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Nursing BS - BSN Accelerated (UW Oshkosh)

Health-Related Sciences

The Accelerated Online Bachelor's to BSN option at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh began with a pilot cohort in May 2003, after two years of planning. This innovative option, the first of its kind in the country, allows individuals who already have a bachelor's degree and have met rigorous admission criteria to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 12 months.

Theory courses are offered online, and clinical rotations are completed in the student's home community, guided one-on-one by nurse preceptors and supervised by clinical faculty.

The Accelerated option currently has two cohorts. One runs from May to May, and the other from October to October. Students take one course at a time and progress through the curriculum as a cohort.

The curriculum is completed at a rate of one credit per week. Since the rapid pace demands a full-time commitment to academics, students are required to agree in writing to forgo all employment during the entire curriculum.

Students have a total of three weeks of campus residency, during which they complete intensive skills and health assessment labs, the first clinical rotation and a capstone experience.

The Accelerated nursing option utilizes innovative technology, including Second Life, to provide unique immersion learning experiences. Students participate in online discussions and exercise their clinical knowledge in virtual classrooms and laboratory settings.

The Accelerated option IS:

Innovative: The Accelerated option utilizes a one-on-one, precepted clinical model and cutting-edge technology including Second Life.

Rigorous: Courses are completed at the rate of one credit per week with few days off throughout the year. Students must meet high academic standards.

Successful: The attrition rate is less than 3%; the NCLEX first-attempt pass rate is well above the national average. This option consistently graduates well-prepared new nurses who are able to quickly take on the professional role.

Accredited: The Accelerated option is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Accelerated option IS NOT:

Self-paced: The entire cohort progresses through the curriculum together. Students must adhere to strict due dates.

Self-directed: Although the coursework requires a significant amount of independent work, courses are always closely guided by the course instructor in a highly structured online class.

Easy: Coursework is rigorous to best prepare competent new nurses. Students typically spend 8-12 hours on coursework each day.

Admission Requirements:

Students considered for admission to the Accelerated Online BSN option must have:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or a clearly defined plan to complete a bachelor's degree before the curriculum start date
  • 2.75 minimum GPA in College of Nursing academic prerequisites
  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate
    • CNA course must have a clinical component
    • Work experience as a CNA is strongly recommended
  • A score that meets or exceeds the national mean average of the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS) V

Upon Admission to the Accelerated Nursing Option

Accepted students must complete an American Heart Association CPR course (Healthcare Provider) or a Red Cross CPR course (CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer) prior to the curriculum start date, attaining certification that will be current throughout the 12-months.

All applicants to the Accelerated nursing option must obtain a certificate as a nursing assistant (CNA) prior to the program start date. Completing the CNA provides initial exposure to the healthcare field and understanding of basic concepts important in nursing care.

A minimum grade of C is required in all of the prerequisite courses.

Applicants must complete the equivalent of all of the UW Oshkosh courses listed below. Course descriptions can be found in the online catalog. Matching course descriptions, however, does not ensure course equivalency.

Upon admission to the University, a "transfer credit evaluation" is sent to the applicant showing course equivalencies. Applicants with questions regarding prerequisite coursework are advised to contact the advisor for the Accelerated Online Bachelor's to BSN option at (920) 424-7215 or

All six science prerequisites, including general biology, human anatomy, human physiology, general chemistry I, biochemistry (or general chemistry II ) and microbial survey, must have a lab component.

Applicants of the Accelerated option cannot be considered for admission before successful completion of at least four of the six required sciences and the human growth and development course. In addition, a clearly defined plan for completion of all prerequisite coursework prior to the start date is required before admission can be offered. Applicants are strongly advised to complete all coursework no later than the end of the semester in which the application is due (fall semester for May cohorts, spring semester for October cohorts).

The following courses are used to calculate the GPA for admission to the Accelerated option. Only the highest four science grades are included in the admission GPA. A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses.

  • English English 101, 110 or 202
  • Growth, Development, and Health across the Life span Nursing 200 or Psychology 391 or Educational Foundations 377
  • Science (General Biology) Biology 105 or 230
  • Science (Human Anatomy) Biology 211
  • Science (Physiology) Biology 212 or 319
  • Science (Microbiology) Biology 233 or 309
  • Science (Chemistry) Chemistry 101 or 105
  • Science (Biochemistry or General Chemistry II ) Chemistry 102 or 106
  • Psychology 101 or 104
  • General Education from first degree Considered on individual basis (6 credits)

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher but are not calculated as part of the admission GPA.

  • College Level Math
  • Speech Communication 111

Degree-Granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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