
Assistant Professor

Diane M. Kocisko, D.N.P., R.N., NPD-BC, C.P.N.
Coordinator of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor

Christine Kuchenrither, D.N.P., R.N.
Assistant Professor

Christopher Seminatore, M.S.N, MBA, R.N., CEN, EMT-P
Lab Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Jodi Burdon, D.N,P., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Ruth Casada, M.S.N.-Ed., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Kristine Coleman, M.S.N.-Ed., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Tiffany Colston, M.S.N., AGPCNP
Adjunct Faculty

Alyssa Ganzke, M.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Michelle Gibson, M.S.N., PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Adjunct Faculty

Meredith Gierke, M.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Aimee Lane, M.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Justin T. Loew, D.N.P., R.N., CNL
Adjunct Faculty

Heather Miles, M.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Monica Miller, M.S.N.-Ed., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Lorann Murphy, M.S.N., APMHCNS-BC
Adjunct Faculty

Kathleen Overy, M.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Kasja Pinter, D.N.P., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Rose Randle, M.S.N.-Ed., R.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Kimberly Seiler, M.S.N., R.N., C.P.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Adam Sheaks, M.S.N.-Ed., R.N., C.E.N.
Adjunct Faculty

Niki Smiley Wilson, D.N.P., APRN-CNP
Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Teaching Assistants

Linda Butorac, B.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Teaching Assistant

Katherine Chokan, B.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Teaching Assistant

Martha Nickel, B.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Teaching Assistant

Daniel Rausch, B.S.N., R.N.
Adjunct Teaching Assistant


Kathy Devney
Administrative Coordinator
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